Free Ireland

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1991 image of the Free Ireland mural on Beechmount Avenue (RPG Avenue), Belfast, with two shots of the side wall. At the top, a stencilled board reads “Release Mark Prior, Liam Coogan, Jim McCabe, Kev Mulholland – these boys are innocent.” (The “Beechmount Five”. See Greenleft News) At the bottom, Pearse’s famous lines “The fools, the fools, they have left us our Fenian dead and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.”

For a close-up of the IRA plaque, see 1990’s Free Ireland.

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Copyright © 1991 Peter Moloney

Valuing Freedom More Than Life

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Anyone know these artists? A mural in progress in Drumleck Gardens, Derry. Bobby Sands’s use of the lark as the “spirit of freedom” is combined with a James Connolly quote: “There is no power on Earth [or: There is no outside force] capable of enforcing slavery on a people really resolved to be free, [and] valuing freedom more than life.”

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Copyright © 1990 Peter Moloney

Armed Struggle

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Five panels in a row in Innisfree Gardens, Strabane: (1) the shield of the four provinces, (2) a phoenix with “Out of the ashes rose the provisionals” (3) Ireland unfree shall never be at peace (seen in 1989), (4) “Honour Ireland’s dead” with a Celtic cross and Easter lily, (5) “Armed struggle” and “Resistance 1916-1989” and three armed volunteers.

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Copyright © 1990 Peter Moloney