Staff Captain Jim McGinn

“In memory of Staff Captain Jim McGinn Óglaigh na hÉireann who died on active service near this spot 15th December 1973. Fuair sé bás ar son na saoirse.”

Urney Road, Clady, at the far end of the bridge, into the republic.

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Creggan Volunteers

Two memorial plaques are added to Cromore Drive in Creggan, not far from the 2nd battalion memorial garden: Joe Walker was shot by the British Army in 1973 (Derry Daily); Paddy Deery and Eddie McSheffrey were killed while transporting a bomb in 1987 (Derry Journal).

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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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Those From St Mary’s Parish

“I ndíl chuimhne orthu siúd ó pharóiste N. Muire a thug a riabh [raibh] acu ar son saoirse na hÉireann. Erected in proud and loving memory of all those from St Mary’s parish, Newry who have fought for Irish freeedom. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha. Pobal pharóiste N. Muire a thóg an leacht cuimhneacháin seo.” Pike-men are used on the base as a generic symbol of Irish nationalism, rather than mention of any particular group. In later years, stones to the Signatories and the hunger strikers will be added, along with graveside volunteers in modern garb.

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Óglaigh Na hÉireann Iúr Cinn Trá

“Óglaigh na hÉireann Iúr Cinn Trá [Newry] i gcuimhne na n-Óglaigh a throid agus a fuair bás [who fought and died] ar son saoirse na hÉireann”. National Graves Association headstone over the republican plot in St Mary’s cemetery. Old Warrenpoint Road, Newry.

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Páirc Réamonn Mac Raois

Páirc Réamonn Mac Raois, in Patrick Street, Newry, named after the third 1981 hunger striker to die, Raymond McCreesh, who was from Camlough and went to St Colman’s grammar in Newry. The park was named in 2001 and would become controversial in 2012. With “CIRA” graffiti on the back wall.

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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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Fuair Siad Bás Ar Son Saoirse Na hÉireann

Memorial board to four volunteers from Armagh – Jake McGerrigan (OIRA), Tony Hughes (OIRA), Peadar McElvanna (IRA), Gerard Mallon (INLA). The board is in Culdee Terrace, Armagh, where Hughes was shot by the British Army while moving arms in 1973 (Sutton). There is also a plaque to his memory and a stone commemorating both Hughes and McGerrigan who was killed two days earlier (April 7th, 1973) in nearby Windmill Avenue.

The marks over the four “i”s in the central saying “Fuair siad bás ar son saoirse na hÉireann”[They died for Ireland’s freedom] should not be confused with fadas, as over the “a” in “bás” and “e” in “Éireann”. There is typically less confusion because Irish, strictly speaking, does not have a tittle (a dot) on top of “i”, especially on public signs and in ‘Celtic’ typefaces.

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