At various points in the city, if you keep your eyes peeled you will come across plaques, erected by the Derry Republican Graves Association, to Irish Republican Army (IRA) volunteers killed in the Northern Ireland “Troubles” – the term used to describe the 30 years of conflict between 1969 and 2000 which tore the protestant and catholic or unionist and republican communities apart.
The memorials, generally plaques (picture two), have been placed as close as possible to where the volunteers died. For various reasons it has not been possible to place plaques at the locations (mostly non republican sites) where a number of volunteers died.
A combined memorial to these later volunteers was unveiled in 2003 on Rossville Street in the Bogside between Free Derry Corner and the Hunger Strike Monument.
This block of granite on low stone plinth is a four sided memorial and honours 18 named IRA volunteers (17 men and one woman) from the Derry Brigade who died in their pursuit of an all Ireland Republic. Included on the memorial roll of honour are Jim Moyne and Pól Kinsella who both died in Long Kesh (HM Prision Maze, outside Belfast) and Kieran Fleming who drowned while on active service on the County Fermanagh border.
Other republican paramilitary organisations such as the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) maintain their own memorials with one such, to an 18 yr old volunteer and two others, (picture three) about 50 metres away from the IRA memorial in William Street.
This entry is one of a group (loop) of entries based on many trips to Londonderry/Derry. I suggest you continue with my next entry – Free Derry Wall – or to start the loop at the beginning go to my introductory entry – The City on the Foyle.