Unbowed And Unbroken

At the top and bottom of the same hill, the dolmen is off St Columba’s Walk while the ogham stone is on Lecky Road. Both serve as monuments to Derry Brigade IRA 1st battalion dead. The lettering on the standing stone has worn away significantly – compare with 1999.

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Free Seamus Doherty

“Planted evidence – RUC collusion – altered statements. This man is a victim of State manufactured evidence supported by Denis Bradley. Come out and support the campaign for his immediate release.” Seamus Doherty was arrested in June 2003 in connection with two booby-trap car bombs outside Newry in September 2002. The case against him collapsed after the police admitted altering statements to protect an informer, along with police possession of Doherty’s DNA from an unrelated incident. He was released in November, 2004. (An Phoblacht | saoirse32indymedia) Lecky Road, Derry

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Civil Rights

2004 mural by the Bogside Artists called “Civil Rights – The Beginning”, perhaps meaning the time before the October 5th, 1968 march in Derry was attacked by the RUC and the footage was broadcast around the world. See the WP page on the civil rights movement and the extensive page on NICRA, the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association. The in-progress shot is from 2003.

Rossville Street, Derry

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Briogáid Dhoire Óglaigh Na hÉireann

Many memorial plaques to IRA volunteers have been featured previously on this site: Michael Quigley | Brian Coyle | Patsy Duffy | Dennis Heaney | John Starrs. The Derry Brigade memorial in the median between Fahan Street and Rossville Street “is dedicated to those Volunteers who died in places where circumstances do not permit the erection of a commemorative plaque.” There are 18 names on the stone. Vintage rifles are crossed in front of an oak leaf, symbol of the city of Derry.

“Ar fud na ceathrach seo, tá gluaiseacht na poblachta tar éis na heaiteacha mar a bhfuair Óglach ne hÉireann bás ar fianas a mharcáil le leaca cuimhneacháin. Tá an leac seo toirbhrithe do na hÓglaigh siúd a fuair bás in áiteacha nach bhfiul fóirsteanach do thógáil leica cuimhneachain. Arna thógáil a gcomrádaithe i nGluaiseacht ne poblachta. 12ú Deireadh Fómhair 2003. Beirigí bua.”

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Charles Love

The memorial plaque to Charles (Charlie) Love was originally mounted in 1991 and preserved when the flats at the junction of Fahan Street and Rossville Street, Derry, were re-done. (The Runner would later be painted around it by the Bogside Artists.)  “In memory of Charles Love, accidentally killed on 28th January 1990. Unveiled by his father Patrick. Erected by the Bloody Sunday Initiative 27th January 1991. Padre Pio pray for him.” Love was 17 years old when he was hit by flying masonry from an IRA bomb while attending a Bloody Sunday memorial. Fahan Street/Rossville Street, Derry.

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Fighting For Human Rights

“His only crime was fighting for human rights without violence – Say a little prayer today for Martin Luther King and the Bloody Sunday victims”. A poster of MLK is placed at the base of the Bloody Sunday memorial in Joseph Place, Derry. He was shot in Memphis on April 4th, 1968. The phrase “his only crime” is used by loyalists in the phrase “his only crime was loyalty”, which dates back (at least) to home rule.

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