Two images today from the crossroads at the intersection of Crossmaglen-Newry and Newtownhamilton-Dundalk roads (a.k.a. Ford’s Cross, Silverbridge). The first shows a hunger-strikers board from this year over a much older ‘democracy under attack’ board (see D02009). The second shows the plough and the stars flying above the mileage sign. There is also a memorial, with a tricolour flying overhead, at this crossroads
A metal plate, previously an advertisement for Calor Gas, now sports republican graffiti and a flyer: Built by robots, flown by dummies, taken out by 2nd Batt. barrack-busters.
The incident in question is a 1994 IRA mortar attack on a British Army helicopter at the Crossmaglen barracks. (CAIN | WP page on the incident). The mortar used a Calor Gas tube, though not the one shown here. (WP page on the mortar)
The shot below includes the board above the wall: Stop Maghaberry strip searches.
A sign in Crossmaglen/Crois Mhic Lionnáin: No absentee landlords repossessor’s or their agents wanted in south Armagh.
The sign is presumably in relation to the shuttered Quinn’s supermarket across the street, of which there are three images below. The graffiti reads ‘No Sale’ and ‘No land grabbers here’. The supermarket closed in June, 2013 (Crossmaglen Examiner).
The brothers in question are Raymond and Brian McCreesh, from Camlough, Co Armagh. Raymond is third in the list of the ten deceased 1981 hunger strikers. “In memory of the volunteers who died on hunger strike in H-Blocks 1981.” “H-Block is rock that the British monster shall perish upon for we in H-Block stand upon the unconquerable rock of the Irish socialist republic – Bobby Sands”. The lower stone reads “These men made the supreme sacrifice for their country by dying on hunger strike from 1917 to 1976: 1917 Thomas Ashe; 1920 Michael Fitzgerald, Joseph Murphy, Terence McSwiney; 1923 Joseph Whitty, Denis Barry, Andy Sullivan; 1940 Tony Darcy Sean McNeela; 1946 Sean McCaughey; 1974 Michael Gaughan; 1976 Frank Stagg. “It is not those who can inflict the most but those that can suffer the most who will conquer” – Terence McSwiney.”
“This stone was erected by the republican movement, south Armagh, in proud and loving memory of the twelve hunger strikers who laid down their lives during this phase of the struggle for Irish freedom.” “Fuair siad bás ar stailc ocrais ar son saoirse na hÉireann. Go ndeana Dia trócaire ar a nanamacha.” “Beidh an bua againn go fóill (We will win yet) – Raymond McCreesh – two days before he died.”