Craigavon House was the home of James Craig, a political centre during the (3rd) Home Rule crisis – an estimated 100,000 people congregated at Craigavon House on the 23rd of September, 1911, to hear Edward Carson’s inaugural speech as Unionist leader (McNeill Ch. 4 | We Will Take Nothing Else) – and a hospital during the latter part of WWI (Bangor Historical). It has fallen into disrepair, covered over by the fourteen panels seen here, in order to serve as the rallying point of the 100th anniversary commemorative parade in April (RTÉ | BBC).
Various people and units are portrayed: USSF, post house staff, motor car corps, young citizen volunteers, the Larne gun-running, Fred Crawford, Edward Carson, James Craig, the nursing corp, Ethel Burnside, the 36th Division, the Ulster Covenant.
Margaret Thatcher, former UK Prime Minister, died on April 8th. The paste-up on Free Derry Corner – “Let’s bury greed with her” – gives the impression that her primary legacy was neoliberalism but the more visceral reactions – “Burn in hell” and “Your death made my day” – are inspired by her stance towards the hunger strikers in 1980 and ’81.
Here is a collection of small boards from anti-Agreement republicans (probably Éirígí web) in Derrybeg and central Newry. “Stop strip searching of republican prisoners”, “RUC-PSNI Different name, same aim”, “Release Martin Corey now!”, “Free Marian Price”, “End Israeli terror in Palestine”, “End internment 1871-2013”.
Camlough Road, Carnagat Road, Second Avenue, Patrick Street
“Tógtha ar an 90ú comóradh de luíochán na hÁirse Éigiptigh/Erected on the 90th anniversary of the Epytian Arch Ambush. I gcuimhne [ar] Óglaigh/In memory of Óglaigh William Canning, John Francis O’Hare, Peter Shields, Óglaigh Na hÉireann. A maríodh iad, agus iad sa tóir ar Phoblacht na hÉireann, ag Forsaí Choróin na Breataine/Who were killed by the British Crown Forces in the pursuit of an Irish Republic. “The republic stands for truth and honour. For that is the noblest in our race. By truth and honour, principle and sacrifice alone will Ireland be free.” – Liam Mellows.”
“Strength in our hearts, strength of our limbs, consistency of our tongues.” “Na Fianna Ard Eoin 1909-2009 – one hundred years of resistance. In proud memory Fian Davy McAuley … Josh Campbell … Josie McComiskey … Bernard Fox. ‘You may kill the revolutionary, but never the revolution.’ Dedicated by the Republican Network for Unity.” The four deceased are portrayed on four small boards, along with standing figures of Fianna from both centuries.
Cogús [conscience] is the POW-support organisation of the RNU (tw). On the left is a blanketman, on the right is a contemporary POW being beaten by a prison guard in riot gear. “Make a difference – Join RNU – Be committed, stand as one – Implement 12th August Agreement – End strip searches – End controlled movement.”
“They think that they have pacified Ireland, they think they have purchased half of us and intimidated the other half … [They think that they have foreseen everything, think that they have provided against everything;] but the fools, the fools, the fools! …. [they have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace]” The closing words of Patrick Pearse’s oration at the Dublin graveside of Jeremiah O’Donavan Rossa in 1915. His remains had been repatriated from the United States to Ireland.
“In memory of our friends and comrades. This Memorial is dedicated to all those Irish Republicans who fought in the Struggle for Irish Freedom, and in the defence of this community in our Time of Need. This Memorial honours their Courage and Dedication to the cause of Irish Freedom. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.” Hugo Wilkinson, Terry Murphy, Paul Watson, Jim McLaughlin, Richard McIlkenny, Jake McGowan, Patsy Quinn, Liam Mulholland, Francis O’Neill, Sean Delaney, Carmel Cahoon, Christine Beattie, Geraldine Rice, Anthony McIlkenny, Joey Saunders, Danny Mullan, Tony Molloy, Seamus Rice, Eamon McAllister, Gerry McAllister, John Bateson, Jojhn Barnes, Jim Floyd. With images of the prisons Armagh, Long Kesh H-Blocks, Magilligan, Long Kesh cages, HMS Maidstone, Portlaoise, Wormwood Scubs, Crumlin Road.
“We would like to thank all our friends from Wexford, Limerick & Fermanagh who kindly donated to this memorial. Go raibh maith agaibh.”