Ten Hunger Strikers

The lower part of the long wall in Bishop Street, Derry, in 1988. From left to right: a funeral volley fired over a scroll (blank in the first shot, filled-in in the fifth; Cú Chulainn dying; portraits of the ten deceased 1981 hunger strikers; Bobby Sands’s “spirit of freedom” quote (shown in the final image) which concludes “I remain what I am – a political prisoner of war”; a celtic cross; “Free All POWs” (similar image to Racecourse Road); and a lark in barbed wire over a Tricolour.

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The Support Of Our People Is Obvious

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“The support of our people is obvious, in that we could not survive or increase our operations without it. With our support, our weaponry and the calibre of our volunteers and activists, we will win and are bet firmly [on] the task of achieving victory.” With the lark as the ‘Spirit of freedom’ and a celebrating volunteer in the tri-colours. New Lodge Road, Belfast.

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Armed Resistance

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Five in a row in Springhill Park, Strabane (with a badly damaged sixth out of shot to the left). Fianna and óglaigh in front of Sunburst and Tricolour flags; a kneeling volunteer with RPG launched “Armed resistance 1916-1987”; a lark ferrying a rifle; a raised fist; “unity is strength”.

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Valuing Freedom More Than Life

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Anyone know these artists? A mural in progress in Drumleck Gardens, Derry. Bobby Sands’s use of the lark as the “spirit of freedom” is combined with a James Connolly quote: “There is no power on Earth [or: There is no outside force] capable of enforcing slavery on a people really resolved to be free, [and] valuing freedom more than life.”

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Bobby Sands

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A smiling Bobby Sands on the side of the Sinn Féin offices on the Falls Road, (also the west Belfast office of An Phoblacht), with his famous statement that “Everyone, republican or otherwise, has his [here: “his/her”] own [particular] part to play” (and the lark with its “spirit of freedom“). This version was painted by Mo Chara in 1989, and an image of Sands has been on the wall continuously since then. Sevastopol Street, Belfast.

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