Tommy Crossan

2014-04-21 Crossan2+
These two pieces of graffiti have appeared on the Stewartstown Road: “RIP Tommy Crossan – slan a chara” and “Tommy Crossan a true Republican”. Crossan, a former leader of the CIRA, was shot and killed on Friday (April 18th, 2014 – Good Friday) (Guardian).
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Blackbeard The Pirate

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Today’s images come to us from Norfolk, Virginia (USA), where two new murals have been painted. Above is Blackbeard, who died (in 1718, after a long career as a pirate) on nearby Ocracoke island (WP). The mural is on the 65-foot long side-wall of the Grace Street Grill; the middle section is just below, followed by the last third.
Painted by Richmond artist Hamilton Glass (Fb). Here’s what the wall looked like before Glass went to work.
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An Lá Dearg

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Here are three photographs from last Saturday’s (April 12th, 2014) ‘An Lá Dearg’ (The Red Day; red with rage/dearg le fearg) march in Belfast to protest cuts in promotion of the Irish language. The Belfast march comes a month after a similar ‘Lá Mór na Gaeilge’ (Irish Times report) in Dublin on February 15th. 
The first image shows the head of the parade, the second shows Patsy Dan Rogers, the ‘King of Tory’, and the third is of flyers for the event.
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Eastát Ghleann Collainn

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Mural in the Glen Colin estate, just off the Glen Road showing The Roddy’s club (in white) with the hunger striker memorial in the shape of a harp in front (shown in the image below) and the St. Oliver Plunkett church, which is in fact on the other (southern) side of the Glen Road, with the twin peaks of Divis and Black Mountain in the background. The Bobby Sands quote “Our revenge will be the laughter of our children” is at the bottom.
Previously featured: The Battle Of Antrim in the grounds of The Roddy’s
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text: volunteers irish freedom hughes mccreesh o’hara mcdonnell doherty lynch hurson mcelwee devine  mccorley

Art & Literature

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The Falls Road library is a ‘Carnegie Library’ (WP) – built with almost 4,000 pounds donated by Scotland-born American Andrew Carnegie. It opened on January 2nd, 1908, the second of three such libraries in Belfast, alongside Oldpark and Donegall Road. Its doors feature these two pieces by Holywood artist Rosamund Praeger: Art, seen here holding an artist’s palette – and Literature, seen below reading a folio. Art and Literature also take the form of angels, along with a  third muse, Science, in the stonework above the doors.
Video history of the library from Northern Visions.
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His Free Will No Thing Can Kill

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This printed tarp on the side of the Falls Road commemorates the ten 1981 hunger strikers (along with other international leaders such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela) and features a poem by Bobby Sands: “All things must come to pass as one So hope should never die There is no height or bloody might That a freeman can’t defy. There is no source or foreign force Can break one man who knows, That his free will no thing can kill And from that freedom grows.”
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text: freedom saoirse easter lily an roisín dubh mahatma gandhi MLK martin luther king nelson mandela fuiseog barbed wire their cause is ours dedicated brave irish sacrificed

The Lord Has Made Room For Us

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Vintage grocer’s signage and “Rehoboth, The Well” shopfronts in North Queen Street. “Rehoboth” was the name of the well dug by Isaac after several others which got him into disputes with other land-owners. When this one proved uncontroversial he rejoiced, saying “At last the Lord has made room for us and we will flourish in the land.” (Genesis 26:22) Demolition on the site began last week.
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Easter Parade

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A board in the Glen Rd/Falls Road triangle: “Belfast I.R.S.P. Commemoration parade, Easter Sunday, Dunville Pk 11am”. The board is a permanent fixture but this year the commemoration in question is of the 40th anniversary of the IRSP itself, as well as the 1916 Rising.
Featured previously from the same location: Slash Stormont | Finucane 25 | Revolutionary Party
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Think Independently

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Electioneering is under way in Northern Ireland, ahead of the local and European parliament elections on May 22nd. Above is a stencil in Hugo Street drumming up support for independent (socialist) Ciarán Mulholland. “Think independently, vote independent. Neamhspleách/Independent candidate for the black mountain ward. The political parties have failed the people of west Belfast. Have your say and change things.”
Replaces the Bleeding Poppy
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The Great Hunger (2)

2014-02-20 AntOcrasMor+
Mural on the New Lodge Road showing people on the coast, near abandoned buildings, trying to grow crops. “An tOcras Mór” (a literal translation of “the great hunger/famine” of 1845 and following) is usually in Irish “An Gorta Mór” or “An Drochshaol”.
Previously: The Great Hunger
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