Fountain Bonfire

The Fountain bonfire on July 11th, ready for burning after nightfall, with a slew of CNR flags and banners, including Irish tricolours, as well as flags and electoral boards for Sinn Féin. At the bottom are two small boards and a wreath for the 30th anniversary of the second hunger strike.

Previous bonfires: 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010

Hawkin Street, Londonderry

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The Very System That Drove Us To Our Deaths

“Years from now they will ask you where you were when your comrades were dying on hunger strike. Shall you say that you were with us, or shall you say that you were conforming to very system that drove us to our deaths.” The mural is to Mickey Devine, with a smaller (and much older) plaque to Patsy O’Hara (the plaque was previously information about Devine). Both were INLA volunteers and both died in the 1981 hunger strike, along with Kevin Lynch; Liam McCloskey was taken off the strike by his family after 55 days.

Chemical Street, Belfast.

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Vol. James McPhilemy

“In memory of Vol. James McPhilemy, Irish National Liberation Army, killed on active service 10th August 1988. Throid sé agus fuair sé bás ar son mhuintir na hÉireann. [He fought and he died for the people of Ireland].” (This is the rare case when “active service” does not mean a premature bomb explosion.) There is also a memorial to McPhilemy in Strabane.

Urney Road, Clady

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Strabane INLA Memorial

“Arm Saoirse Náisiúnta na h-Éireann. [INLA] Vol. James McPhilemy, killed in action 10 August 1988; [INLA] Vol. Alex Patterson killed in action 12 November 1990. ‘Your spirit will live on in the hearts of all who cherish freedom, justice and equality. Fuair siad bás ar son saoirse na h-Éireann.”

Gallany Court, Strabane

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Joseph Craven

“In proud memory of our fallen comrade Joseph Craven, Irish National Liberation Army, murdered by Loyalists 5th December 1983. He died as he lived – a true revolutionary. Erected by the Irish Republican Socialist Ex-Prisoners Memorial Committee.” Craven was shot by the UVF from a motorcycle.

Bawnmore Park, Newtownabbey

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Ferguson & O’Neill

“In proud memory of our fallen comrades Irish National Liberation Army Vol. Hugh Ferguson assassinated [by the OIRA] 20th February 1975, Comrade Hugh O’Neill accidental death 10th July 1981. The struggle for any dream lies in the freedom of their country. Erected by the Irish Republican Socialist Ex-Prisoners Memorial Committee.” Whiterock Parade, Belfast.

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Fuair Siad Bás Ar Son Saoirse Na hÉireann

Memorial board to four volunteers from Armagh – Jake McGerrigan (OIRA), Tony Hughes (OIRA), Peadar McElvanna (IRA), Gerard Mallon (INLA). The board is in Culdee Terrace, Armagh, where Hughes was shot by the British Army while moving arms in 1973 (Sutton). There is also a plaque to his memory and a stone commemorating both Hughes and McGerrigan who was killed two days earlier (April 7th, 1973) in nearby Windmill Avenue.

The marks over the four “i”s in the central saying “Fuair siad bás ar son saoirse na hÉireann”[They died for Ireland’s freedom] should not be confused with fadas, as over the “a” in “bás” and “e” in “Éireann”. There is typically less confusion because Irish, strictly speaking, does not have a tittle (a dot) on top of “i”, especially on public signs and in ‘Celtic’ typefaces.

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