“Forced to endure years of brutality, humiliation, degradation and torture, the prisoners embarked on hunger-strike.” The 1980 hunger strike involved Brendan Hughes, Raymond McCartney, Tommy McKearney, Tommy McFeely, Leo Green, Sean McKenna, and John Nixon. On December first, three women in Armagh prison also went on strike (newspaper/posters from left to right): Mairéad Farrell on the dirty protest in her cell (for the original image, see Prison Walls), Mairéad Nugent, Mary Doyle.
On the right, Farrell reads An Phoblacht/Republican News reporting on the assassination of politician and hunger-strike activist John Turnley by the UDA (WP). The headline on the cover reads “Don’t let Thatcher fill these [coffins]” and a graffitist has added “because Adams will” – a reference to the allegations of Richard O’Rawe (BelTel | The Blanket).
Initially without the quotation along the top. The mural was launched on the anniversary date: October 27th, 2010.
This two-part mural is on the shops in St James’s Plac. On the left, a welcome to international visitors and a call for tolerance; on the right, Mary McAleese, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie and Mairead Farrell serve as “women of inspiration”.
“In proud and loving memory of all local volunteers, prisoners of war, republican activists and the unsung heroes who died of natural causes having served the cause of Irish republicanism [“sean óglach” on the individual plaques]. Together in unity you formed a bond which gave true meaning to the undefeated risen people. Your deeds of bravery and resistance will never be forgotten by the people of greater St. James’s. In your honour the quest for Irish freedom continues.” With the famous “our steps will be onward” quote from Máire Drumm at an anti-internment rally in Dunville Park on 10th August, 1975 (RN). Coiste Cuimhneacháin Lár Na bhFál/Ard Na bhFeá [Memorial committee of mid-Falls/Beechmount].
“United Hope – Artist Joanna Vance. Workshops were held in partnership with community representatives, ethnic minorities and members of staff. The project theme was project diversity, allowing women to explore issues such as similarity and difference, ethnicity and race and belonging. After discussions it was decided that the mural should include users of the centre from the community and staff also that it would be completed in black & white with empowering words running through it, as these represent what the centre means to women on a daily basis.”
“Rosa Parks 1913-2005. She sat down so that we could stand up. Mother of the civil rights movement.” Parks refused to give up her seat in the “colored” section of the bus to a white passenger on December 1st, 1955. In support of her arrest, the Montgomery (Alabama) bus boycott was begun.