Patsy O’Hara

Patsy O’Hara of the INLA (the IRSP is its political wing) died on hunger strike on May 21st, 1981. This Shaws Road mural was painted for the 25th anniversary of his death. There is a signature of sorts at the bottom: “RSM [Republican Socialist Movement] Andersonstown”.

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Copyright © 2008 Peter Moloney

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Years From Now They Will Ask You

“Years from now they will ask you where you were when your comrades were dying on hungerstrike. Shall you say you were with us or shall you say that you were conforming to the very system that drove us to our deaths[?]” INLA (sign the light-pole as well as the flags and red star in the mural) volunteer Patsy O’Hara, from Derry, joined the hunger strike on the same day as Raymond McCreesh (March 22nd) and died, 61 days later, later in the same day (May 21st, 11:29 p.m.) as him (2:11 a.m.).

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Vol Micky Devine

Michael “Mickey” (though here “Micky”) Devine was a founder member of the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) in his native Derry (The Plough & The Stars) and also of the INLA (IRSP Derry). The mural on the gable shown above includes the socialist symbols of the red star and the plough, great bear (ursa major), or “big dipper” shining over the towers of Long Kesh, where Devine died on the 21st of August, 1981, after 60 days on hunger strike, the tenth and final striker to die. Fern Road, Derry.

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