Champions Of Ulster

This 2009 memorial garden in Owenroe Drive, Bangor caused controversy when built using Housing Executive funds as it was intended to commemorate only the dead of WWI. In addition, it contains headstones to members of the UDA (on which Cuchulainn is invoked as a “defender of Ulster”), RHC, and UVF (BelTel).

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Strabane INLA Memorial

“Arm Saoirse Náisiúnta na h-Éireann. [INLA] Vol. James McPhilemy, killed in action 10 August 1988; [INLA] Vol. Alex Patterson killed in action 12 November 1990. ‘Your spirit will live on in the hearts of all who cherish freedom, justice and equality. Fuair siad bás ar son saoirse na h-Éireann.”

Gallany Court, Strabane

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Joseph Craven

“In proud memory of our fallen comrade Joseph Craven, Irish National Liberation Army, murdered by Loyalists 5th December 1983. He died as he lived – a true revolutionary. Erected by the Irish Republican Socialist Ex-Prisoners Memorial Committee.” Craven was shot by the UVF from a motorcycle.

Bawnmore Park, Newtownabbey

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Together We Stand Alone

“Together we stand alone, we band of brothers.” The four panels show the Ulster Volunteers become soldiers of the 36th Division, leaving the north vulnerable to nationalist attack (“Deserted I Stand Alone“) but raising the Division flag in the style of the Marine Corps monument in Arlington National Cemetery (USA). (This panel takes the place of the hooded gunmen that were previously in the centre.)

Grange Drive, Ballyclare.

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Andrew Mason

“Hillhall battalion, Lisburn. In memory Andrew Mason.” The two small plaques are to Glen [Glenn] Clarke and “In memory of Andrew Mason (Macey) murdered 19th April 1987. Always remembered by his comrades of ‘C’ Coy – ‘B’ Battalion South Belfast Brigade UDA. Quis separabit.” The large stone is to John McMichael, Raymond Smallwood[s], Jim Guiney, shot and killed by the INLA in Dunmurry, and Mason. “Sons of Ulster do not be anxious for we will never forget you as long as the sun shines and the wind blows and the rain falls and the rivers of Ulster flow to the sea. Always remembered by volunteers from Hillhall C Company.”

Hillhall Gardens, Lisburn.

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John “Grugg” Gregg

“South East Antrim Brigade UFF. In proud memory of Brig. John “Grugg” Gregg and all fallen comrades. 4th Batt. A B C Coys. Lest we forget.” Gregg is known for the attempted killing of Gerry Adams and for being killed on the orders of Johnny Adair, which led to the expulsion of Adair’s company from the lower Shankill.

Orkney Drive, Ballykeel 2, Ballymena

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Ballybot Republican Memorial

“I ndil chuimhne orthu siúd a bhain le ceantar Bhaile Bocht agus a throid ar son saoirse na hÉireann. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamache. Erected in proud and loving memory of all those associated with the district of Ballybot who were part of Ireland’s struggle for freedom. Muintir Bhaile Bocht a thóg an leacht cuimhneacháin seo. Nochtadh é ar an 12ú lá de Mheán Fómhair 1997.” Dorans Hill, 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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