Graffiti has been daubed on a Sheffield postbox in support of a terrorist group.
The message of ‘UP THE IRA’ – which stands for the Irish Republican Army – was spotted outside Upperthorpe Road post office, in Upperthorpe yesterday.
Irish Republican Army, also called the Provisional Irish Republican Army, is a republican paramilitary organisation seeking the establishment of a republic, the end of British rule in Northern Ireland, and the reunification of Ireland.
The group have been responsible for a number of bombings in the UK since the 1970s and have clashed with British armed forces and Loyalist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland for several decades.
The IRA are on a Government list of proscribed groups linked to Northern Ireland related terrorism.
The graffiti comes a week after a sticker saying ‘Multiculturalism is Genocide’ was stuck on a lamppost in Convent Walk in Sheffield city centre.
The Star understands a request has been lodged for Sheffield Council to remove the graffiti.
With many thanks to: The Star for the origional story.
Denis Carey of Loughnane, Templederry was one of two brothers who worked in two shops in Nenagh; Denis worked at McCurtain’s (now Sheahan’s Hardware); his brother, Gerry, worked at McCormack’s. Denis would stay in Nenagh for the week, sleeping at McCurtains, and would return to his family home at weekends. He was a volunteer and was deeply involved in the republican court system.
On the 26th of November, 1920, the night of his murder, a group of three masked Black and Tan soldiers raided McCurtain’s around midnight; Denis and another worker, Jim Moore, were dragged from their rooms. As they were being marched outside, Moore stepped back and slammed the front door shut as a means of escape. He stumbled against a table and fell to the ground; this had the fortunate consequence of protecting him from shots fired through the letter-box. Shortly afterwards, he heard more shots. About an hour later, a man named Mike Geaney of Wolfe Tone Terrace arrived at the premises and said that Denis had been gravely wounded near his house. A priest and Dr. Louis Courtney were in attendence but Denis died later that day in Nenagh Infirmary. Theories about his killers abound: on posited that 2 named constables were responsible; another claimed that a man Denis had exiled as part of his republican court duties had returned as a Black and Tan and had exacted retribution. According to an account of the shooting, after Denis had been shot, one of the Blank and Tan soldier’s unmasked himself and asked “Do you know me now, Dinny?”. While Denis was being treated in hospital, family members and volunteers pleaded with him to name his attacker but he refused, saying “One death is enough”.
It is also noteworthy that this brother, Gerry, had resided in McCormack’s shop which had received a tip off about a raid on their premises that same night but had escaped it. Gerry was later wounded fighting with republicans in the Civil War.
John Starrs was born in Hamilton Street in the Brandywell where he lived with his parents and brothers.
At the time, the 19 year-old was not living in Derry and was a member of the Irish army. In fact the Brandywell man was a trained marksman.
When he heard about what happened in Derry on Bloody Sunday, John decided to return to Derry and join the Republican Movement and became a member of ‘B’ company of the 1st Battalion of the IRA’s Derry brigade.
His military training was quickly utilised by the IRA in Derry and he was soon on ‘active service’ on the streets of the city.
When he was killed, John was part of a four-man unit operating on the edge of the Bogside looking for British soldiers.
The group were ‘floating’ – an IRA term for volunteers travelling around looking for targets – and were armed with two .303 bolt action rifles, a Garrand rifle, and a sterling sub-machine gun.
They decided to spilt up and John and another volunteer, Gerry Doherty, went to Chamberlain Street. The pair were preparing their weapons close to the junction of Chamberlain Street and William Street when British soldiers, who were hiding on the top floor of a nearby building, opened fire on them.
John was hit in the chest while Gerry was shot in the arm. Despite the hail of bullets, passers-by intervened and dragged Gerry to safety but John was already dead. The civilians who came to their aid also managed to recover their weapons and get them out of the area.
Rioting broke out in the area shortly after the shooting and the building from which the soldiers opened fire from set on fire by the crowd.
The Derry Command of the Provisional IRA released a statement after the shooting describing the 19 year -old as “a very fine volunteer”.
“We hope that his death will inspire the people of Free Derry to continue the fight for Irish freedom and help to realise the dreams of the dead youth,” the IRA said.
The statement also quoted the words of Patrick Pearse; “They shall be spoken of among our people and generations shall remember them and call them blessed.”
“When the Black and Tans behaved in such an excited and unsoldierly way by endangering my daughter’s life when she was playing in St Stephen’s Green, I resolved to give all the help in my power to the resistance movement headed by Michael Collins. … I also gave Batt O’Connor a latch key of my house, 15 Ely Place, and prepared that apparently impassable cul de sac so that Collins, if hard pressed, could use my garden and appear in St Stephen’s Green.”
– The War of Independence, 1919-1921: Oliver St John Gogarty, Dublin. With many thanks to: Life And Times of The “big Fella”.
Kevin Barry’s comrade, John Joe Carroll, who had been on the Monks Bakery raid, is recorded as having said about the IRA and any rescue attempt to free Kevin from prison:
“Unfortunately no serious attempt was ever made. True, the Big Shots made a bit of a demonstration – they had men from the Dublin Brigade waiting around the vicinity of the prison on several occasions but no-one received any instructions and the whole business fizzled out…
The rank and file were ready and prepared to play their part in any attempt but the ‘Brass Hats’ were only play-acting and had no intention of risking their skins in any serious attempt at rescue.
Writing forty years later, Carroll bitterly concludes: ‘The political boys behind the scenes had the last word. Kevin Barry was more valuable dead than alive.”
With many thanks to: Belvedere Boy – Kevin Barry, Irish Patriot.