- for the actress see Patricia Black (actress),
|Born||28 November 1972
Belfast, Northern Ireland
|Died||15 November 1991 (aged 18)
|Allegiance||Provisional Irish Republican Army|
|Years of service||1972 - 1991|
Patricia joined the IRA at the age of 17. Her comrades considered her a determined and dedicated young woman and she was tasked with the role of intelligence gathering. Later Black informed her parent that she was moving to Dublin but secretly moved to London.
She died, along with fellow Volunteer, Frank Ryan, on 15 November 1991, when an improvised explosive device she was carrying detonated prematurely near London. A British Army military band had been playing in theatre on St Peter's Street in St Albans which the pair had planned to attack, when the device unexpectedly exploded killing her and Ryan.
At the funeral of Frank Ryan a Sinn Féin leader, Jim Gibney, stated "Frankie and Patricia are not alone. They are representatives of a generation of Ireland's youth who have acquired the skills to remain hidden, who come forward when required to do so. How will the British defeat this invisible force?"
A political mural depicting a uniformed armed female republican in uniform in the Lenadoon area of Belfast is jointly dedicated to Black as well as Laura Crawford, Bridie Quinn and Mairéad Farrell.
A memorial to Black and Ryan was erected in their honour at the Sally Gardens Centre in Belfast. At its unveiling in 2007, West Belfast MLA Jennifer McCann stated "They are our heroes and our inspiration. They are no longer with us but let us take their vision forward."
- Tírghrá, National Commemoration Centre, 2002. PB) ISBN 0-9542946-0-2 p.361
- Liam Ferrir - Northern News, The Irish Emigrant Newspaper, Issue No.251 - 25 November 1991
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- Dr Jonathan McCormick. "Mural Directory - Photograph No.800". CAIN. Retrieved 2007-06-13.
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