Absent Friends

“In memory of our fallen comrades Hugh McVeigh, Andy Craig, Brian (Barney) O’Raw, 3rd battalion Ballybeen. ‘Gone but not forgotten’ Quis separabit.” Banff Walk/Drumadoon Drive, Ballybeen, Belfast.

“Absent Friends:

The time has come to say goodnight
for every road must end,
to the ones who care and they’re always there
our very special friends.

And when it’s time for us to go
and our long journey ends,
you’ll never be alone you see
you’ll be with absent friends

Let’s raise a glass to absent friends
for every road must end,
You’ll always be there in our hearts
our special absent friends”

“Sadly missed along life’s way/Quietly missed every day,/No longer in our life to share/but in our hearts, you’re always there”

“Resting where no shadows fall/In peaceful sleep they await us all,/friends will link the broken chain/When one by one we meet again.”

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The Unsung Heroes

“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].

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UVF South Belfast 2nd Battalion

“In proud memory of our fallen comrades from the officers and members of South Belafst 2nd Battalion [‘A’ Company Donegall Pass] ‘Glorious on the graves of heroes, kindly upon all those who have suffered for the cause. Thus will shine the dawn. They gave their tomorrow for our today.'” UVF memorial garden in Walnut Street.

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The Roddy McCorley Society

Images from the grounds of The Roddys club, Glen Road, Belfast, with memorials to McCorley (“In memory of Rody McCorley who was hanged here for his part in the rising of 1798 ‘The dead who died for Ireland, let not their memory die””), the deceased 1981 hunger strikers, the earlire 20th century hunger strikers (Thomas Ashe, Michael Fitzgerald, Terence MacSwiney, Joseph Murphy, Joseph Whitty, Denis Bary, Andrew Sullivan, Tony D’Arcy, Jack McNeela, Sean McCaughey, Michael Gaughan, Frank Stagg), Lenadoon deaths (Tony Henderson, Tony Jordan, John Finucane, Laura Crawford, Brendan O’Callaghan, Joe McDonnell, Mairead Farrell, Bridie Quinn, Patricia Black), Billy ‘Red’ Higgins founder member/president of the club, IRA volunteers from Lenadoon, “to the Irish men and Irish women who gave their lives in the rebellion of 1798”. Roddy McCorley, a Protestant member of the United Irishmen, is best known by the song written about his hanging at the bridge of Toome in 1800. (Here’s a version by Tommy Makem.)

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The Foundation Of The Republic Will Be Their Legacy

“This dolmen was erected in memory of the fallen volunteers of the 1st Battalion Derry Brigade Ogliagh na hEireann. The dolmen was first erected in Ireland about 3000 BC. It is believed that they were erected to honour an esteemed chieftain or warrior. Tógadh an leacht cuimhneacháin in ónóir agus i gcuimhne ar Chéad Chathlán Bhriogáid Dhoire Óglaigh na hÉireann. Tugtar ómós do mhisneach agus d’iobairt na nóglach a thug a raibh acu ar son saoirse na hÉireann. [Homage is paid to the courage and sacrifice of the volunteers who gave all they had for Irish freedom.] Ní dhéan[m]ar dearmad ar a gcrógacht agus ar a n’íobairt agus beidh bunú na poblachta a n-o[i]dhreacht. [We will not forget their bravery and sacrifice and the foundation of the republic will be their legacy.]

The ogham stone, part of the memorial garden to the Derry Brigade, has a plaque added to it.

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UDR & RIR Memorials

“This memorial commemorates the men and women who served their country in the battalions of  the Ulster Defence Regiment 1970 – 1992: 1st (County Antrim), 1st/9th (County Antrim), 2nd (County Armagh), 2nd/11th (County Armagh), 3rd (County Down), 4th (County Fermanagh), 4th/6th (County Fermanagh and County Tyrone), 5th (County Londonderry), 6th (County Tyrone), 7th (City of Belfast), 7th/10th (City of Belfast), 8th (County Tyrone), 9th (County Antrim), 10th (City of Belfast), 11th (Craigavon)”

For information about those listed on the Royal Irish Rangers (27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th) roll of honor, see militaryimages.net.

St Anne’s Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast.

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Copyright © 2009 Peter Moloney