“Civilian, husband and father” Patsy Gillespie worked as a cook at a British Army base in Londonderry. On October 24th, 1990, he was abducted from his Shantallow home and forced to drive a van loaded with 1,000 pounds of explosives to the base at Coshquin, where it killed five British Army soldiers and Patsy himself (WP). The stone “presented by the soldiers” is opposite the bar on the Buncrana Road.
“‘Many suffer so that some day future generations may live in justice and peace’ – Bobby Sands”, “This plaque is dedicated to the memory of all those from this area who played their part in the struggle for Irish freedom.” With a roll of honour and plaques featuring Joe Cunningham, Martin McKenna, Bobby Sands, Samuel Hughes, Charles McCrystal, Jackie McErlean – the latter three were killed together by a premature bomb explosion.
Updates are made to the Westrock memorial garden: Sean Doyle’s plaque is moved to the garden from Britton’s Drive, a new plaque to the IRA’s 2 battalion F company is added, and the painted brick background wall is dashed over.
Here is the Ballymacash, Lisburn, bonfire for 2010, with “IRA” lettering and a crown of tyres. When this site was developed (in 2012), the bonfire site would later move slightly north, across Rathvarna Drive. The “No Taigs” graffiti is on Prince William Road, along the western edge of the estate.