“Give your child a special gift this year – the gift of bilingualism. Naíscoil & Gaelscoil Éadain Mhóir. Saroideachas i gcroílár an phobail. Quality education in the heart of the community.” On the rear of Free Derry Corner.
“Arm Saoirse Náisiúnta na h-Éireann. [INLA] Vol. James McPhilemy, killed in action 10 August 1988; [INLA] Vol. Alex Patterson killed in action 12 November 1990. ‘Your spirit will live on in the hearts of all who cherish freedom, justice and equality. Fuair siad bás ar son saoirse na h-Éireann.”
“‘Many suffer so that some day future generations may live in justice and peace’ – Bobby Sands”, “This plaque is dedicated to the memory of all those from this area who played their part in the struggle for Irish freedom.” With a roll of honour and plaques featuring Joe Cunningham, Martin McKenna, Bobby Sands, Samuel Hughes, Charles McCrystal, Jackie McErlean – the latter three were killed together by a premature bomb explosion.
The birthplace of Francis Hughes, IRA volunteer, the RUC’s most wanted man, and second hunger striker to die in 1981, is commemorated on Scribe Road (perhaps from “scríob” (for “furrow”), Bellaghy. “From the people of south Derry.”
[The people of Derry remember the hunger strikers] Scenes from the rally for the 2010 National Hunger Strike Commemoration, August 15th, 2010, in Hunters Park, Bellaghy. The left-hand painting is signed by a Short Strand artist and Marty Lyons; the right-hand painting is of the capture of native son Francis Hughes.
“Óglaigh na hÉireann Iúr Cinn Trá [Newry] i gcuimhne na n-Óglaigh a throid agus a fuair bás [who fought and died] ar son saoirse na hÉireann”. National Graves Association headstone over the republican plot in St Mary’s cemetery. Old Warrenpoint Road, Newry.
Páirc Réamonn Mac Raois, in Patrick Street, Newry, named after the third 1981 hunger striker to die, Raymond McCreesh, who was from Camlough and went to St Colman’s grammar in Newry. The park was named in 2001 and would become controversial in 2012. With “CIRA” graffiti on the back wall.
Three images from the roundabout joining Mullaghmore Road, Donaghmore Road, and Newell Road, in Dungannon. East Tyrone remembers both the 1981 hunger strike and IRA Volunteers Sean Loughran, Dermot Crowley, and Patrick Carty, who died “on active service” (premature bomb explosion) in June 1973 (An Phoblacht).
“West Tyrone Command Óglaigh na hÉireann. Óglach Charles Breslin, Óglach David Devine, Óglach Michael Devine. Fuair siad bás ar son saoirse na hÉireann.” Board next to the permanent memorial to the three in Fountain Street, Strabane.