Cláraigh Le Sinn Féin

These two “Join Sinn Féin” boards are above the Sinn Féin office on the Falls Road, Belfast. “Don’t wish for a united Ireland, work for it.”The second, with portraits of Pearse, Carney, and Sands, is an example of the Irish-language rights campaign which becomes a central policy around this time: Is í athgabháil na Gaeilge athgabháil na hÉireann [the rehabilitation of Irish is the rehabilitation of Ireland]. (See previously Cearta Teanga, Cearta Daonna.)

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A Revolutionary Party

“A revolutionary needs a revolutionary party. Join Ógra Shinn Féin.” A close paraphrase of Mao’s statement that “If there is to be a revolution, there must be a revolutionary party.”

Divis Street, Belfast

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Máire Drumm At Bodenstown

Wolfe Tone  is buried in Bodenstown graveyard, Co Kildare, and every year republicans make a pilgrimage there to commemorate his role in the United Irishmen’s 1798 Rebellion and the beginning of Irish nationalism. In 1972, the address was given by Máire Drumm, vice-president of Sinn Féin, a position she held until she was assassinated in the Mater Hospital by the Red Hand Commando in October 1976.

“Ní síocháin gan saoirse … thinker and doer, dreamer of the immortal dram and doer of the immortal deed. We owe to this dead man more than we can ever repay him. To his teaching we owe it that there is such a thing as Irish nationalism. And to the memory of the deed he nerved his generation to do. To the memory of 1798 we owe it that there is any manhood left in Ireland …”

Divis Street, Belfast

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Volunteers From The Greater New Barnsley Area

“In memory of the volunteers from Greater New Barnsley area who gave their lives in the fight for Irish freedom: Martin Forsythe, Bobby McCrudden, Eddie O’Rawe, Martin Skillen, Gerard Fennell, Sean McDermott, Terence O’Neill, James Murphy, Tom Magill, Sean Savage, Kevin McCracken, Pearse Jordan, Liam Mulholland, Fian Cathy McGartland, Fian John Dempsey, Sinn Fein Paul Best, Sinn Fein Eddie Brophy.” Moyard Parade, Belfast.

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