Supporting Republican Political Prisoners

This is the wall at the south end of the Creggan shops that was first muraled in response to the ceasefire (see Time For Peace). This IRPWA (web) board “supporting republican political prisoners” is now in disrepair but it is unclear whether or not it will be replaced, as new construction on Central Drive has greatly reduced its visibility while the new sports centre across the street provides a much more prominent notice-board (see Central Drive).

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.5, 1/800, ISO 200, full size 4000 x 3000

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1000 x 790)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f3.6, 1/900, ISO 400, full size 3796 x 3000
X10870 X10869

Central Drive

Creggan sports centre opened in October 2009 (Leisure Opportunities) and part of the architecture was to cover the brick exterior with five plain-white panels along Central Drive. These have been taken over by Saoradh/IRPWA, this year to protest the extradition, internment, and treatment of republican prisoners, commemorate the 1981 hunger strikers, support Palestine, and threaten drug dealers.

For the graffiti, see End Internment Of Jason Ceulemans

Click and click again to enlarge (to 900 x 900)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f1.8, 1/592, ISO 20, full size 3024 x 3024

Click and click again to enlarge (to 900 x 900)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f1.8, 1/489, ISO 20, full size 3024 x 3024

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f1.8, 1/397, ISO 20, full size 4032 x 3024

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f1.8, 1/470, ISO 20, full size 4032 x 3024

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 789)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f1.8, 1/813, ISO 20, full size 4032 x 2652

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.5, 1/900, ISO 400, full size 4000 x 3000
X10871 X10872 X10873 X10874 X10875 X10882

A Perennial War

Here is the scene at Kells Walk/Rossville St in the Bogside.

From left to right:

O’Hara-Devine mural

No Amnesty For British State Forces: “Democide is the murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide and mass murder. Democide is not necessarily the elimination of entire cultural groups but rather groups within the country that the government feels needs to be eradicated for political reasons and due to claimed future threats. – No amnestry for British state forces”

End British Political Policing (Saoradh (web))

Bobby Sands/IRPWA: “I’ll wear no convict’s uniform/Nor meekly serve my time/That Britain might brand Ireland’s fight/800 years of crime” [Francie Brolly song] (IRPWA (web))

Free All Political Prisoners! (IRPWA)

1981: 1981: “I am a political prisoner. I am a political prisoner because I am a casualty of a perennial war that is being fought between the oppressed Irish people and an alien, oppressive, unwanted regime that refuses to withdraw from our land.” [Bobby Sands’s diary, day 1] (IRPWA)

Unity Referendum Now!: “British occupation has been a disaster for the people of Ireland. A united Ireland is the way forward for all the people of Ireland.” (IRSP.ie)

40th anniversary of the 1981 hunger strike: described previously in For A Socialist Republic (IRSM/IRSP)

“Peace” mural (with cross) from the Bogside Artists

In the shot above, our photographer has intervened and stood up the last panel of the “1981” board.

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.5, 1/550, ISO 100, full size 4000 x 3000

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f3.6, 1/850, ISO 200, full size 4000 x 3000

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4.5, 1/850, ISO 200, full size 4000 x 3000

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.5, 1/850, ISO 200, full size 4000 x 3000

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.8, 1/800, ISO 100, full size 4000 x 3000

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.8, 1/640, ISO 100, full size 4000 x 3000

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.8, 1/600, ISO 100, full size 4000 x 3000

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1094 x 900)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.5, 1/550, ISO 100, full size 3648 x 3000

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.8, 1/680, ISO 100, full size 4000 x 3000

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.5, 1/640, ISO 100, full size 4000 x 3000

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.5, 1/640, ISO 100, full size 4000 x 3000
X10972
X10964 X10965 X10967 X10966 X10968 X10969 X10970 X10971 X10973

Republican Prisoners Still Exist!

“Foremost in my tortured mind is the thought that there can never be peace in Ireland until the foreign, oppressive British presence is removed, leaving all the Irish people as a unit to control their own affairs and determine their own destinies as a sovereign people, free in mind and body, separate and distinct physically, culturally and economically.” The quote is from day one of Bobby Sands’s hunger strike diary (March 1st, 1981) and the photograph is a 2007 image of a cell in the H-4 (Irish Times).

“Maghaberry – Portlaoise – Hydebank. Republican prisoners still exist!” IRPWA (web) board on Divis St, Belfast, replacing the Sands & Hughes mural – see Cairde Agus Comrádaithe.

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 896)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f5.6, 1/900, ISO 100, full size 3700 x 2764
X11337 [X11336]

End Internment Of Jason Ceulemans

Jason Ceulemans was sentenced to ten years with five years to be served on supervised licence in 2014 for possession of an explosive. He had his licence revoked in June after attending an Easter commemoration which, according to Saoradh, he had permission to attend (Irish News | Saoradh). The graffiti in support of his release is in Anne Street, Derry.

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 800)
Copyright © 2022 Andy McDonagh/Eclipso Pictures (ig | Fb)
Camera Settings: f18, 1/400, ISO 400, full size 3648 x 5472

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 800)
Copyright © 2022 Andy McDonagh/Eclipso Pictures (ig | Fb)
Camera Settings: f18, 1/400, ISO 400, full size 3648 x 5472

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 800)
Copyright © 2022 Andy McDonagh/Eclipso Pictures (ig | Fb)
Camera Settings: f18, 1/400, ISO 400, full size 3648 x 5472
X10667 X10664 [X10665] [X10668] X10669 IRPWA Éistigí

Don’t Play England’s Game

“No extradition! Don’t play England’s game” – after years of legal wrangling, Liam Campbell was extradited to Lithuania on charges of procuring weapons for the Real IRA (BBC | Saoradh). See previously: Silence Is Complicity. Ciarán Maguire was handed over to the PSNI by Gardaí in April 2021 (Donegal Daily).

The boards shown above and at bottom are in Thames Street (Falls) and Brompton Park (Ardoyne). The small diamond version (also in Ardoyne) is mounted above one of the “Slow – Go mall” signs from Sinn Féin that were described as “intimidatory” by local DUP Assembly member and are perhaps also illegal under the Roads Order (NI) 1993 (Belfast Live).

For the Ard Eoin Kickhams mural, see The Heart Of Our Community.

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 800)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f7.1, 1/400, ISO 100, full size 5616 x 3744

Click and click again to enlarge (to 900 x 1200)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.4, 1/1779, ISO 16, full size 3024 x 4032

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.4, 1/706, ISO 16, full size 4032 x 3024
X10408 X10426 X10424 [X10425]

Solidarity With Palestine

The Dome Of The Rock with its golden dome and octagonal walls (WP) provides a background to Palestinian protesters in this Ard Eoin/Ardoyne board expressing solidarity with Palestine (seen previously in 2021-11). Éistigí (Fb) is the youth division of Saoradh (web), and IRPWA (tw) is its prisoner-of-war organisation.

This is a printed board but even so the artwork is in a different style to what has been previously seen, with the two female characters drawn in a cartoon/animation style. (See, e.g., End Maghaberry Torture previously in this spot, or Leave Our Kids Alone around the corner in Ardoyne Ave, or The Rising Of The Moon in Derry.)

For the current Kickham’s mural in the background: see The Heart Of Our Community.

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 800)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4.9, 1/160, ISO 80, full size 4896 x 3672

Click and click again to enlarge (to 900 x 1200)
Copyright © 2022 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.4, 1/410, ISO 16, full size 4032 x 3024
X08579 X09028 [X09029]

The Rising Of The Moon

“End British internment: Strip searching, controlled movement, isolation.” This Saoradh/éistigí/IRPWA board in Central Drive, Creggan, Derry, uses the words of Bobby Sands to put current political prisoners in parallel with the blanket protest and hunger strikes. The quote is an English translation from the final day of Sands’s hunger strike diary, March 17thMura bhfuil siad in inmhe an fonn saoirse a scriosadh, ní bheadh siad in inmhe tú féin a bhriseadh. Ní bhrisfidh siad mé mar tá an fonn saoirse, agus saoirse mhuintir na hEireann, i mo chroí. Tiocfaidh lá éigin nuair a bheidh an fonn saoirse seo le taispeáint ag daoine go léir na hEireann. Ansin chífidh muid éirí na gealaí.” = “If they aren’t able to destroy to the desire for freedom, they won’t break you. They won’t break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the Irish people, is is my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of Ireland will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then we’ll see the rising of the moon.” 
Click to enlarge (to 1900 x 1342)
Copyright © 2018 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4.3, 1/200, ISO 80, full size 4618 x 3262
text: X06383

Another Brick In The Wall

The IRPWA/Saoradh/éistigí office on the Antrim Road is courting controversy (Irish News | BelTel) with its the holiday images in its front windows. On the right, a Grinch in PSNI uniform (in front of a bleeding poppy with swastika) harasses the child of a Soaradh member. (“Hey, peelers! Leave our kids alone” is a play on the Pink Floyd song ‘Another Brick In The Wall‘). On the left, Santa takes aim with a home-made RPG (modelled on the image included in Resistance). The Derry IRPWA office also received a Grinch cartoon in which he is battering down a door.
Click to enlarge (to full size)
Copyright © 2018 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/50, ISO 400, full size 2460 x 3660
Click to enlarge (to full size)
Copyright © 2018 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/80, ISO 400, full size 3368 x 2400
Click to enlarge (to full size)
Copyright © 2018 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/50, ISO 400, full size 3208 x 2272
text:

Victory To The Republican Prisoners

Junior McDaid house – the offices of the IRPWA (web | Fb) and Saoradh (web) in Derry – was opened two years ago (video) in Chamberlain Street. The offices are “proudly named after” IRA volunteer James McDaid, who was killed by the British Army in 1972 (Derry Journal), apparently without consulting with or inviting his wife (Derry Journal). A plaque to McDaid is to the left of the door, with two murals on the Harvey Street gable. (A third mural – to be shown later – is just out of shot to the right.)
Click to enlarge (to 2000 x 1500)
Copyright © 2018 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f3.5, 1/200, ISO 80, full size 4896 x 3672
X06364 2018-11-28 RSYM stickers+

Click to enlarge (to 900 x 1200)
Copyright © 2018 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4.7, 1/80, ISO 800, full size 1500 x 2000

X06365 X06364