Plastic Bullet Kills 11-Years-Old Boy

This is a new plaque to Stephen McConomy, killed by a plastic bullet in 1982 (for the previous plaque, see M03363) along with (on the fence below) a reproduction of the front page of the Derry Journal that announced his death.

Fahan Street, Derry

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Copyright © 2012 Peter Moloney

St James’s Support The Hunger Strikers

This is a late-life shot of the mural at the corner of Hugo Street. There are now two windows in the mural, graffiti has been blacked out across the lower third, and the mural on the side wall (to the left of image) has gone completely.

You can track its history to this point by comparing this image with those from 2006 | 2002 | 2001.


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Transgenerational Trauma

Relatives for justice (web) youth project holds an annual vigil for victims of plastic bullets and their families. This display places cut-out figures on the railings of the City Cemetery at the distances at which they were hit by a rubber or plastic bullet, between 1972 and 1989. (Previously done in mural form on Divis Street: Ban Plastic Bullets.)

From left to right, the victims are Keith White, Norah McCabe, John Downes, Tobias Molloy, Peter McGuinness, Stephen McConomy, Paul Whitters, Francis Rowntree, Julie Livingstone, Carol Ann Kelly, Seamus Duffy, Brian Stewart, Henry Duffy, Michael Donnelly, Thomas Friel, Peter Doherty.

The board on the far right contains an acrostic for “Plastic Bullets”: “Panic – Lethal – Age – Sorrow – Terror – Innocence – Children. Ban them – Unnecessary – Loss – Life – Extreme use – Transgenerational trauma – Stop using them”.

With support from Pobal, An tAontas Eorpach, and the Community Relations Council.

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Seventeen People Killed

The board to the victims of rubber and plastic bullets in Islandbawn Street, is updated with a revised year: previously it read “Since 1972” now it reads “Since 1970 seventeen people killed including 8 children.” See also Civil Order, Plastic Death.

With graffiti below, originally stating “No votes for Sinn Fein traitors” modified to become “Vote for Sinn Fein”.

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Julie Livingstone

“Julie Livingstone aged 14 yrs. Murdered by the British Army 13th May 1981.” “The Stolen Child – Come away, O human child/To the waters and the wild/With a faery hand in hand/For the world’s more full of weeping/Than you can understand! – WB Yeats.” Livingstone was killed by a plastic bullet. The mural is in Glenveagh Drive. There is also a stone and plaque near the spot she was struck, on the Stewartstown Road.

M05525 [M05526] [M05527] [M05528]

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St James’s Support The Hunger Strikers

Here is a wide shot and some details of the two-part mural in Hugo Street, seen in progress in 2001 and completed in 2002. On the left is a depiction of the funeral of Joe McDonnell; on the right, posters and protesters from the time of the hunger strikes.

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Copyright © 2006 Peter Moloney

Relatives For Justice

A plaque and info board are added alongside the updated Nora McCabe/plastic bullet mural in Islandbawn Street, Belfast: “This mural is dedicated to Norah McCabe and all the victims murdered by rubber & plastic bullets used by the RUC & British Army. Sponsored by the Troops Out Movement & was unveiled on behalf of Relatives For Justice by Mary Pearson 11/09/05.” “Tá an múr-ealain seo tíomnaithe do Norah McCabe agus do no hiobartaigh uilig maraithe agus gortiathe le piléir rubair agus plaisteacha ag an RUC agus ag Arm na Breataine. Tá an múr-ealain seo urraithe ag Troops Out Movement agus nochtadh é thar cheann Relatives For Justice ag Mary Pearson ar 11/09/05.”

(2001 with original plaque | 2003 without original plaque)

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