The birthplace of Francis Hughes, IRA volunteer, the RUC’s most wanted man, and second hunger striker to die in 1981, is commemorated on Scribe Road (perhaps from “scríob” (for “furrow”), Bellaghy. “From the people of south Derry.”
[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.
This poster of Irish hunger strikers goes back before Frank Stagg and Michael Gaughan in the 1970s to include Thomas Ashe, Michael Fitzgerald, Terence McSwiney, Joseph Murphy, Joseph Whitty, Dennis Barry, Andrew O’Sullivan, Tony D’Arcy, [Seán] Jack MacNeela, and Sean McCaughey.
There are individual portraits of all twelve. Mullaghboy Road, Bellaghy.
The title phrase is attributed to Brian McCreesh of his hunger-striker brother Raymond, from Camlough, Co Armagh. “Remember the H-Block martyrs.” This board is (temporarily) on display in Main Street, Dungiven.
“Dungiven remembers INLA Vol Kevin Lynch. Help build the socialist republic for which he died.” Lynch died after 71 days on hunger strike in 1981. The IRSP was the political wing of the INLA and continues to operate.
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.
“I have no prouder boast to say, I am Irish and have been privileged to fight for the Irish people for Ireland. If I have a duty, I will perform it to the full with the unshakable belief that we are a noble race and the chains and bonds have no part in us.” – Francis Hughes. The ten deceased 1981 hunger strikers along with Frank Stagg and Michael Guaghan are featured in this Navan Street, Armagh, mural. In the centre, between the words of Francis Hughes and a “Youth Against H. Block/Armagh” protester are blanket men Hugh Rooney and Freddie Toal.