Free The POWs

Republican H-Block POWs divided into “sentenced’ (Lyttle, S. Campbell, Collins, McGarrigle, McKinney, McSorley, McEvoy, Doherty, McKeirnan, Thompson, Mary E. Campbell) and “remand” (Magee, Mahon, O’Hagan, Bradley, M. Campbell, Hughes, Stitt, Boyle, Lavery, McCart).

On the right, a manacled fist in front of strands of barbed wire, with “saoirse” and the male and female symbols in the green of the ‘green ribbon’ campaign. New Lodge Road, Belfast. Also rare: the mural is dated (1995).

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Copyright © 1995 Peter Moloney

Three Songs To The One Burden

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The ten deceased hunger strikers are named, called “H-Block Martyrs”, and their entry into heaven requested: “St. Peter let these men into heaven, for they have served their time in hell” (for info, see I Refuse To Change) alongside a christian cross.

The lower part of the gate is the last stanza of a Yeats poem, Three Songs To The One Burden: “Some had no thought of vi[c]tory but had gone out to die, that Ireland mind be greater, her heart mount up on high; and yet who knows what[‘]s to come[?]”

This is a repainted and greatly changed version of Remember The Hunger Strikers in Westland Street, Derry.

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Copyright © 1986 Peter Moloney