Teenage Dreams

2015-02-07 UpstairsRight+
Here are the three right-most panels from Ciaran Gallagher’s “Upstairs” in the Dark Horse/Duke Of York courtyard: On the left, a young (and left-handed) Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol images himself as a future rock star as he plays the broom, beneath an Undertones sign, “Teenage dreams, so hard to beat”, reflected in the mirror. (Drummer Jonny Quinn worked at Good Vibrations as a youth.) In the middle, a mature Rory McIlroy relives a moment from age nine, when he appeared on the Gerry Kelly show on UTv and chipped balls into a washing machine. And finally, Carl “The Jackal” Frampton lets out a roar himself up after beating Spaniard Kiko Martinez to become IBF world super-bantamweight champion in September 2014. He defends his title this Saturday (2015-02-28). In the attic: Deep Throat, not the Watergate scandal but the porno, both 1972.
See previously: Fifty Shades Of Belfast, featuring The Fall (from television) and Romper Room (not from television).
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Martha Campbell

2014-09-01 MarthaCampbell+
The plaque above was unveiled on the 40th anniversary of the death of Martha Campbell, on May 14th, 2012. Campbell was the last person to die in the protracted gunfire that followed the bombing of Kelly’s Bar in Ballymurphy on the 13th. UVF gunmen are attributed the killing by McKittrick (186), but no one has officially taken responsibility for the death (WP). A tribute site exists on-line, which maintains that the bullet came from Henry Taggart rather than Springmartin.
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Show No Mercy

2015-02-05 CastlemaraEddie+
“Show no mercy and expect none”. Iron Maiden’s Eddie the trooper, armed with an assault rifle and carrying a UDA flag, leads the grim reaper over the graves of “G. Adams”, “McGuinness” and “A. Maskey”. UDA/UFF mural in Carrickfergus.
For more on Eddie, see The Trooper | Eddie Rides.
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At The Pass

2014-08-11 UVFDonegallPass+
South Belfast Ulster Volunteer Force 2nd Battalion “A” Company Donegall Pass, with the flag of England (St. George’s Cross) in one corner and in the other an orange star with “1912” written below, the year the Ulster Volunteers were founded. The colour-scheme is the reverse of the Orange Order’s: its flag has the St. George’s cross in the top-right, with a purple star of the Williamites on an orange field.
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Mr. Lee

2015-02-14 DevlinLeeDogs+
Patrick Devlin mashes-up the scratched-up Mr. Lee (from Bruce Lee’s final movie, Enter The Dragon, 1973) with the jacket-and-tie style of early Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction). On the door of the Red Barn Gallery. Previously: Blowing My Mind.
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Machine Guns & Mortars

2014-08-28 36thUlster+
Monkstown WWI mural in four quadrants showing the emblem of the 36th (Ulster) Division, a soldier at the cross in the Thiepval Cemetery, soldiers feeding a belt of ammunition into a Vicker’s machine gun, and others loading a Stokes mortar.
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