“Vol Eamonn Lafferty killed on active service at this spot on the 18th Aug 1971 by Crown forces whilst defending his community. Eamonn was just 19 years old. Fuair sé bás ar son na hÉireann. Erected by the Eamonn Lafferty [Sinn Féin] Cumann [Fb]” Lafferty was killed in a gun-battle between the Derry Brigade and British Army forces who were attempting to dismantle barricades in republican “Free Derry”. The mural and plaque shown (and a headstone) are situated — as the mural states — in the location where he was killed, in Creggan’s Kildrum Gardens. (His body is buried in City Cemetery.)
“In memory of Billy McGreanery, an unarmed man, who was shot dead at this junction by a British soldier on 15 September 1971. In 2010, an official report into his shooting revealed that the then Attorney General was of the opinion that it was acceptable for British soldiers to shoot unarmed civilians. Erected by the Pat Finucane Centre.
“This junction” refers to the top of Westland Street. According to Sutton, McGreanery was shot by a sniper from the Army base in Bligh’s Lane.
There are a couple of interesting elements in this 30th anniversary hunger strikers mural in the Bogside. The frame is formed by chains (as seen previously on the Bobby Sands mural in Belfast) rather than knot-work, the names of Frank Stagg and Michael Gaughan are mixed into the list (rather than appearing together at the beginning or end), both the lark and the dove are included, and – most unusual and possibly unique – is the Irish translation of Bobby Sands’s saying “Our revenge will be the laughter of our children”: Bainfear ár ndíoltas amach leis an gháire dár bpáistí. (And, as a super-extra bonus, the Irish has been – correctly – painted without tittles.)
“Derry remembers 1980-1981 hunger strikes. Rededication of mural 20th August 2011 on the 30th anniversary of Óglach Mickey Devine.”
“Longtower Youth Club – 66 years serving the community”. An oak leaf (for Derry) combined with a dove (for peace) next to three panels (only on of which is shown) of “Brandywell Sporting Heroes”. St Columba’s Walk, Derry.
This is the original version of the ‘Peace’ mural by the Bogside Artists, painted in 2004, on the side of Kells Walk, off Rossville Street, Derry. Rather than a lark, we have a dove, flying against the background of a Derry oak leaf. The info board is from 2007.
The emblem of Bloody Sunday (in Irish Domhnach na Fola) is a Celtic-style dove (perhaps the NICRA dove) with an oak leaf (representing the city). The earliest presentation in the Collection is five years earlier than this image, from the 25th anniversary. Rossville Street, Derry.