Unbowed And Unbroken

At the top and bottom of the same hill, the dolmen is off St Columba’s Walk while the ogham stone is on Lecky Road. Both serve as monuments to Derry Brigade IRA 1st battalion dead. The lettering on the standing stone has worn away significantly – compare with 1999.

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Briogáid Dhoire Óglaigh Na hÉireann

Many memorial plaques to IRA volunteers have been featured previously on this site: Michael Quigley | Brian Coyle | Patsy Duffy | Dennis Heaney | John Starrs. The Derry Brigade memorial in the median between Fahan Street and Rossville Street “is dedicated to those Volunteers who died in places where circumstances do not permit the erection of a commemorative plaque.” There are 18 names on the stone. Vintage rifles are crossed in front of an oak leaf, symbol of the city of Derry.

“Ar fud na ceathrach seo, tá gluaiseacht na poblachta tar éis na heaiteacha mar a bhfuair Óglach ne hÉireann bás ar fianas a mharcáil le leaca cuimhneacháin. Tá an leac seo toirbhrithe do na hÓglaigh siúd a fuair bás in áiteacha nach bhfiul fóirsteanach do thógáil leica cuimhneachain. Arna thógáil a gcomrádaithe i nGluaiseacht ne poblachta. 12ú Deireadh Fómhair 2003. Beirigí bua.”

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Briogáid Dhoire

The IRA Derry Brigade memorial at the shops on Racecourse Road, Derry, includes quotes from Robert Emmet (not: Emmett) – When my country takes her place among the nations of the Earth, then and not until then let my epitaph be written – and the Easter Rising proclamation – We declare the right of the people of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies to be sovereign and indefeasible – in both English and Irish.

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