Fianna Éireann 1909-2009

“Fuair siad bás ar son saoirse na hÉireann” [they died for the freedom of Ireland]. Na Fianna Éireann [warriors of Ireland; IRA youth] were begun in 1909 by Countess Markievicz and Belfast man Bulmer Hobson (WP). They took part in the Easter Rising of 1916. The role of honour lists deaths from 1969 to 1984 – the Troubles. After the Agreement, the Fianna are affiliated with Republican Sinn Féin and the Continuity IRA. At the corner of Beechmount Avenue and the Falls Road – see the Visual History of this wall.

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Copyright © 1985 Peter Moloney

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Psyops

These images show the political pieces on the back wall of the site of the old Andersonstown RUC barracks at the junction of the Glen Road and Falls Road. Fian John Dempsey (memorialised elsewhere); Sinn Féin using a quote from Mao; graffiti supporting Palestine and the Basque Country; a hunger strikers memorial; graffiti equating Israel and the Nazis.

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Copyright © 2006 Peter Moloney

Fian Neil McCrory

“I ndíl cuimhne ar Neil McCrory a fuair bás an triú lá de Shámhain 1976 i laimhe dilseoirí [at the hands of loyalists]. Dedicated to the memory of Fian Neil McCrory murdered 3rd November 1976. Scouts of Na Fianna a band o’er the nation/May every home greet you with joy and delight/May God give you strength for to love him and Ireland/And when the day comes gives you courage to fight.” Beechmount Avenue, Belfast.

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Volunteers From The Greater New Barnsley Area

“In memory of the volunteers from Greater New Barnsley area who gave their lives in the fight for Irish freedom: Martin Forsythe, Bobby McCrudden, Eddie O’Rawe, Martin Skillen, Gerard Fennell, Sean McDermott, Terence O’Neill, James Murphy, Tom Magill, Sean Savage, Kevin McCracken, Pearse Jordan, Liam Mulholland, Fian Cathy McGartland, Fian John Dempsey, Sinn Fein Paul Best, Sinn Fein Eddie Brophy.” Moyard Parade, Belfast.

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They Were Faithful And They Fought

Two images from the memorial garden in South Link, Andersonstown, Belfast to volunteers from the First Belfast Brigade (céad cathlán den Briogáid Bheal Feirste), members of the “republican movement” and “the civilians who died at the hands of the British Army, RUC, UDR, and loyalist extremists”.

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Freedom Hath Arisen

“It is not those who can inflict the most but those who can endure the most shall win.” (Terence MacSwiney). Those “from the Ardoyne, Bone, and Ligoniel who died because of Ireland’s troubles” are commemorated on the Celtic cross (which dates back to 1976). The plaque (dating at least to 1993) reads “Oft from prison bars, oft from battle flashes/Oft from heroes’ lip, oftenest from their ashes.” and includes names of deceased IRA and Sinn Féin members killed up to 1972, and civilian locals. M01787.

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Join Now

“Éire Nua” was (and is) the name of a Sinn Féin policy document first produced in 1979 and subsequently updated; Republican Sinn Féin split off in 1986 and – like Na Fianna Éireann and Continuity IRA – still supports the vision outlined in it. Notable here is the inclusion of a (now-defunct) web address. Divis Street, Belfast.

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