Champions Of Ulster

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).

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Bawnmore Memorial

“‘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.

Bawnmore Park, Newtownabbey

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Loyal Neilsbrook

Six panels on the Neilsbrook Loyalist arch: Randalstown Sons Of Ulster flute band, Siege Of Derry, Drumcree “United we stand”, 36th (Ulster) Division, William Of Orange, Sir Edward Carson. For more images from the estate see Loyalist Randalstown.

“This plaque was presented by the officers and members of Randalstown Sons Of Ulster flute band on Saturday 17th April 1999 in memory of all the Loyalist people of Ulster who have suffered at the hands of the enemies of our land.”

Blackthorn Way (at Brackenburn), Neilsbrook Park, Neilsbrook Road, Randalstown

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Andrew Mason

“Hillhall battalion, Lisburn. In memory Andrew Mason.” The two small plaques are to Glen [Glenn] Clarke and “In memory of Andrew Mason (Macey) murdered 19th April 1987. Always remembered by his comrades of ‘C’ Coy – ‘B’ Battalion South Belfast Brigade UDA. Quis separabit.” The large stone is to John McMichael, Raymond Smallwood[s], Jim Guiney, shot and killed by the INLA in Dunmurry, and Mason. “Sons of Ulster do not be anxious for we will never forget you as long as the sun shines and the wind blows and the rain falls and the rivers of Ulster flow to the sea. Always remembered by volunteers from Hillhall C Company.”

Hillhall Gardens, Lisburn.

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McMichael & Smallwoods

“In memory of Brigadier John McMichael, murdered by the enemies of Ulster 22nd December 1987. Lest we forget. Quis separabit.” The quadrants of the Ulster Banner include the emblems of the UDA, UFF, LPA, and UDF. For McMichael’s death South Belfast UDA A Batt.

“In proud memory of Ray Smallwoods (murdered by the enemies of Ulster 11th July 1994). … Erected by officers and volunteers of Old Warren A Coy.” Smallwoods was killed by the IRA in the garden of his home in Donard Drive, Lisburn (WP).

The King Billy board is just out of shot to the left of the wide view.

Drumbeg Drive, Lisburn.

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Ballybot Republican Memorial

“I ndil chuimhne orthu siúd a bhain le ceantar Bhaile Bocht agus a throid ar son saoirse na hÉireann. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamache. Erected in proud and loving memory of all those associated with the district of Ballybot who were part of Ireland’s struggle for freedom. Muintir Bhaile Bocht a thóg an leacht cuimhneacháin seo. Nochtadh é ar an 12ú lá de Mheán Fómhair 1997.” Dorans Hill, Newry.

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