Liú Lúnasa

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Liú Lúnasa is an Irish language festival, held this year on 24-28 August. The mural above shows rocks taken from the wall separating Palestine and Israel being used to build a gaelscoil (an Irish-language school). The mural was painted by Jimí Mac Fhlannchadha.
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text: X03817 na habair é, dean é. troidimís. dearg le fearg.

The Brave Thirteen

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The repainting of the Mountjoy ‘Breaking The Boom‘ in the Siege Of Derry is the second of three recent works in the Waterside. (The first of the three to be featured was City Of Temperance.) The work has been retitled ‘The Brave Thirteen’ in to extend the mural to the closing of the gates by 13 Apprentice Boys, whose surnames are given here as Sherrard, Morrison, Steward, Campsie, Cunninghman, Sherrard, Conningham, Cairns, Hunt, Crookshannks, Irwin, Harvy, Spire (for first names and alternate spellings, see Apprentice Boys).
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text: X03796 X03795 X03794 bond street community association

Victory To The Prisoners

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More ‘people should not inform’ PSNI posters (and a large board in Thames Street, shown below) from the IRPWA (Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association) including the arrest of Padraig McShane, along with one demanding “Political status now” with a raised fist grasping barbed wire.
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Rebels’ Unrest

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Four banners on the front of the Rebel’s Rest in west Belfast: “Cothaigh meon na saoirse/Nurture the spirit of freedom”, “Decolonise your mind”, “Welcome to west Belfast, poverty capital of the six counties”, and (visible below) “PSNI/MI5/British Army not welcome in this area”. For previous stencils from 2014, see The Rebel’s Rest.
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100 Years Of The Covenant

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The covenant was signed in September 1912 (as captured in another famous image from Belfast’s City Hall — see Betting Office). The mural above uses the text of the Covenant as a backdrop to a composite of Edward Carson speaking and a row of Ulster Volunteers, formed in January 1913 (see the similar mural First World War).
Murals Irlande du Nord has a post comparing this painted version with the previous plastic version.
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Carson speaking, unknown year

Carson inspects UVF troops in 1914

text: X03806 Dean Park Carrickfergus

I Am Proud To Be A Rebel

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The third panel of three new paintings outside Casement Park continues the quote in the second, both coming from the end of Casement’s speech during his trial on charges of treason against the UK. “It is only from the convict these things [i.e. human rights] are withheld, for crime committed and proven and Ireland, that has wronged no man, has injured no land, that has sought no dominion over others — Ireland is being treated today among the nations of the world as if she were a convicted criminal. If it be treason to fight against such an unnatural fate as this, then I am proud to be a rebel, and shall cling to my “rebellion” with the last drop of my blood.”
The speech was unsuccessful; Casement was hanged in Pentonville prison, England on Augst 3rd, 1916. The photograph on which this painting (and Casement’s appearance on the recently repainted International Wall) is based can be seen below.
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RPG Avenue

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Since 1984 (and perhaps earlier) Beechmount Avenue in west Belfast has been known as “RPG Avenue”, after the rocket-propelled grenade launchers used by the IRA. The temporary murals (on tarpaulins) shown in the first two images (from a recent dedication at the memorial garden across the street) here recall the 80s, with images of armed volunteers and of the support for the blanket men and hunger strikers from “Beechmount/Iveagh H Block-Armagh Comittee”. The final image, taken in June of this year, shows that the street still retains its unofficial name and also gives the names of various volunteers from A Coy, 2nd Battalion, including Pat McGeown, a hunger striker whose family intervened when he lapsed into a coma, and who was elected to Belfast City Council in 1993 and died in 1996 of a heart attack.
For the murals in the background see Free Tony Taylor and Bilal Kayed.
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text: X03826 X03825 X03463 roll of honour stan carberry frankie dodds paul fox sean bailey paul marlowe tony campbell albert kavanagh tom mcGoldrick fuair siad bas as son na heireann ireland unfree will never be at peace ascaill ard na bhfeá

Ballyclare Remembers

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The technique of ‘posterization’ reaches (regrettable?) new heights in that this new WWI centenary mural in Ballyclare, which is pained directly on the gable wall at the bottom of Grange Drive, is made to look as though it has been rendered blotchy by the Photoshop filter.
Replaces Over The Top.
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Country Roads

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UVF-YCV mural on a stone wall in Magheramorne (south of Larne), repainted (see the version in 2008, below) and with three flags added.
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No Excuse

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As a comparison of the first and third images – taken six weeks apart – show, a count of the days in prison has been added to the Tony Taylor board on the green in front of the H-Block memorial in London-/Derry, reminiscent of the counts that were kept of the hunger strikers in 1981 (see, for example, Day 55 | Day 61 on the Peter Moloney Collection blog).
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