These are close-ups of the IRA memorial in Derry’s City Cemetery (“Erected Easter 1975”, with the roll of honour extended around the base and then onto additional stones, and a plaque added in 1991 on the 75th anniversary of the second hunger strike and seen first in 1994). “Arna tógáil An Cháisc 1975, ag Briogáid Dhoire, Ógliagh na hÉireann in ómós agus i gcuimhne ár gcomrádaithe a rinne a ardíobairt go saortar ár dtír dhúchais.”
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Copyright © 2007 Peter Moloney
Ulster’s defenders, past and present, from Cuchulainn “Ancient defender of Ulster from Gael attacks”, via the 1893 UDU and WWI soldiers memorialised in the towers at Messines and Thiepval, to the modern UDA/UFF: “In memory of the officers and volunteers of A. Coy. UDA/UFF West Belfast Brigade who unselfishly dedicated their lives in defence of their country.”
There was also a Cuchulainn mural on Newtownards Rd in 1992 (updated in 2005), as well as ‘past defenders’ in the form of B Specials and UDR (1992 | 2005).
Among the volunteers listed on the stone, 19 year old Alan Simpson was shot in his home in nearby Highfield Drive.
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Copyright © 2006 Peter Moloney
This is a complete set of images of the UDA’s “Freedom Corner” along Newtownards Road, Belfast. The use of Cuchulainn as a loyalist icon (the mural is in its second incarnation – for the first, see Defender Of Ulster From Irish Attacks) rests on the theory that the people of mythical Ulster are different from those in the rest of Ireland and are related to ancient Scots: Dalaradia was “was a kingdom of the Cruthin in the north-east of Ireland and parts of Scotland in the first millennium.” The “Ulster Nation” flag/shield (which also appears in the final image) is a St Patrick’s cross on a blue background with six-pointed star and red hand, the flag of the Ulster (Northern Ireland) independence movement.
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Copyright © 2005 Peter Moloney
A Celtic cross, the dying Cú Chulainn, pikes, and the Tricolour and Starry Plough are used to adorn a roll of honour for deceased members of IRA Belfast Brigade, 2nd battalion, B company. Springfield Road, Belfast.
Copyright © 2002 Peter Moloney
The lower part of the long wall in Bishop Street, Derry, in 1988. From left to right: a funeral volley fired over a scroll (blank in the first shot, filled-in in the fifth; Cú Chulainn dying; portraits of the ten deceased 1981 hunger strikers; Bobby Sands’s “spirit of freedom” quote (shown in the final image) which concludes “I remain what I am – a political prisoner of war”; a celtic cross; “Free All POWs” (similar image to Racecourse Road); and a lark in barbed wire over a Tricolour.
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Copyright © 1998 Peter Moloney
Cú Chulainn and an Easter Rising volunteer form “a tribute to the heroes of 19196”: “We … declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible.”
Copyright © 1995 Peter Moloney
Wide shot showing the low wall between the two “Ulster’s defenders” murals: “Our message to the Irish is simple: Hands off Ulster; Irish out; The Ulster conflict is about nationality”, and “We will maintain our faith and our nationality” above images of the Bible. Newtownards Road, Belfast.
© 1992 Alan Gallery, All rights reserved
Cú Chulainn – the “ancient defender of Ulster from Irish attacks over 2000 years ago” and with Ulster banner shield – is made a precursor of the UDA’s East Belfast Brigade – “Ulsters present day defenders”. The volunteer is – unusually – unmasked. Newtownards Road, Belfast.
© 1992 Alan Gallery, All rights reserved
This is an interesting mural from North Queen Street, if only because of its colour-scheme and composite style. Included in it are Cú Chulainn dying, Tuan the eagle, two bulls (from the Táin) and a dolmen. There are also various faces in the background and a rainbow of colours on the right. If you have any information about the piece, please get in touch.
Copyright © 1990 Peter Moloney
The words of Padraig Mac Piarais’s poem Mise Éire are included alongside the portraits of the seven signatories to the 1916 Proclamation. It includes the line “Great is my glory, I who bore brave Cú Chulainn” and Cú Chulainn is pictured on the right, in the death pose made famous by Oliver Sheppard in a statue installed in the GPO in 1935. Painted by Mo Chara.
Mise Éire: Sine mé ná an Chailleach Bhéarra.
Mór mo ghlóir: Mé a rug Cú Chulainn cróga.
Mór mo náir: Mo chlann féin a dhíol a máthair.
[Mór mo phian: Bithnaimhde do mo shíorchiapadh.]
[Mór mo bhrón: D’éag an dream inar chuireas dóchas.]
Mise Éire: Uaigní mé ná an Chailleach Bhéarra.
Norglen Gardens, Belfast
Copyright © 1989 Peter Moloney