Neamhcromtha, Neamhbhriste

“Unbowed, unbroken.” This is a version of the earlier Éire/Ireland mural (depicted as a female in the centre of the mural) seen in 2005.  Portraits of 18 local republicans are included, beginning with Charlie Monahan and Murtagh McAstocker. This mural is similar to the earlier one on the shop gable (which had 16 portraits).

The plaque to the left reads “Dedicated to the memory of the volunteers of B company 3rd battalion Belfast brigade Óglaigh na hÉireann who died fighting for an Irish socialist republic. Fuair siad bás ar son saoirse na hÉireann.”

Mountpottinger Road, Belfast

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Éirí Amach Na Cásca

For the 90th anniversary of the Easter Rising, the mural shown above was painted on Beechmount Avenue, Belfast (aka RPG Avenue). The mural reproduces a 1941 stamp designed by Victor Brown showing an armed volunteer outside the GPO. For more information and the postage stamp, see Raising The Flag.

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Pray For Us And Erin

“Dedicated to Vols Bobby McCrudden, Mundo O’Rawe, Pearse Jordan. In passing this mural pause a little while, pray for us and erin, then smile.” Ballymurphy mural to three local PIRA volunteers. O’Rawe’s pose (in the centre) perhaps owes something to the poster for the 1996 film Michael Collins. From a photo at CAIN, the plaque reads “I ndíl chuímhne Oglach Edward ‘Mundo’ O’Rawe, Oglach Robert McCrudden, Oglach Pearse Jordan Who gave their lives for Ireland’s freedom.”

Divismore Crescent, Belfast

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Ardoyne, The Bone And Ligoniel

“This mural is dedicated to the memory of those local republican activists [34 portraits of volunteers from “A, D, F foireannacha, cathlann 3rú, Briogaid mBeal Feirste”] who devoted their lives to the cause of Irish freedom. Ar son na c[ú]ise. Oglaigh na hÉireann. Unveiled by Sinn Féin councillors Martin Meehan and Margaret McClenaghan.”

“Many suffer so that some day future generations may live in justice and peace – Bobby Sands MP.”

The plaque on the stone is “Dedicated to those friends and neighbours from Ardoyne, the Bone and Ligoniel whose contribution and support to our struggle was and remains invaluable. Aithníonn muid a gcrógacht. Oglaigh na hÉireann. Meán Fómhair 2003.”  Ardoyne Avenue, Belfast.

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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.

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Éire

“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.

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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

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