Hunger Strikers Memorial

The dove/lark on a fist (seen in 2007 but missing in 2008) is restored to the crossbar of the hunger strikers memorial in Rossville Street, Derry. Kevin Lynch’s portrait is displayed around the time of his death on August first, 1981.

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Free The People

“Free the people – north Armagh selective inter[n]ment – trial by media”, “KRY” [Kilwilkie Republican Youth]. Graffiti over an old mural of the Long Kesh watch-towers. Levin Road, Lurgan.

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No Water Charges!!!

This BBC page gives a brief history of water charges in Northern Ireland up to 2009, eight years after they were originally to be introduced. The protesting board above – “No water charges”, below an Ógra Shinn Féin board, is in Bridge Street, Strabane.

“Join Ógra Shinn Féin. Shaping the Ireland of tomorrow – a voice for the youth of today. ‘Everyone has their part to play’ – Bobby Sands.”

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In Aghaidh Impiriúlachas Na Breataine In Éirinn

“I gcomóradh na stailceoirí ocrais a fuair bás i mBloic-H na Céise Fada sa bhiain 1981 agus i ndíl chuimhne ar ár cróga go léir a thug a raibh acu ar stailc ocrais in aghaidh impiriúlachas na Breataine in Éirinn. This memorial stone is erected to commemorate the deaths of 10 republican volunteers who died in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh prison in the cause of Irish freedom. Their supreme sacrifice changed the course of Irish history forever. Their suffering and subsequent deaths showed the inhumane barbarity of a British government in its attempts to deny our people their liberty and rights as a free nation.”

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Stailc Ocrais

Twelve hunger strikers prior to the 1981 strike are included in this Shaws Road board: on the left: Thomas Ashe, Mountjoy 1917; Michael Fitzgerald, Cork 1920; Terence McSwiney, Brixton 1920; Joseph Murphy, Cork 1920; Joseph Witty, Curragh 1923; Denis Barry, Newbridge 1923; Andrew Sullivan, Newbridge 1923; Tony D’Arcy, Arbour Hill 1940; Jack McNeela, Arbour Hill 1940; Seán McCaughey, Portlaoise 1946; Michael Gaughan, Parkhurst 1974; plus on the right: Frank Stagg, Wakefield 1976.

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Beechmount Óglaigh

 

The memorial garden in Beechmount Avenue, Belfast, goes beyond commemoration of IRA volunteers. Moving clockwise: dying volunteer, “local men and women and POWs”, hunger strikers, comhaltaí Shinn Féin, proclamation, na hÓglaigh, “innocent people from the area”, “the unsung heroes off [sic] this area”, Sands quote.

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