Irish Regiments

Insignia of the Royal Irish Rangers, the Inniskilling Fusiliers, the Royal Irish Rifles, the 36th (Ulster) Division, the Paras, the B Specials, the Irish Guards, and the Ulster Defence Regiment, outside the Cathedral Youth Club in the Fountain, Londonderry, perhaps as inspiration to the young people, as many of the regiments still exist. The ‘odd man out’ here is the Paras – they served in Northern Ireland but were not raised from Ireland. The Fountain, Londonderry.

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Robert ‘Guinney’ McGuinness

“In memory of Robert (Guinney) McGuinness murdered by British troops on 26th June 1973. Always remembered by his friends.” McGuinness was shot from a saracen on the 22nd near his home and died four days later. Those on the scene recount his death in this Derry Journal article.

Brandywell Avenue, Derry.

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Murdered By British Forces

“This plaque is dedicated to the memory of Ned Trodden, Sean Gaynor and John McFadden murdered by British Forces 26th September 1920. Also to the people of this area who suffered at the hands of the RIC who operated out of this commendeered [sic] building [i.e. the Beehive Bar] from 1920-1922.” For more on the trio’s deaths, see The RIC Murder Gang (here called “British Forces”). Falls Road, Belfast, above the door of the Beehive.

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Ballymurphy Massacre

“Ballymurphy Massacre August 1971 – We demand the truth.” 11 Catholic civilians from Ballymurphy were shot and killed by British Army paratroopers on August 9th-11th, during the initial wave of internment. Father Hugh Mullan is shown among the flats waving a baby’s babygro/onesie as he goes to the aid of a wounded man (Bobby Clarke); having turned to go after giving him the last rites, he would be shot be a Paratrooper (depicted in the bottom right corner with distinctive beret). Whiterock Road, Belfast. Painted by Risteard Ó Murchú.

Fr Hugh Mullan, Paddy McCarthy, Frank Quinn, Joseph Murphy, Noel Philips, John Lavrty, Joan Connolly, Joe Corr, Daniel Teggart, John McKerr, Eddie Doherty

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They Haven’t Gone Away You Know

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said of the IRA in 1995 “They haven’t gone away, you know” (youtube). The phrase is here used against him, with the British Army in place of the IRA: “Those who administer British rule are traitors – they haven’t gone away you know – Afghanistan, Iraq, Ireland.” 32CSM (32 County Sovereignty Movement) board at the top of Westland Row, Derry.

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No Story Of Glory

The New Lodge’s Terry McCafferty (RIRA) was given 12 years for possession of explosives in 2005. He was released briefly on license in late 2008 before being returned to Maghaberry – the reason for the revocation was not disclosed (until December 2009) leading to claims of internment. He would be released in April 2010 (RN). The board in the middle “Britain’s dirty wars – no story of glory” is otherwise unknown.

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Gibraltar

“I ndil chumhne – In proud and loving memory of Volunteers Dan McCann, Mairead Farrell, Sean Savage, Oglaigh na hEireann who were executed by British Crown forces in Gibraltar 6th March, 1988.” The three were killed in Gibraltar by the SAS in what was known as “Operation Flavius”. The European Court Of Human Rights found that the use of force was unlawful. (WP)

“Oh! Cold March winds that pierce the dark/You cry in aged tones/For souls of folk you’ve brought to God/But still you bear the moans./Oh! Weeping wind this lonely night/My mother’s heart is sore,/Oh! Lord of all breathe freedom’s breath/That she may weep no more. – Bobby Sands”. Hawthorn Street, Belfast.

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