West Tyrone Command

“In proud memory of Vol. Charles Breslin age 20, Vol. Michael Devine age 22, Vol. David Devine age 16. West Tyrone command, Ógliagh na hÉireann. Killed by crown forces near this spot23 Feb. 1985.” The three were killed in an alleged shoot-to-kill incident Obituaries in An Phoblacht. Fountain Street, Strabane.

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Eamonn McDevitt

“This marks the spot where Eamonn McDevitt, deaf mute aged 28 years, was murdered by Royal Marine Commandos 18th August 1971. May he rest in peace.” McDevitt was killed in Fountain Street, Strabane, after an anti-internment march. The Army claimed he was waving a gun; his family deny this and have been lobbying for an inquiry and apology since then (Derry Journal | BBC-NI).

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Ní Neart Go gCur Le Chéile

“There is no strength without unity”. “In proud and loving memory of the volunteer soldiers 2nd Battaltion Derry Brigade Óglaigh Na hÉireann who gave their lives for Ireland. Also dedicated to the memory of those republican activists who in their own way contributed to the struggle for freedom.” Linsfort Drive, Derry

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Lurgan Republican Gravestones

These plaques and headstones are from St Colman’s cemetery in Lurgan (on N. Circular Road). The most notable and the first and last: Thomas Harte and Paddy McGrath (a 1916 Rising participant) who were executed by De Valera in 1940 for the deaths of two (Irish) Special Branch officers who were among a party that stormed their house, though it was never established whose bullets had killed the pair (more at Treason Felony).

The car in which McKerr, Toman, and Burns were travelling was shot 109 times by a specially trained RUC squad (Headquarters Mobile Support Unit – HMSU), under the control of (UK) special branch in an apparent shoot-to-kill operation.

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Lower Falls Memorial Garden

Additional plaques (along the side wall) have been added to the Lower Falls Memorial Garden (Falls Road, Belfast) – the first is of D Company members up to 1969, the second is of volunteers from the 1970s, the third is to civilians.

The final two images are close-ups of the main monument, seen previously (from a distance) in 2001.

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Murder Most Foul

“Murder Most Foul – 27th/28th June 1970. As I look back in my mind’s eye/I see a night that makes me cry/That Saturday started like any day/People shopping and children at play//Later that night at darkness fell/PIRA opened up like something from hell/Man, woman and child had to dive/It’s a wonder so ma[n]y escaped alive//A woman was shot at Wolff Street/Blood on the ground, all around her feet/As the ambulance arrived to take her away/A wounded man inside was heard to pray//From St. Matthew’s Chapel with murderous intent/PIRA kept firing till every bullet was spent/From the tower where the bells kept their silent peel/It’s from here PIRA shot dead Bobby Neill//Making his way home in a hurry/PIRA shot dead Jimmy McCurrie/As he lay at the Beechfield School Gate/The wounded kept rising till it reached twenty-eight//When I look back in the light of day/There can be no compromise with the IRA/The date should be burned in our brain/East Belfast cannot let this happen again – W. J. Magee – 2002”. This is a poetic account of the Battle Of St Matthew’s, in which three people died, including James McCurrie and Robert Neill. Tommy Reid (in the plaque on the left) was hit by a projectile earlier in the day on the Springfield Road and died six days later. Loughins, Gould, and Kincaid (in the plaque on the right) were killed by the Provisionals on the Crumlin Road that same afternoon.

Newtownards Road, Belfast.

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Lives Were Given, Lives Were Taken

“In proud and loving memory [of] republican activists who dedicated their lives to a noble cause”. “To those who come to think and pray remember well the price they paid. Lives were given, for our country to be free, lives were taken, to keep us on our knees. From 1916 to the present day our struggle continues, our enemies the same. But we know, and they know, that one day our country will be united, Gaelic, and free.” The cross in the foreground is dedicated to Louis Scullion, an IRA volunteer from Unity Flats who was shot by the British Army in July 1972. Plunkett Court, Belfast. M02287 M02288

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Life Spills On Warm Summer Streets

British Army snipers ensconced into Corry’s timber yard shot dead five people, including three teenagers, from Springhill and Westrock on the summer night of July 9th, 1972. All were unarmed. These images are from the Westrock-Whiterock memorial gardens (“gairdíní cuimhneacháin”) in Westrock Drive, Belfast.

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B Company 1st Battalion Belfast Brigade IRA

 

These images are of the IRA memorial stone in Bingnian Drive, Belfast, honouring members of the B Company, 1st Battalion, Belfast Brigade and local Andersonstown residents. The stone bears an Easter lily, including a leaf of the plant.

“Togadh an leach chuimhneacháin seo i ndíl chuimhne na nÓglach de chuid complacht B an chéad chathlann Bríogáid Bhéal Feirste, Óglaigh ne hÉireann. Moltoir, comh maith, a gcuid comradaithe a sheas agust a throid lena diaobh. Bíodh cuimhneadh, fosta, ar na daoine ón cheantair a chinmharaiodh ag arm na Breataine agus a comhglacaithe.”

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