Quiz: The UDA are called “Wombles” because they resemble the stop-motion characters of the BBC children’s show in (a) their fur-lined parkas, (b) their parading, or (c) their ability to acquire anything? You can find all three explanations on-line. Originally the name seems to have been a derogatory one, used by their UVF rivals, but it was adopted by the group itself. A close-up of the text on the right is below.
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text: when our forefather fought and died they led the way that we should go as loyalists united we should stand to send our message across the land that all our enemies would know ulster is not for sale nor will we let it go no surrender quis separabit nelson drive auglish court
The images above and below show a new UDA mural in memory of John Gregg, “The Reaper”, who waged a campaign of terror against Catholics in south-east Antrim and was reputedly associated with British neo-Nazi groups. Gregg was gunned down in 2003, while returning … Continue reading →
Here are two final images of the extremes of the Mná na hÉireann mural featured on Monday and Wednesday.
In the four corners are circles of Betsy Gray, Anne Devlin, Mary Ann McCracken, and Máire Drumm. Gray and McCracken were Presbyterians; Gray fought (or at least, was killed) in the 1798 rebellion, as did McCracken’s brother Henry Joy; Mary Ann went on to work for the poor of Belfast and lobby against slavery. Anne Devlin assisted in Robert Emmet’s 1803 rising. (National Graves Assoc) Máire Drumm was vice-president of Sinn Féin and commander of Cumann na mBan, who are shown marching on the right-hand side. In the cloth cap and holding a rifle is Eithne Coyle, a leader and later president of Cumann na mBan, imprisoned both by the Black and Tans before the treaty and after it by the Provisional Irish government. (WP) For the photograph on which her pose here is based, see An Phoblacht‘s History Of Cumann na mBan, which also includes the photo of marching women (discussed previously in Mothering Sunday In Beechmount) though the faces have been changed here, presumably to those of more contemporary volunteers. The same is probably true of the women with bin lids on the left – leave a comment or send an e-mail if you can put a name to any of these faces.
Here are two details from the Mná na hÉireann mural featured on Monday. The first shows three Derry women protesting the conditions in Armagh Women’s Prison and in the H-Blocks. This article on Mary Nelis (the protester on the right, with Kathleen Deeny … Continue reading →
Countess Markievicz, carrying a flag of Cumann na mBan, and Ethel Lynch, carrying a flag of the Derry IRA, take centre stage in the Mná na hÉireann mural in London-/Derry/Doire’s bogside. Markievicz is famous for her role in the Easter Rising of 1916 … Continue reading →
Cut-out boards in the shapes of the red hand of Ulster (both left and right hands!), the five-pointed orange star (usually purple) of the Williamites, the crown of the British monarch, and King Billy on his steed line the fence along … Continue reading →
The eagle of Isaiah 40 31 flies outside the New Life church in the no-man’s land between the security gates on Northumberland Street: “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run … Continue reading →
“Ardoyne-Bone boxers have punched well above their weight. As professional we have won … British, Commonwealth, European & W.B.U. titles. As amateurs we have won 3 olympic bronze, European Gold, Commonwealth Gold, World Junior silver, 17 Irish senior titles & … Continue reading →
The Ulster Workers Council (UWC), formed in 1974 with the backing of the UDA, organized a general strike in opposition to the December 1973 Sunningdale Agreement – signed by the British government – which would have shared power with Nationalists in … Continue reading →