Northern Ireland Conflict: Memorial/UnMemorial

Every day of the year marks the anniversary of someone’s death as a result of conflict in Northern Ireland.

About the Project

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement, also known as the Good Friday Agreement, officially ending the Northern Ireland conflict on 10 April 1998, underpinning Northern Ireland’s peace, constitutional settlement and institutions. Also, this year UK government’s are attempting to “draw a line” under Northern Ireland. “The Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill” was passed in Westminster in September 2023, despite being opposed by victims groups, all Northern Ireland political parties and the Irish Government. It proposes an effective amnesty for crimes in exchange for information. It would also prevent future civil cases and inquests into Troubles offences.

In response,  I am marking the anniversaries of all deaths, fatal injuries or disappearances by creating a durational performance, as part of my artistic practice,  to cross the Irish Border while reciting the names of those whose anniversaries of their death,  fatal injuries or disappearances, fall on that date. I post a daily one minute video reel to my artist social media channel documenting the process.  This daily post has become part of a ritual of remembering for an ever growing group of followers, including family and friends of those lost.

The work has shown in exhibitions north and south of the Irish Border, as part of the Shore Collective’s ‘Vestiges’ group exhibition in Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre in Armagh, Northern Ireland as a 10 Min Looped Video shown at Gallery One from 10 March to 6 May 2023 and also shown in the ‘Domhain Éile: Other Worlds’ exhibition in the Íontas Art Centre in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, Ireland.

By highlighting the loss of life and loved ones, this work aims to promote dialogue and healing within and beyond Northern Ireland and a deeper understanding of the ongoing legacy of the troubles.

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February 2024

Over the past year, I’ve dedicated myself to ensuring that each life lost during the Troubles in Northern Ireland is remembered on their anniversary. We’re reaching its conclusion, the 29th February still awaits, and I’m currently finalizing edits for my upcoming 5-hour film at Belfast Exposed, that captures the essence of the year’s footage. The gallery will host a curated reflective space, offering visitors the freedom to engage with it at their own pace or to choose a date significant to them. It opens on the 7th March during Late Night Art, in Belfast and there’ll be a panel discussion on 21st March at 6pm.

As the project comes to a close and against the backdrop of the atrocities in Gaza, let us strive to make hope and history resonate, ensuring that the memory of all those lost during the Troubles echoes with enduring significance around the world. To all who walked alongside me on this journey, especially those who made it a part of their daily ritual, your presence has added resonance to the echoes of remembrance. Thank you

January 2024

Every day of the year marks the anniversary of someone’s death as a result of conflict in Northern Ireland. Today, 31st January, I remember 12 loved ones killed on this date during the Troubles.

Philip Rafferty (14)

Gabriel Savage (17)

Terence McCafferty (37) 

James McCloskey (29) 

George Coulter (43) 

Hugh Woodside (60) 

James Moorehead (30) 

William Savage (27)

Thomas Bingham (29)

Martin Quinn (34) 

Mary McGlinchey (32)

Nicholas Peacock (20) 

December 2023

Every day of the year marks the anniversary of someone’s death as a result of conflict in Northern Ireland. As I cross the Irish border, today, 31st December, I remember 8 loved ones killed, fatally injured, died from fatal injuries or who disappeared on this date during the Troubles.

Alan Daughtery (23)  

Sylvia McCullough (31) 

Richard Beattie (44) 

William Scott (28) 

Sean Cairns (20) 

William Stephenson (50) 

Danny McIlhone (19)

Edmund Treanor (31) 

November 2023

Every day of the year marks the anniversary of someone’s death as a result of conflict in Northern Ireland. As I cross the Irish border, today 30th November, I remember 6 loved ones killed

on this date.

Gerard Gearon (22)

Noel Shaw (19)

Elizabeth Luney (36) 

Edward Taggart (19)

Sean Hagan (47) 

Mark Apsley (38)

October 2023

Every day of the year marks the anniversary of someone’s death as a result of conflict in Northern Ireland. Today, 30th October, I remember 16 loved ones killed  or fatally abducted on this date during the Troubles.

Norman Booth (22) 

Gordon Catherwood (44) 

Michael Meenan (16)

Eileen Kelly (6)

Stephen McCann (20)

Charles Corbett (22) 

John Maguire (56) 

Steven Mullan (20) 

Karen Thompson (19)

James Moore (81) 

Joseph McDermott (60) 

Moira Duddy (59) 

John Moyne (50) 

John Burns (54) 

Victor Montgomery (76) 

Charles Folliard (30) 

September 2023

Every day of the year marks the anniversary of someone’s death as a result of conflict in Northern Ireland. As I cross the Irish border, today, 30th September, I remember 16 loved ones killed or who disappeared on this date during the Troubles.

David Murray (49)

Patricia McKay (20) 

Francis Lane (23) 

John Kelly (43) 

Thomas Rudman (20) 

Patrick McKee (25)

James Gillen (21)

Joseph Lynskey (45) 

Ralph Laverty, (55) 

John Cameron (57) 

James Taylor (23)

Robert Shields (44)

Gerard O’Neill (28) 

Martin Peake (17) 

Karen Reilly (18)

Harry Black (27) 

August 2023

Every day of the year marks the anniversary of someone’s death as a result of conflict in Northern Ireland. As I cross the Irish border, today, 31st August, I remember 14 loved ones killed or fatally injured on this date during the Troubles.

Clifford Loring (18)

Patrick Devenney (27) 

Eamon McMahon (19)

Patrick Mulvenna (19) 

James Bryson (25) 

Joseph Reid (46)

William Smith (28)

Wallace Allen (49) 

Martin Vance (33)

Sean Dalton (54) 

Sheila Lewis (60)

Gerard Curran (57)

Francis Crawford (57)

Sean McDermott (37)