Our Actions Are Political Not Criminal

“Republican Sinn Féin demands political status for all republican POWs NOW”. Vintage imagery, of a blanket man and of a 1981 trio of IRA volunteers with weapons, used in an RSF board in Divis Street, Belfast.

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Copyright © 2002 Peter Moloney

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RIRA – BCRF

Two armed and masked volunteers hold aloft an RPG, claiming “victory”, even though “our day” is still coming (tiocfaidh ar la). This is a crude version of the 1982 PLO -IRA mural in Belfast, but the direct ancestor of this board is the similar one – Victory – on the same road, Eastway, Derry, from 2000.

Please get in touch if you know what “BCRF” stands for. “CRF” (by itself) stands for “Catholic Reaction Force”. So, perhaps “Bogside Catholic reaction Force”? Or Bogside-Creggan Reaction Force” given the location?

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Copyright © 2002 Peter Moloney

We Will Meet Force With Force

1994 images of five (of six) adjacent panels in Ballycolman, Strabane. From left to right: We will meet force with force (1989 | 1990), Che Guevara – They may kill the revolutionary but never the revolution (1989 | 1990), Wear an Easter lily (1989 | 1990), James Connolly – Easter/Cáisc 1916 (1989), Óglaigh na hÉireann (1989), [out of shot: Stop Strip Searches (1989 | 1990)]. The set of six in 1990.

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Copyright © 1994 Peter Moloney

Armed Resistance

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Five in a row in Springhill Park, Strabane (with a badly damaged sixth out of shot to the left). Fianna and óglaigh in front of Sunburst and Tricolour flags; a kneeling volunteer with RPG launched “Armed resistance 1916-1987”; a lark ferrying a rifle; a raised fist; “unity is strength”.

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Copyright © 1990 Peter Moloney

1916 Easter 1986

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Here is the top half of a mural in Berwick Road/Paráid An Ardghleanna. The board at the top reproduces a 1972 postcard entitled Easter with two women – on the left a young woman (Ireland in flames, perhaps suggesting the Rising) and on the right, an old woman (Mother Ireland?) – watching over a prisoner by the light from a prison window. The bottom (with quotes from Connolly and Pearse) was seen in the 1989 image An Attitude Of Revolt.

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Image taken from Belinda Loftus’s 1982 dissertation Images In Conflict.

An Attitude Of Revolt

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Tricoloured quotations from James Connolly and Patrick Pearse below the image of a kneeling volunteer with RPG launcher: “The great appear great because we are on our knees – let us rise” and “As long as Ireland is unfree, the only [honourable] attitude for Irishmen and [Irish]women is an attitude of revolt.” Berwick Road/Paráid An Ardghleanna, Belfast.

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Copyright © 1989 Peter Moloney