Creggan Volunteers

Two memorial plaques are added to Cromore Drive in Creggan, not far from the 2nd battalion memorial garden: Joe Walker was shot by the British Army in 1973 (Derry Daily); Paddy Deery and Eddie McSheffrey were killed while transporting a bomb in 1987 (Derry Journal).

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Bawnmore Memorial

“‘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.

Bawnmore Park, Newtownabbey

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Ballymacash Bonfire

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.

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Óglaigh Na hÉireann Iúr Cinn Trá

“Óglaigh na hÉireann Iúr Cinn Trá [Newry] i gcuimhne na n-Óglaigh a throid agus a fuair bás [who fought and died] ar son saoirse na hÉireann”. National Graves Association headstone over the republican plot in St Mary’s cemetery. Old Warrenpoint Road, Newry.

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Newry IRA

Monument in Newry’s Derrybeg estate. The central panels are to (left) the “1916 Easter Rising leader’s [sic] executed by the British government” and (right) Newry IRA volunteers Patrick Hughes, Edward Grant, Michael Hughes, Brendan Watters, and Colum Marks.

Second Avenue, Newry

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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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