Gibraltar 25th Anniversary

The events of March 1988 are remembered 25 years on: the IRA’s Seán Savage, Daniel McCann, Mairéad Farrell were killed by the SAS in Gibraltar on March 6th; Kevin McCracken (IRA) was killed by British solders in Turf Lodge on the night of March 14th, after the corpses had returned to Belfast; John Murray, Thomas McErlean, and Caoimhín Mac Brádaigh (IRA) were killed by Michael Stone on March 16th in Milltown cemetery at the burial of the three. (Two British soldiers, Derek Wood and David Howes, were killed at Mac Brádaigh’s funeral procession on March 19th.)

Events include a plaque to “women in struggle” in the Roddy’s and a murals in Twinbrook (X02322 | M09378) and on the “International Wall” Divis Street (X00979).

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Easter Commemoration

Competing Sinn Féin and IRSP Easter commemorations on the site of the former RUC barracks, and from éirígí in Beechmount Avenue, for Easter Monday.

“Belfast Easter Commemoration, Sunday 31st March. Assemble Beechmount Ave 1pm, parade leaves 1.30pm sharp. Speaker: Mary Lou McDonald, Vice President Sinn Féin/TD. Honour Ireland’s patriot dead – wear an Easter lily. Cumann Uaigheann na Laochra Gael – National Graves Association.”

“Belfast IRSP commemoration parade, Easter Sunday, Dunville Pk 11 am.”

“1916 Rising Commemoration, Easter Monday 1pm. Assemble St James Road.”

Falls Road, Belfast,

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National Hunger Strike Commemoration 2012

Here is a board announcing, and a gallery of images from, the hunger strike commemoration in 2012, Dungiven.

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You Cannot Extinguish The Irish Passion For Freedom

Above: “Roll of honour – South Armagh Brigade Óglaigh Na hÉireann. ‘We must take no steps backward, our steps must be onward, for if we don’t, the martyrs that died for you, for me, for this country will haunt us for eternity'” [Maura Drumm, from an anti-internment rally in Dunville Park on 10th August, 1975 (RN)]

Below: “Join Sinn Féin – Bígí linn”. Raymond McCreesh, one of the dead 1981 hunger strikers, was from the (relatively) nearby Camlough. “‘You cannot extinguish the Irish passion for freedom’ – Padraig Pearse”

Newry Road, Crossmaglen

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National Hunger Strike Commemoration

“Sinn Féin national hunger strike commemoration – 2012. March & rally – 2 pm Sunday 5th August, Dungiven – Co. Derry. Main speaker Michelle O’Neill MLA. Dungiven 81 Committee/1981 Dún Geimhin.” There is video of the event from An Phoblacht/Sinn Féin.

On the rear of Free Derry Corner, Lecky Road, Derry.

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Ballymurphy Unbowed Unbroken

“Ní thig leat Éire a chloígh, ní thig leat fonn saoirse mhuintir na hÉireann a mhúc[h]adh.” [You cannot subdue Ireland; you cannot extinguish the desire for the freedom of the Irish people.]

Shown in the distance below Cú Chulainn are (left and middle) the mural of McCrudden-O’Rawe–Jordan and memorial garden on Divismore Way and (on the right) the Springhill shops.

The male figures in the foreground are unnamed but the four in jackets are presumably Stone, McWilliams, McCracken, and Dougal after their mural in Springhill Drive was blanked; the female activists on the left of Cú Chulainn are Mary Austin, Kathleen Clarke, Annie McWilliams. “This mural was unveiled by Gerry Adams MP 2nd May 2010.” “Vote Sinn Féin Vote Adams

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