IRA County Antrim Plot



Address: Milltown Cemetery, Upper Falls Road, Falls.
Commemorating: Fallen Volunteers from County Antrim, Oglaigh na hEireann, from 1797 onwards. Deceased members of the Belfast National Graves Association. Irish Republicans who fought in the Spanish Civil War. Hunger strikers.
Commissioned by: Belfast National Graves Association. Donations from America and Dublin.
Date unveiled: 1966
Notes: The monument is built on a 17 foot square of ground formerly known as the Tom Williams Plot, because it was bought from money accumulated by the Tom Williams Gaelic, Athletic and Camogie Club, Belfast, that was founded in "A" Wing, Belfast Prison, in 1945 by the Republican sentenced prisoners. It was designed by architect Sean Mackel and sculpted by Mr. Wm. Currie & Sons, Monumental Sculptors, Belfast. The bronze sculptures on each side of monument were the work of Dublin sculptor Richard Enda King.

Irish limestone monument, built in a cruciform shape rising from a black base in the form of a cross. The Roll of Honour of IRA Volunteers from County Antrim who died from 1797 onwards is inscribed on the cross’ arms. One side of monument reads: “COUNTY ANTRIM MEMORIAL Togad an leact seo mar comarta urraime gra agus dilse do na saigdiuiri uaisic as Contae Aontroma a martraiod ar son Poblacht na hEireann. Seas gac giuin diob sa bearna baoil ag troid go croga cun aontact agus saoirse a tabairt ar ais do Naisiun na nGael go srreaga an leact Cuimne seo na daoine Feasta ionas go leana siad lorg na laocra go dti go mbearrar bua uasal na saoirse ar ball Erected by the Belfast Committee of the National Graves Association with generous co-operation from sub-committees in America and Dublin”. A series of three plaques are placed on its feet on one side. Left plaque reads: “(Irish version). In memory of those members of the National Graves Association (Belfast) who built and maintained the graves of our patriot dead”. Central plaque reads: “This grave is reserved for the remains of Lieut. Tom Williams I.R.A. Hanged in Belfast Jail 2nd Sept. 1942 Go ndeanfaid dia a mait air”. Right plaque reads: “(Irish version). In memory of those Irish Republicans who fought against fascism during the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 No Pasaran”. Bronze plaque attached to the monument reads: “I ndil chuimhne Jimmy Steele Died Aug 9th 1970 Soldier – Writer – Poet Lieut general Oglaigh na heireann Chairman National Graves Association Also all deceased members of the above association associated with him in the erection of this memorial A Mhuire na nGael guidh orthu”. Black granite plaque in the memorial grounds reads: “In loving memory of those who died on hunger strike in H-Blocks Long Kesh March-October 1981 Vol. Bobby Sands aged 27 5-5-81 66 days Vol. Francis Hughes aged 25 12-5-81 59 days Vol. Ray McCreesh aged 24 21-5-81 61 days Vol. Patsy O’Hara aged 24 21-5-81 61 days Vol. Joe McDonnell aged 30 8-7-81 61 days Vol. Martin Hurson aged 24 13-7-81 46 days Vol. Kevin Lynch aged 25 1-8-81 71 days Vol. Kieran Doherty aged 25 2-8-81 73 days Vol. Thomas McIlwee aged 23 8-8-81 60 days Vol. Michael Devine aged 27 20-8-81 60 days Their comrades died on hunger strike England Vol. Michael Gaughan aged 24 3-6-74 65 days Vol. Frank Stagg aged 34 12-2-76 62 days Ar laim deas de go rab siad”. On either side of monument – bronze sculptures representing, on one face, Roisin Dubh exorting the men of Antrim to rise; on the other, Roisin Dubh rising from bondage.