IRSP Remembers The H-Block Martyrs

2007 image of the 1981 hunger strike 25th anniversary board in Bleach Green/Main Street, Dungiven, seen previously in 2006.

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Let Us Swear By Joe’s Martyred Blood

“This plaque commemorates IRA vol. Joe McDonnell who lived in this house prior to his capture on 14th Oct 1976. Joe later died at 5.11 am on 8th July 1981 after 61 days on hunger strike in the h blocks Long Kesh. ‘Let us swear by Joe’s martyred blood never to waver of fail til the true united Irish socialist republic stands forth before the nations, a testimony to the worthiness of our case.’ Óglach calma dobhirste. [A strong, unbreakable volunteer]” Lenadoon Avenue, Belfast.

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Kieran Doherty

“I gcuimhne ar Vol. Kieran Doherty TD, [IRA] Briogáid Bhéal Feirste, 0f 54 Commedagh Drive, rugadh 16ú Deireadh Fómhair 1955, elected TD for Cavan/Monaghan 18th June 1981, a fuair bás 2ú Lúnasa 1981, after 73 days on hunger strike in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh. ‘It is not those who can inflict the most, but those who can endure the most, who will conquer in the end.’ [Terence McSwiney]” The memorial stone is in Commedagh Drive, Belfast, just west of Doherty’s home.

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A Generation Remembers

“A generation remembers the hungerstrike martyrs.” On the 25th anniversary of the 1981 hunger strike, portraits of the strikers (including Gaughan and Stagg from the 70s) were displayed on the railings of Dunville Park, Falls Road, Belfast.

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Our Revenge Will Be The Laughter Of Our Children

These three images are from the grassy areas at the junctions of Dublin Road and Tullyree Road in Kilcoo, Co Down. There is a large memorial stone from the South Down Republican Graves Association “in loving memory of those who died on hungerstrike in the H Blocks of Long Kesh” along with Sands’s quote, ten crosses in the shape of an “H”, and “IRA” letters nailed to the electricity pole. “Fuair siad bas [bás] ag [ar] son saoirse hEireann [na hÉireann] .”

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St James’s Support The Hunger Strikers

Here is a wide shot and some details of the two-part mural in Hugo Street, seen in progress in 2001 and completed in 2002. On the left is a depiction of the funeral of Joe McDonnell; on the right, posters and protesters from the time of the hunger strikes.

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