The Lurgan Ambush

“Fuair siad bás ar son saoirse na hÉireann. Óglach Sean Burns, Óglach Gerva[i]se McKerr, Óglach Eugene Toman. “But they dared to hold their heads up high and never once did fail to declare their wish for freedom like true sons of the Gael” – The Lurgan Ambush (A poem by Ita Green)”. The IRA volunteers were three of the six people shot in Lurgan in three incidents in November and December of 1982: Seamus Grew, Roddy Carroll, Michael Tighe. The deaths of the six would be investigated by the Stalker Inquiry into the shoot-to-kill policy.

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West Belfast Taxi Association

“West Belfast Taxi Association. Dedicated to the memory of Michael Duggan, Harry Muldoon, Patsy McAllister, Coimhin Mac Bradaigh, Thomas Hughes, Hugh Magee, Padraig Ó Cleirigh, Jim Green. Murdered in the service of their community. A Dhia dean trocaire ar an n-anama. May God have mercy on their souls.” Just inside the WBTA office at King St/Berry St/Francis St.

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Gabh Gaelach

“Gabh Gaelach” [Go Gaelic]. “Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste” [Broken Irish is preferable to clever English]. “Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam” [A land without a language is a land without a soul]. “Sí athghabháil na Gaeilge athghabháil na hÉireann” [The recovery of Irish is the recovery of Ireland] – based on a quote by Máirtín Ó Cadhain. Bunscoil An tSléibhe Dhuibh [Black Mountain Primary School]. The mural on the gable celebrates 125 of the GAA, particularly local teams Cumman [sic] Spóirt An Phobail, Cardinal O’Donnell’s, Gort Na Móna, and Cumann Naomh Eoin.

Video of the Gabh Gaelach murals launch on August 3rd. Funding from the Re-Imaging Communities project with help from USDT and Glór Na Móna. Artists Lucas Quigley (gable), Fra Maher (left), Ristead Ó Murchú (right).

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Kevin Lynch’s

Kevin Lynch captained the Derry Under-16 hurling team to an All-Ireland trophy (see X02866). The hurling half of the local Dungiven CLG was renamed in his honour after the INLA volunteer died after 71 days on hunger strike in 1981. “Misneach ‘s dilseach” [Courageous and loyal]. Lynch is shown here in a setting of ancient Ireland, reminiscent of Setanta/Cú Chulainn. Main Street, Dungiven.

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First Person To Die In The Troubles

2009 was the fortieth anniversary of the beginning of the Troubles and of the “first person to be killed in the Troubles – murdered by the RUC at this spot [Main Street, Dungiven] on 14th July 1969”: Francie (Pól Beag) McCloskey. McCloskey was a 67 year-old farmer standing in a shop doorway on the 12th (BelTel) or 13th (An Phoblacht) when the RUC charged nationalist rioters attacking the Orange lodge. He would die of a brain hemorrhage on the 14th. “Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

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50 Aniversario Cuban Revolution

“50 aniversario Cuban Revolution 1959-2009. Comhgairdeas a mhuintir Chúba! [Congratulations, people of Cuba!] Caoga bliain den réabhlóid. [Fifty years of the revolution.] ‘We have no right to believee that freedom can be won without struggle’ – Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara Lynch. Ógra Shinn Féin.” International board in Meetinghouse Street, Strabane, with portraits of Fidel Castro and (Jim Fitzpatrick’s) Che.

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