This 2009 memorial garden in Owenroe Drive, Bangor caused controversy when built using Housing Executive funds as it was intended to commemorate only the dead of WWI. In addition, it contains headstones to members of the UDA (on which Cuchulainn is invoked as a “defender of Ulster”), RHC, and UVF (BelTel).
“Dr. William Drennan 1754-1820 patriot & radical, born in the Manse on this site [the grounds of First Presbyterian in Rosemary Street]”. For an account of the unveiling, including a profile of Drennan, see Ulster History Circle.
“The Ulster Tower is a memorial to the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division. It was officially opened on 19th November 1921 by Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson. The tower is located close to the Schweben Redoubt, a German stronghold at the edge of Thiepval Wood, France, which the Ulster Division attacked at 7.30 am on the 1st July 1916.” “This mural was dedicated to the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division on 31st July 2010 by the West Belfast Athletic And Cultural Society. ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’ – John 15:13”.
“In proud memory of our fallen comrade Joseph Craven, Irish National Liberation Army, murdered by Loyalists 5th December 1983. He died as he lived – a true revolutionary. Erected by the Irish Republican Socialist Ex-Prisoners Memorial Committee.” Craven was shot by the UVF from a motorcycle.
“‘Many suffer so that some day future generations may live in justice and peace’ – Bobby Sands”, “This plaque is dedicated to the memory of all those from this area who played their part in the struggle for Irish freedom.” With a roll of honour and plaques featuring Joe Cunningham, Martin McKenna, Bobby Sands, Samuel Hughes, Charles McCrystal, Jackie McErlean – the latter three were killed together by a premature bomb explosion.
Updates are made to the Westrock memorial garden: Sean Doyle’s plaque is moved to the garden from Britton’s Drive, a new plaque to the IRA’s 2 battalion F company is added, and the painted brick background wall is dashed over.
“In proud memory of our fallen comrades Irish National Liberation Army Vol. Hugh Ferguson assassinated [by the OIRA] 20th February 1975, Comrade Hugh O’Neill accidental death 10th July 1981. The struggle for any dream lies in the freedom of their country. Erected by the Irish Republican Socialist Ex-Prisoners Memorial Committee.” Whiterock Parade, Belfast.