Na Fianna Ard Eoin

“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.

The plaque (alone) was seen in 2011.

Berwick Road, Belfast

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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.”

Berwick Road, Ard Eoin.


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Our Friends And Comrades

“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.”

Ardilea Close, Belfast

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Killed On The Streets Where They Were Born

“In memory of óglach James Quigley, died 29th Sept. 1972 [and] óglach Patricia McKay, died 30th Sept. 1972. Killed on the streets where they were born by the British Army.” Quigley was shot while waiting to ambush a British Army patrol in Albert Street; McKay (of the OIRA) (and Ian Burt of the Royal Anglicans) was killed in Ross Street in a subsequent gun battle. (Lost Lives 614-616.)

There is a Quigley plaque in Whiterock.

Ross Road, Belfast.

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A Democratic Secular Socialist Republic

“The Workers Party National Commemoration Committee. Erected in memory of all those comrades who dedicated their lives for establishment of a democratic, secular, socialist, republic. ‘I have given whatever I had to give for the party, for the people of Ireland, and for a better world, but others have given more, much more. Comrades have given their lives.’ – Tomás Mac Giolla TD. For the unity of Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter.”

Servia Street, Belfast

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The Road To Freedom Is Paved With Suffering


“I ndil chuimhne: fuair siad bás ag troid ar son saoirse agus muintir na hÉireann. In proud memory of the volunteers of Óglaigh Na hÉireann and dedicated friends of the republican movement from the greater Turf Lodge area who died fighting for the establishment of a socialist republic. … Go ndéanfar cuimhne orthú go deo. ‘Carry on. No matter what odds are against you, no matter what the enemy call you, no matter what torments are inflicted on you, the road to freedom is paved with suffering, hardships and torture, carry on, my gallant comrades, until that certain day’ – Tom Williams. We also remember the civilians who were murdered by British crown forces, loyalist extremists, and enemies of Ireland.”

The main panel, memorial plaque to Willie Rossini of Glasgow, and the dedication plaque – by Lily Fitzsimons, a local activist (dating back to the Relatives Action Committees) and SF councillor, were seen previously in 1999. The other three plaques are new. (“Neamhfholaigh” seems to be a conjunction of translations of the English words “un” and “cover”; the Irish for the verb “to bare” (or as here,”unveil”) is “nocht”.)

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Fian John Dempsey

“I ndil chuimhne Fian John Dempsey killed in action 8th July 1981. Unveiled by his family 5th May 2003. Proudly remembered by his comrades and friends from Turf Lodge. Mol na nóige [mol an óige] agus tiocfaidh sí.” The sixteen-year-old Dempsey was shot by a British Army sniper during an attack on the Falls bus depot. Gerry Adams wrote a memorial in An Phoblacht.


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Frankie Ryan & Patricia Black

“In memory of Vol. Frankie Ryan, Vol. Patricia Black, Óglaigh Na hÉireann, both killed in action (Eng) 15th Nov. 1991.” The pair were killed by a premature bomb explosion St Albans in Hertfordshire, England. Their target was the British Army military band, which was scheduled to play in the town centre (QURC).

The pair are also remembered by a large boulder at the top of Bell Steele Road.

Woodside, Belfast

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Jimmy Quigley

“In proud and loving memory of Vol, Jimmy Quigley, Belfast Brigade, Óglaigh Na hÉireann, killed in action 29th September 1972 by Crown forces. Ní dhéanfaidh muid dearmad fuair sé bás ar son saoirse na hÉireann.”

Quigley was shot by the British Army on Albert Street; the plaque is outside the family home in Brittons Parade, Belfast. Two profiles by Danny Morrison at Saoirse32.


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The D Company Area

“those brave and gallant vols of D Company IRA”, “POWs and volunteers”, “deceased POWs”, the D company volunteers who have “died of natural causes”, and the “civilians” who lost their lives. Some of these were seen before, in 2005’s Lower Falls Memorial Garden; the main addition is the large memorial with the illustrations, shown in the final image.

Falls Road, Belfast

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