“Arm Saoirse Náisiúnta na h-Éireann. [INLA] Vol. James McPhilemy, killed in action 10 August 1988; [INLA] Vol. Alex Patterson killed in action 12 November 1990. ‘Your spirit will live on in the hearts of all who cherish freedom, justice and equality. Fuair siad bás ar son saoirse na h-Éireann.”
“In proud memory of our fallen comrades Irish National Liberation Army Vol. Hugh Ferguson assassinated [by the OIRA] 20th February 1975, Comrade Hugh O’Neill accidental death 10th July 1981. The struggle for any dream lies in the freedom of their country. Erected by the Irish Republican Socialist Ex-Prisoners Memorial Committee.” Whiterock Parade, Belfast.
[The people of Derry remember the hunger strikers] Scenes from the rally for the 2010 National Hunger Strike Commemoration, August 15th, 2010, in Hunters Park, Bellaghy. The left-hand painting is signed by a Short Strand artist and Marty Lyons; the right-hand painting is of the capture of native son Francis Hughes.
Páirc Réamonn Mac Raois, in Patrick Street, Newry, named after the third 1981 hunger striker to die, Raymond McCreesh, who was from Camlough and went to St Colman’s grammar in Newry. The park was named in 2001 and would become controversial in 2012. With “CIRA” graffiti on the back wall.
“In loving memory of Eamonn Hughes murdered by British collaborators 13th September 2008 protecting his family. May you rest in peace Eamonn.” One man was convicted and another of attempting to run over two women with a car.
“If you know your history …” – a mural sponsored by the Belfast Celtic Society in St. James’s Crescent celebrates some star players – Charlie Tully (WP), Paddy Bonnar, and Jimmy Jones (WP) – and the old playing ground, Celtic Park or ‘Paradise’, on Donegall Road. Wide shot and close-ups below. (Belfast Telegraph write-up.)
IRA volunteer Francis Liggett was shot by the British Army in January 1973 as he attempted to rob the Royal. One of the images of Gerry Adams in paramilitary beret comes from Liggett’s funeral. Paddy Brady was a Sinn Féin activist shot in 1984 at his work by the UFF (Sutton). Both were from the St James’s area of west Belfast. Their portraits are on either side of Éire personified. They are also included in the ‘Roll of Honour’ in the memorial garden below them. The verses are from Bobby Sands’s poem Weeping Winds.