Art & Literature

2014-03_18 FallsLibArt+
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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2014-03-18 FallsLibLit+
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His Free Will No Thing Can Kill

2014-03-18 FallsSaoirse+
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

2014-04-03 Rehoboth+
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

2014-03-15 GlenFallsIRSP+
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

2014-04-03 MulhollandHugo+
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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Harland & Why

2014-04-08 LocalJobsFlyer+
The poster above – seen in east and south Belfast – has been called “racist” by the Alliance party. “What happened to local jobs for local people? Why are local skilled workers denied job opportunities? Why is outside labour being used in their place? Why are hundreds of overseas workers employed at present on higher wages? Why are they not paying UK tax? Why are they not paying national insurance?”
The poster concerns the 600 temporary jobs at H&W refurbishing the oil rig ‘Blackford Dolphin‘. According to the BBC (video) only one third of the jobs could be filled from the Northern Irish workforce. A BelTel article from November 2013 specifies that another third came from Britain and the final third from “Poland and Lithuania”.
Below: Some posters with the H&W cranes in the background, just off the Newtownards Road.
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2014-04-08 LocalJobs+
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Come On The Mac

2014-03-14 MacFootballFull+
This new Albert Street mural in the lower Falls celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Frank Gillen Centre and the 70th anniversary of Immaculata Football Club. The figure on the right is current Cliftonville player Liam Boyce who grew up in the area and played for Immaculata as a youth. The team’s logo appears to the right of Boyce’s outstretched hand. (If you know the local player on the left, please leave a comment or send an e-mail.)
The piece was painted by Micky Doherty and Lucas. Detail of the players in the lower right below.
Previously: Immaculata boxing | Mysterious Ways (St. Peter’s)
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2014-03-14 MacFootballDetail+
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text: failte go bothar na bhfal st. peter’s cathedral providing a range of programmes both educational and recreational which meet the needs of young people in the Falls area.

Tigers Bay

2014-04-01 TigersBay+
“Community. Pride. Culture.” As part of a 2009-2010 re-imaging program, the UDA mural on Cultra Street in Tigers Bay was replaced with this
More information about the project, and a picture of the former mural, on tigers-bay.com.
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