1st Battalion Doire Brigade

Óglaigh na hÉireann volunteers from the 1st battalion Derry brigade: (l-r) John McDaid, Brian Coyle, Eddie McSheffrey, Patsy Duffy, Jimmy Carr, Gerry Donaghey, Eugine [sic] McGillen [McGillan], Charles English, Jim Movine, Richard Quigley, Barney McFadden, Dennis Heaney, Colm Keenan, Pat Harkin, John Starrs, Eamon[n] Lafferty. Lecky Road, Derry.

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Connolly House

Connolly House, on the Andersonstown Road, Belfast, is the home of Sinn Féin. Connolly’s portrait is on the railings, on the outside wall is the plaque to John/Sean Downes, the roll of honour is on an inside wall (“this plaque was smashed by pro-British elements during an attack on Connolly House in April 2009. Re-erected by Andersonstown Commemoration Committee”).

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The Unsung Heroes

“In proud and loving memory of all local volunteers, prisoners of war, republican activists and the unsung heroes who died of natural causes having served the cause of Irish republicanism [“sean óglach” on the individual plaques]. Together in unity you formed a bond which gave true meaning to the undefeated risen people. Your deeds of bravery and resistance will never be forgotten by the people of greater St. James’s. In your honour the quest for Irish freedom continues.” With the famous “our steps will be onward” quote from Máire Drumm at an anti-internment rally in Dunville Park on 10th August, 1975 (RN). Coiste Cuimhneacháin Lár Na bhFál/Ard Na bhFeá [Memorial committee of mid-Falls/Beechmount].

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Liggett & Brady

IRA volunteer Francis Liggett was shot by the British Army in January 1973 as he attempted to rob the Royal. One of the images of Gerry Adams in paramilitary beret comes from Liggett’s funeral. Paddy Brady was a Sinn Féin activist shot in 1984 at his work by the UFF (Sutton). Both were from the St James’s area of west Belfast. Their portraits are on either side of Éire personified. They are also included in the ‘Roll of Honour’ in the memorial garden below them. The verses are from Bobby Sands’s poem Weeping Winds.

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Neamhcromtha, Neamhbhriste!

“Unbowed, unbroken.” Five of the original 18 portraits are missing – see the image from 2006 (as well as the plaque just out of shot to the left.)

This is a version of the earlier Éire/Ireland mural (depicted as a female in the centre of the mural) seen in 2005.

Mountpottinger Road, Belfast.

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Understand The Past

“Understand the past – and build a better future le chéile Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter.” “The past” in this case is the Battle Of St Matthew’s (“Chath Naomh Máitiú”), one of the formative events of the Provisional IRA (“Óglaigh na hÉireann”) (WP). The “better future” is symbolised by the dove and the absence of a weapon in the arms of the central figures – compare to this Derry mural from 1985. The mural was unveiled as part of the commemorative events to mark the 40th anniversary of the Battle.

Mountpottinger Street, Belfast.

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The Republican People Of Greater Ballymurphy

“This monument was erected by the republican people of greater Ballymurphy in proud and loving memory of all those volunteers from the area who gave their lives in the fight for Irish freedom.” Volunteers McParland, Kane, Maguire, Meehan, Sloan, McCormick, Campbell, Magee, Dougal, McCrudden, Clarke, Parker, Quigleey, Mulholland, O’Rawe, McGartland, Mulvenna, Pettigrew, Bryson, Teer, Stone, McGrillen, Tolan, McWilliams, Delaney, O’Neill, Jordan, Doyle, McCracken, McGeown. “Unveiled by Gerry Adams 12th May 1985. I ndíl cuimhne i gcónaí ag na poblachtánaigh ón cheantar Barr Cluanaí. Also in memory of the civilians who died at the hands of the British Army, RUC, UDR, and loyalist extremists.” The launch date of 1985 refers to the plaque’s former location in Glenalina Road (seen in 2001 and 2002).

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The Foundation Of The Republic Will Be Their Legacy

“This dolmen was erected in memory of the fallen volunteers of the 1st Battalion Derry Brigade Ogliagh na hEireann. The dolmen was first erected in Ireland about 3000 BC. It is believed that they were erected to honour an esteemed chieftain or warrior. Tógadh an leacht cuimhneacháin in ónóir agus i gcuimhne ar Chéad Chathlán Bhriogáid Dhoire Óglaigh na hÉireann. Tugtar ómós do mhisneach agus d’iobairt na nóglach a thug a raibh acu ar son saoirse na hÉireann. [Homage is paid to the courage and sacrifice of the volunteers who gave all they had for Irish freedom.] Ní dhéan[m]ar dearmad ar a gcrógacht agus ar a n’íobairt agus beidh bunú na poblachta a n-o[i]dhreacht. [We will not forget their bravery and sacrifice and the foundation of the republic will be their legacy.]

The ogham stone, part of the memorial garden to the Derry Brigade, has a plaque added to it.

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