Short Strand Roll Of Honour

“I ndíl chuihmne ar óglaigh chomplacht B an triú cathlan briogáid Bhéal Feirste Óglaigh na hÉireann a fuair bás ar son saoirse na hÉireann and all others who died as a result of British occupation of our country.” Roll of honour for IRA volunteers (up to 1978) in and from east Belfast, beginning with Charlie Monaghan/Monahan who died in 1916 the day before the Rising and who would get a mural in 2006 (and another in the Markets in 2017), as would Sean Martin who died in 1940.

Beechfield Street, Belfast.

M02361 M02360

Copyright © 2005 Peter Moloney



“Tabhair onóir doigh suíd a fuair bás ar son na hÉireann” [corrupted Irish with the general meaning “Honor … who died for Ireland”]. “Never will they label our liberation struggle as criminal! – Bobby Sands Fri. 6th March 1981”. Another Éire mural was previously further down the wall on Mountpottinger Road, Belfast.


Copyright © 2005 Peter Moloney

Lives Were Given, Lives Were Taken

“In proud and loving memory [of] republican activists who dedicated their lives to a noble cause”. “To those who come to think and pray remember well the price they paid. Lives were given, for our country to be free, lives were taken, to keep us on our knees. From 1916 to the present day our struggle continues, our enemies the same. But we know, and they know, that one day our country will be united, Gaelic, and free.” The cross in the foreground is dedicated to Louis Scullion, an IRA volunteer from Unity Flats who was shot by the British Army in July 1972. Plunkett Court, Belfast. M02287 M02288

Copyright © 2005 Peter Moloney

“Kidso” Reilly

Thomas “Kidso” Reilly was brother of Jim Reilly of Stiff Little Fingers and working as road manager for Bananarama when killed on the Springfield Road on August 9, 1983. Ian Thain, of the Light Infantry regiment, was convicted of his murder. Thain served less than three years before being released and rejoining the army (like Lee Clegg). (Guardian) “Always remembered by his friends – Trinity Lodge Celtic Supporters Club.” “Our love is on the wing/We had dreams and songs to sing” is from the song The Fields Of AthenryArdmonagh Gardens, Belfast. Previously seen in 2001.


Copyright © 2004 Peter Moloney

Vol. Kieran Doherty TD

Kieran Doherty was elected TD (Teachta Dála) for Cavan-Monaghan three weeks into his 1981 hunger strike. He held the position for two months, until he died on August 2nd. The portraits, plaques, and mural of marchers are in his home area of Andersonstown. The words “It is not those who inflict the most, but those that can endure who shall conquer in the end” is an echo of Terrance McSwiney, whose hunger strike in 1920 lasted 74 days, one more than Doherty’s.

(2004 images of 2001 M01476)

Slemish Way, Andersonstown, Belfast


Copyright © 2004 Peter Moloney

They Were Faithful And They Fought

Two images from the memorial garden in South Link, Andersonstown, Belfast to volunteers from the First Belfast Brigade (céad cathlán den Briogáid Bheal Feirste), members of the “republican movement” and “the civilians who died at the hands of the British Army, RUC, UDR, and loyalist extremists”.

M02186 M02185

Copyright © 2004 Peter Moloney

While Ireland Holds These Graves

Headstones in (roughly) reverse order: the Gibraltar Three (1988); the 1981 Hunger Strikers; Terence O’Neill (July 1, 1980); Gaughan and Stagg (1970s); the Antrim cross; Caffney, Perry, Burns (1940s); Tom Williams; McKelvery and McCartney (1920s); volunteers  1867-1922 (including “Roger Casement, Ballymena”); the United Irishmen of 1798 and 1803.

Milltown Cemetery, Belfast

M01967 M01972 M01968 M01966 M01956 (dates back to at least 1988) M01970 M01971 M01969 M01964 M01957 M01963 M01959 M01960 M01958 M01960 M01961 M01962 M01965

Copyright © 2003 Peter Moloney