Óglaigh Na hÉireann 1803–2003

Robert Emmet was hanged on September 20th, 1803, after his unsuccessful rebellion. At trial, he predicted that the struggle for Irish independence would continue, in his parting speech: “When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then and not till then, let my epitaph be written.” There is no direct link between the Irishmen and an army of the Irish Republic – after the execution of Emmet and Thomas Russell, the Society Of United Irishmen collapsed. The Maid Of Erin harp is the symbol of the Society.

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B Company 1st Battalion Belfast Brigade IRA


These images are of the IRA memorial stone in Bingnian Drive, Belfast, honouring members of the B Company, 1st Battalion, Belfast Brigade and local Andersonstown residents. The stone bears an Easter lily, including a leaf of the plant.

“Togadh an leach chuimhneacháin seo i ndíl chuimhne na nÓglach de chuid complacht B an chéad chathlann Bríogáid Bhéal Feirste, Óglaigh ne hÉireann. Moltoir, comh maith, a gcuid comradaithe a sheas agust a throid lena diaobh. Bíodh cuimhneadh, fosta, ar na daoine ón cheantair a chinmharaiodh ag arm na Breataine agus a comhglacaithe.”

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The Women Of 1916

“They stand for the honour of Ireland/As their sisters in days that are gone/And they’ll march with their brothers to freedom/The soldiers of Cumann na mBan.” “This mural is dedicated to the Women of Cumann na mBan, Oglaigh na hEireann & Sinn Fein”. “From R[uth] Taillon’s book The Women Of 1916.” With portraits of two volunteers with Belfast associations: Winifred Carney and Nora Connolly. Hawthorn Street, Belfast. Seen previously in 2001 left | right.


Copyright © 2004 Peter Moloney