90th Anniversary UVF

“Ulster Volunteer Force 90th anniversary 1912-2002.” The modern UVF was formed in 1966 and took the name of the 1913 Ulster Volunteers.

Donegore Drive, Antrim.

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John Gregg

“South East Antrim [UDA/UYM]. In proud memory of Brig. John Gregg, T. Daly, B. Hobbs, B. Smyth, J. Kelly, G. Evans, J. McClure, W. Gordon, G. Fittis, A. Helm. Quis separabit.” Gregg was a hero to loyalists for seriously injuring Gerry Adams in 1984. He was killed in the Adair feud in 2003.

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UFF 2nd Batt A Coy Glengormley

“They live with us in memory still/Not just today but always will.” “Dedicated to all our fallen comrades of South East Antrim Brigade.” “Vol A Helm, Co G Evens, Vol W Gordan, Vol J Woods, Vol T McDonald”. Queens Avenue, Glengormley.

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The Undauntable Thought

Michael Ferguson Sinn Féin MLA 25-10-53–25-9-06. Sean Keenan Sinn Féin 9-5-50–31-7-06. “It lights the dark of this prison cell/it thunders forth its might/it is the undauntable thought, my friend/the thought that says ‘I’m right'” – Bobby Sands”. Keenan was son of Derry republican Seán Keenan.

“Óglaigh na hÉireann. Óglach Patricia Black 28-11-71–15-11-91. Óglach Frankie Ryan 23-9-66–15-11-91. Beirigí bua.” The pair died near London when a bomb exploded prematurely.

On Pantridge Road, which runs into Michael Ferguson Roundabout at its eastern end. (See Teeling Family.)

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West Tyrone Command

Updated version of the monument to West Tyrone Command (seen in 2005) – perhaps with new fencing. A modern volunteer stands on the left, Cú Chulainn on the right. “In proud memory of Vol. Charles Breslin age 20, Vol. Michael Devine age 22, Vol. David Devine age 16. West Tyrone command, Ógliagh na hÉireann. Killed by crown forces near this spot23 Feb. 1985.” The three were killed in an alleged shoot-to-kill incident. Obituaries in An Phoblacht. Fountain Street, Strabane.

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They Paid The Ultimate Sacrifice

“This plaque is dedicated to the memory of Lt. Col. Trevor King died 9th July 1994, Major Wm (Frenchie) Marchant died 28th April 1987, Davy Hamilton died 17th June 1994. These brave men were killed near this spot by the enemies of Ulster. No sacrifice is too great for one’s country. They paid the ultimate sacrifice. ‘They shall grow not old/as we that are left grow old/Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn/At the going down of the sun and in the morning/We will remember them.'” The plaque is old (see They Paid The Ultimate Sacrifice) but the mural is new. All three men – Marchant, King, Hamilton (and Craig) – were shot near the mural/plaque in Spier’s Place – for information, see Ordinary People, Extraordinary Roles.

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