PIRA, Ardoyne and Ligoniel Fallen Volunteers



Address: Berwick Road, Ardoyne.
Commemorating: Fallen Volunteers of Oglaigh na hEireann/Fianna Eireann, deceased members of Sinn Féin and civilian casualties from the Ardoyne, the Bone and Ligoniel areas.
Commissioned by: Not known [PIRA].
Date unveiled: 20 April 1976
Notes: Garden of remembrance unveiled by Nora Connolly O'Brien, daughter of James Connolly.

Central black granite plaque depicting a phoenix rising from the flames and reading: “Freedom hath arisen Oft from prison bars Oft from battle flashes Oft from heroes lips Oftenest from their ashes”. (Roll of honour of IRA, Sinn Féin and civilian casualties from the area follows). Two silver sculptures depicting phoenixes are placed at its feet. On the right from the main entrance – Celtic cross with the inscription: “In loving memory of all from the Ardoyne Bone and Ligoniel who died because of Irelands Troubles”; plaque on it reads: “This garden of remembrance was unveiled by Nora Connolly O’Brien daughter of James Connolly, Easter Tuesday 1976 It is dedicated to the memory of Oglaigh na h-Eireann and na Fianna Eireann Volunteers, Sinn Féin and members of our community who lost their lives since 1969. Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.”. Along the gable’s fascia runs the inscription: “It is not those who can inflict the most but those who can endure the most shall win”.