Graffiti on the hoardings around the building-site at the top of Woodvale Road, in reference to the on-going dispute at Twaddell Avenue, which is just to the right of the PSNI land-rover in the right of frame – each night Orange bands march up to the police line, attempting to march past the Ardoyne shops and finish a parade from the Twelfth (of July) 2013.
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Here are two images of the barbed wire above the international wall on Divis Street. The first, above, is a banner reading “1971 – End British internment of Irish citizens – 1914″. Below, two flyers name John Paul Wooton (one of the … Continue reading →
October 23rd marks the anniversary of the bombing of Frizzell’s fishmongers on the Shankill Road, above which the Shankill UDA and LPA had their headquarters. The bomb exploded prematurely, killing nine people, including the owner and three members of his family, and one of the IRA bombers (also memorialized, by a plaque in Ardoyne), and injuring 57 others. The meeting whose attendees were the intended target had ended early. The memorial includes a cross of poppies and an engraving of the (old) exterior – the memorial is on the wall of the new building (shown below), the old one having collapsed as a result of the bomb. (WP)
See previously: Where Is Our Truth? which (in one of its panels) reproduces the scene after the bombing.
Rory Donnelly is a former Cliftonville player, from Belfast, currently signed to Welsh club Swansea and playing internationally (U-21) for Northern Ireland. As shown here, Donnelly’s hands (like the rest of him – he is 6′ 2″) are long and slender; the problem with the depiction is rather that it appears to show a thumb where his little finger should be – the photograph on which the mural is based (see the last image in this BBC gallery) shows that in fact he is holding down his little finger (with his thumb behind his palm), thus leaving three digits raised in celebration of a hat trick against Dungannon Swifts.
The Paddy Barnes mural to the left was featured previously in Oh! Paddy Boy.
Canadian physician John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields and the triple arches of the Thiepval memorial to the missing are featured in this Monkstown mural. It is McCrae’s poem that is thought to have given rise to the use of the poppy as a symbol of military remembrance (WP). A close-up of the right-hand side, showing the memorial, is below. The names of over 72,000 dead are inscribed on the memorial (WP | travelfranceonline).
“In Flanders fields the poppies blow/Between the crosses, row on row/That mark our place; and in the sky/The larks, still bravely singing, fly/Scarce heard amid the guns below.//We are the Dead. Short days ago/We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,/Loved and were loved, and now we lie/In Flanders fields//Take up our quarrel with the foe:/To you from failing hands we throw/The torch; be yours to hold it high./If ye break faith with us who die/We shall not sleep/Though poppies grow/In Flanders fields.”
Flyer on an ‘alcohol free’ sign at the top of Berwick Road/Paraid An Ardghleanna showing a darkened figure behind prison bars: “This could be your brother, sister, mother, father, son or daughter. Who’s next? Support our POW’s!”
The wide shot, below, shows the flyer’s position above the “PSNI not welcome in Ardoyne” signage, featured previously (Unwelcome To Ardoyne).
The king of the jungle is wearing a wide-brimmed purple fedora, in the middle of a long, three shop-front piece by Twitch (Fb) – wide shot below. The sunflowers are for the Sunflower bar, on the other side of the street.