United Irishwomen

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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 third woman with a bin lids on the left – leave a comment or send an e-mail if you can put a name to any of these faces.
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Do You Care?

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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 and Theresa Deery) describes the photograph (included below) on which this part of the mural is based. The women in Armagh prison were allowed to wear their own clothes and so were not ‘on the blanket’ as their male counterparts in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh were. However, they did engage in a “no wash” protest, which lasted from February 1980 until March 1981, and three of them – Mairéad Farrell, Mary Doyle, and Margaret Nugent – joined the 1980 hunger strike. In the second image, below, grieving mothers, wives, and sisters stand over a coffin draped in the Irish tricolour with paramilitary gloves and beret on top.
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Hark! To The Tramp Of The Young Guards Of Éireann

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A pair of boards have been added to either side of one of the Bone memorials in Clós Ard An Lao, one for Na Fianna Éireann – the boys – and one for Cumann na gCailíní – the girls. The words are those of the Marching Song Of Na Fianna Éireann, except that in the second verse (the third stanza shown, first in the image below) the words “Cumann na gCailinní” have been inserted instead of “Fianna Éireann”.
The third image, below, shows the whole wall; for a close-up of the central boards, commemorating locals who lost their lives in the troubles, see Bone Memorial.
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text: X02202 X02203 X02204 cumann na mban firm each footstep erect each head soldiers of freedom unfearing and eager to follow the teaching of our hero dead on for freedom set we our faces to the dawning day in our own land when strength and daring shall end for evermore the saxon sway truth on our lips purity in our hearts strength in our arms blessed be our ahnd like the who won for her glory in the days that are gone clean be our thinking and fruitful our teaching that we may deserve here when the fight is won soldiers and champions of eire our mother fear we no sassanach his schemes or steel foes of no foeman by comrades sisters all who are striving for weal

Prison Walls

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Here are two details from the Ardoyne, Bone, Ligoniel mural featured yesterday, as well as a shot of bouquets of flowers in front of the plaque on the stone put in place in 2003. The first reproduces a photograph of Mairéad Farrell during the “no-wash” or “dirty” protest in Armagh Women’s Prison. (See the final (unattributed) image, below, and the middle of this 1989 Frontline documentary.) The second shows the walls and guard-towers of the H-Blocks (featured previously in You Know Where). The frames and photographs of 40 locals are printed, not painted.
Video of the launch:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UP5QNOtwmuU]
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text: X02277 X02278 X02279 dedicated to those friends and neighbours from ardoyne, the bone and ligoniel whose contribution and support to our struggle was and remains invaluable aithníonn muid a gcrógacht oglaigh na héireann meán fómhair 2003

Just As Good As Others

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RNU (Republican Network For Unity) mural at the top of Berwick Road (Paráid An Ardghleanna) featuring the words of Mairéad Farrell, one of the PIRA members shot on Gibraltar.
“Everyone tells me I’m a feminist. All I know is that I’m just as good as others … and that especially means men. I am definitely a socialist and I am definitely a Republican. I believe in a united socialist country, definitely socialist. Capitalism can offer our people nothing and yet that’s the main interest of the British in Ireland.”
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Sister Soldiers

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Republican mural in Sráid na Sceithe/Hawthorn Street at the junction with Cavensish Street celebrating the lives of Winifred Carney and Nora Connolly. “They stand for the honour of Ireland, As their sisters in days that are gone, And they’ll march with their brothers to freedom, The soldiers of Cumman na mBan.” Below is a 1965 video of Connolly talking about her life (1893-1981 (WP)) and her father James Connolly, who was executed after the 1916 rising. Carney, who grew up and lived in Belfast, was inside the GPO with Connolly. After the rising, she returned to Belfast, married a Protestant, and continued to advocate socialism (WP).
Previously on Extramural Activity: 1916 Easter Rising Inside the GPO | Outside the GPO
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100 Years Of Struggle

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Friday March 8th was International Women’s Day, 2013. Here is a board for the event in 2011, still visible in London-/Derry/Doire.
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text: X01001 100 years of struggle we haven’t gone away you know, p.r.a.m.s. positive relations amongst mothers

25 Years – Completed

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Here is the finished version of the murals “in progress” in a post from a few days ago (see that post for the photographs on which the mural is based), one supporting Marian Price (WP) and the other commemorating three events in March 1988.

25 years ago – 1988 – puts us firmly in the era of video, and so you can see footage on youtube relating to each of these events:

Death On The Rock, a famous Thames Television production about the SAS killings of IRA members Mairéad Farrell, Danny McCann and Seán Savage on March 6th in Gibraltar.

Michael Stone’s attack on mourners at their funerals in Milltown cemetery, March 16th, which killed Thomas McErlean, John Murray, and Caoimhín Mac Brádaigh (Kevin Brady).

Kevin McCracken funeral, March 17th (died on March 14th).

The memorial depicted in the background of the mural is a civil war memorial in Ballyseedy, Co. Kerry (WP). Here is a copy of Tragedies In Kerry.

These pieces replace the ‘We demand POW status NOW’ mural. (Guernica is to the right.)

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text: X00979 mairéad dan seán kevin thomas caoimhín john milltown gibraltar free marian price another victim of british justice i ndíl cuimhne

A Full House

An extra-wide shot of another detail of the mural celebrating the Queen’s diamond jubilee on the Shankill (featured in For Those About To March). Between 20 and 30 thousand are expected to march this weekend (Tele).

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Banquet

Here is a close-up of the first three panels (out of 7.5) of Rita Duffy’s Banquet, (mentioned yesterday as having preceded the 2012 Covenant board in Argyle St.). It was originally produced for International Women’s Day 2011 and was launched on March 11th (Greater Shankill Partnership | Newsletter). There’s an excellent set of pictures, taken by the Shankill Women’s Center, of the boards being erected over a 2002 mural celebrating the Queen’s 50th anniversary, and a video by NVTv.

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A wide shot and a close-up of the info board are below … This is a difficult piece to photograph in its new location (Cupar Way): it is long and there’s a tree on the pavement; it is also highly reflective. Unlike other pieces on Cupar Way, it has largely escaped the plague of locusts that is tourists’ signatures.

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text:  X00646 X00644 X00642 Banquet by rita duffy, this mural is presented by the shankill women’s centre to celebrate the centenary of international women’s day 2011. it was funded by the arts council of northern ireland. the picture is the artist’s response to research carried out by local women into the women’s suffrage movement in belfast. the campaign to get the vote precipitated a change in the lives of women living in the shankill throughout the 20th century and beyond. banquet celebrates the ongoing process of that change. 1911 international women day 2011, swc, mary-ann mccraken helen crickard caroline mccorin linda walker