Child Soldiers

Sean Ó Riordan was aged 13 when “killed in action by British crown forces” on 23rd March 1972 and he is buried in Milltown cemetery. The 1977 Protocol I of the Geneva Convention would later prohibit conscription of children younger than 15 but allow for their voluntary participation. It is thus notable that this new board to Fiann [sic] Seán Ó Riordan was “erected by the family”.
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This Struggle

A pair of hands joined in prayer in the Beechmount memorial garden: “in memory of those innocent people from this area who have died in this struggle for Irish freedom”.
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Pro

Amateur World and European champion Michael Conlan fought – and won – his first professional fight on St. Patrick’s Day, 2017 in New York. Glen Molloy (Fb | Inst) brings his distinctive style to the pugilist’s portrait.
For the mural celebrating Conlan’s 2012 Olympic medal, see Green, White And Bronze.
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Don’t Be A Victim Of Crime

Four cameras for “just” 349 pounds in order to “protect your home, your car & your kids”, next to a “Brits out” stencil in Beechmount Avenue.
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Joe McCann

Joe McCann was (Official) IRA OC in the Markets area of south Belfast, where he was shot by paratroopers in 1972. The HET in 2013 found that the killing was unjustified, as McCann was unarmed and shot multiple times at close range; the DPP announced in December 2016 that two soldiers – now in their 60s – are to stand trial for the shooting. (WP | Irish TimesTelegraph which also includes the photograph used as a background, which shows McCann, with MI, during the occupation of the Inglis bakery in the Markets on August 9th, 1971 – Internment Day.)
The new board fills in a gap in the upper part of Beechmount Avenue: Free Tony TaylorBilal Kayed | The Workers Party | McGurk’s Bar | 9 panels (X02894 X02895 X02896) | Plastic Bullets | 6 panels (X02898 X02899 X02900) | Springhill – WestrockCollusion Untried | Ballymurphy | 3 panels (X02904) | WBTA | Joe McCann | Stop Wars Not People | Sankara | 32CSM | Fidel Castro
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The Last Post

One female and one male volunteer stand with bowed heads in the Republican memorial garden in Beechmount Avenue.
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Campaign For Truth

The McGurk’s Bar bombing of December, 1971 killed fifteen people – the most in a single incident during the troubles – capping what had already been a bloody year, including the “Ballymurphy Massacre” of July, in which 11 died, and starting another round of killings that would spread into the new year. Campaigners for an inquiry were busy this week in both Dublin and Belfast (Irish News).
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text: X02893 “At 8:47 pm on saturday december 1971 a no-warning bomb planted by british terrorists exploded on the doorstep of family-run mcgurk’s bar. fifteen innocent men women and children perished. those who were not crushed or slowly asphyxiated by masonry where horrifically burned to death when shattered gas mains burst into flames beneath the rubble. nearly the same again were dragged from the debris alive. in the aftermath of the atrocity the british and unionist governments RUC police force and military disseminated disinformation bomb was in-transit civilians guilty by association if not complicit in this act of terrorism despite a mountain of forensic evidence witness statement escaped into the night for 40 years since campaigned constitutionally and with great dignity themcgurksbarmassacre.com”

The Truth Will Out

Calls for “truth” and “justice” concerning the killing in August, 1971, of 11 people from Ballymurphy, by the 1st Parachute Regiment during Operation Demetrius, the beginning of internment.
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“11 people in west Belfast from the Greater Ballymurphy neighbourhood were murdered by the British Army as internment without trial was violently carried out on August 9th, 1971. Proper police investigations were never undertaken and one has served a day in prison for causing these deaths. The familys of those murdered deserve and demand the truth be told by the state about its policies and actions of those who carried them out.”

Unsung Heroes

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“In memory of the all the unsung heroes off [sic] this area who’s [sic] hardship, sacrifice and support during this struggle for Irish freedom will never be forgotten by the Belfast Brigade óglaigh na h-éireann.” The plaque depicts the work of print-makers (“Smash H-Block Armagh”), marchers carrying portraits of hunger strikers (“Mid Falls supports the women of Armagh”), bin-lid rattlers, and muralists (the mural shown is Free Ireland, which was at the bottom of Beechmount Avenue).
Previous work from Hugh Clawson: The Lark And The Bin Lid | Conway Mill
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Hearts & Minds

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“This police force is after your hearts and minds. The true face of this force: harrasses [sic] and stalks Republicans and their families; works hand in glove withe MI5, NCA and British Army; uses informers to spy and up ‘Persons of Interest’; gives immunity to criminals in return for information. From RUC to PSNI – unchanged, unchanging, unchangeable.” IRSP poster in Oakman Street.
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