Ulster Is Not For Sale

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Quiz: The UDA are called “Wombles” because they resemble the stop-motion characters of the BBC children’s show in (a) their fur-lined parkas, (b) their parading, or (c) their ability to acquire anything? You can find all three explanations on-line. Originally the name seems to have been a derogatory one, used by their UVF rivals, but it was adopted by the group itself. A close-up of the text on the right is below.
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text: when our forefather fought and died they led the way that we should go as loyalists united we should stand to send our message across the land that all our enemies would  know ulster is not for sale nor will we let it go no surrender quis separabit nelson drive auglish court

United Irishwomen

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Here are two final images of the extremes of the Mná na hÉireann mural featured on Monday and Wednesday.
In the four corners are circles of Betsy Gray, Anne Devlin, Mary Ann McCracken, and Máire Drumm. Gray and McCracken were Presbyterians; Gray fought (or at least, was killed) in the 1798 rebellion, as did McCracken’s brother Henry Joy; Mary Ann went on to work for the poor of Belfast and lobby against slavery. Anne Devlin assisted in Robert Emmet’s 1803 rising. (National Graves Assoc) Máire Drumm was vice-president of Sinn Féin and commander of Cumann na mBan, who are shown marching on the right-hand side. In the cloth cap and holding a rifle is Eithne Coyle, a leader and later president of Cumann na mBan, imprisoned both by the Black and Tans before the treaty and after it by the Provisional Irish government. (WP) For the photograph on which her pose here is based, see An Phoblacht‘s History Of Cumann na mBan, which also includes the photo of marching women (discussed previously in Mothering Sunday In Beechmount) though the faces have been changed here, presumably to those of more contemporary volunteers. The same is probably true of the women with bin lids on the left – leave a comment or send an e-mail if you can put a name to any of these faces.
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text: h-block do you care? funeral republican ira

Street Artist Trap

A can of spray paint acts as bait in this bear trap meant for street artists and writers.
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