The Ghosts Of The Martyrs

“In proud and loving memory of all local volunteers, prisoners of war, republican activists and the unsung heroes who died of natural causes having served the cause of Irish republicanism. Together in unity you formed a bond which gave true meaning to the undefeated risen people. Your deeds of bravery and resistance will never be forgotten by the people of greater St. James’s.” With the famous quote from Máire Drumm at an anti-internment rally in Dunville Park on 10th August, 1975 (RN). Coiste Cuimhneacháin Lár Na bhFál/Ard Na bhFeá [Memorial committee of mid-Falls/Beechmount].
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Be There All The Way

The draw for the 4th round matches in the men’s All-Ireland Football Senior Championship takes place this morning at 8:30. Antrim have already been eliminated (in both football and hurling) but four other Ulster counties await their fates: Armagh, Fermanagh, Monaghan, and Tyrone. The new mural shown above celebrates (men’s) Gaelic games in County Antrim (tw) and at two local clubs: Naomh Gall (tw | web), founded in Clonard Street in 1910, and Naomh Pól (tw | Fb) in Hawthorn Street – the site of the mural – in 1941.

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text: X04993 Sam Maguire cup, Liam MacCarthy cup established 1884 hayes hotel thurles bunaithe 1884 ostán uí haodha durlas éile

Total Eclipse Of The Sun

“96” is the number of deaths in the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster, in which Liverpool fans were crushed to death in Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium. In the days afterward, the Sun newspaper printed allegations that drunken fans attacked and urinated on rescue workers. The newspaper apologised in 2004 but hostility towards the paper persists, with some – as in this image – refusing even to spell it in full. The taxi was spotted in Beechmount. For more on the 2016 inquest, see Hold Your Head Up High.
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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”