Who Fears To Speak Of Easter Week

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Two images of a mural for the 75th anniversary of the Easter Rising (éirí amach na Casca 1916-1991) by Mo Chara Kelly, who recreates a piece by Robert Ballagh showing the signatories of the Proclamation with raised fists (included below).  A phoenix is added, above. Glenalina Road/Whiterock Road, Belfast.

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The Republican People Of Greater Ballymurphy

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A phoenix rises out of a Celtic cross wrapped in the Tricolour. “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. Unveiled by Gerry Adams 12th May 1985. I ndíl cuimhne i gcónai ag na poblachtánaigh ón cheantar Barr Cluanai. Also in memory of the civilians who died at the hands of the British Army, RUC, UDR and loyalist extremists.” Glenalina Road, Belfast.

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Armed Struggle

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Five panels in a row in Innisfree Gardens, Strabane: (1) the shield of the four provinces, (2) a phoenix with “Out of the ashes rose the provisionals” (3) Ireland unfree shall never be at peace (seen in 1989), (4) “Honour Ireland’s dead” with a Celtic cross and Easter lily, (5) “Armed struggle” and “Resistance 1916-1989” and three armed volunteers.

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Freedom

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“Freedom: For freedom you fasted & died/For the five rights you were denied/For the evil we know to blame/For England shrouded in shame/For the deaths of young Irish lives/For the oath of a country that cried/For the murder of a lark in the sky.” This poem seems to be unique in Irish muraling – if you know anything about it, please leave a comment. Also (possibly) unique is the sword with wings. Fountain Street, Strabane.

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