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 [who will conquer].” (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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Organised Opposistion

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Fianna recruitment board in Central Drive, Derry: “Whilst Ireland or any of her is occupied or governed by a foreign body then the only attitude of Irish youth should be one of organized opposistion. Na Fianna Eireann – education disciplined revolutionary youth movement.” For a similar board in colour (also in Central Drive), see Educated Disciplined.

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Copyright © 1990 Peter Moloney