I Owe My Allegiance To The Working Class

Seamus Costello fought for the IRA during the Border Campaign and was interned in the Curragh for two years. He stayed with the Officials during the split, but was driven out in 1974 and formed the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) and the INLA. He was shot in 1977. (WP)
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Aisling Ghéar

This (2017) summer the Irish-language theatre company Aisling Ghéar (web | Fb | tw) celebrated its twentieth anniversary “ag cur an dráma sa Ghaeilge le 20 bliain”.
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Headaches

Dublin artist ACHES (inst) came north for Culture Night/Hit The North last month and painted this tricoloured female face in Kent Street.
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Follow, Follow

Footballer Billy Simpson moved from Linfield to Rangers in 1950 and over the course of nine years and 239 appearances scored 163 goals. He also scored the winner for Northern Ireland against England in 1957. Simpson died in January of this year (2017) and is remembered by this board outside the Supporters’ Club in Barrington Street, south Belfast. Other boards include a celebration of Rangers’ European Cup Winners’ Cup win in 1972 over Dynamo Moscow in Camp Nou, Barcelona.
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Silicon Head

Here is the piece by Emic (Fb | tw) for Culture Night/Hit The North, on the doors and walls of the electrical sub-station (hence all of the uneven surfaces) in Church Street.
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Resurfacing

Here are three pieces of republican graffiti from Creggan, in various states of legibility: “Join IRA now!!!”, “End political policing now. INLA”, and “Hood’s [sic] will be shot”.
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A Sideways Sniff

Verz’s (Fb) new puppy is the subject of his piece for CNB/HTN17. The work’s official title is “Sleep’s Not Come”. KVLR’s 2016 piece is next to the wheelie bin. (See Up Under The Earth.)
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South East Antrim Remembers

This new South East Antrim 2nd battalion UDA/UFF mural in Glengormley prominently uses poppies, usually seen in UVF murals on account of their shared name with the Ulster Volunteers of 1912 and WWI. Replaces They Live With Us.
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Much Love

Jamie took his own life by hanging, in the park opposite this graffiti in Torrens Avenue. Norther Ireland has the UK’s highest suicide rate (19.3 deaths per 100,000 and 30.3 deaths per 100,000 for men – National Archives). Below is another piece of memorial graffiti, in Pilot Street. “RIP Kev – from Ben.” 
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If You Strike Us Down Now, We Shall Rise Again

“[I assume that I am speaking to Englishmen who value their freedom, and who profess to be fighting for the freedom of Belgium and Serbia [in WWI].] Believe that we too love freedom and desire it. To us it is more than anything else in the world. If you strike us down now, we shall rise again and renew the fight. You cannot conquer Ireland; you cannot extinguish the Irish passion for freedom. If our deed has not been sufficient to win freedom, then our children will win it by a better deed – Gen. P. H. Pearse” at his court martial in 1916.
Here are eight images of the memorial plaques to deceased Ardoyne IRA fianna and ógliagh fromt he 1970s: David McAuley, Joseph Campbell, Joseph McComiskey, Bernard Fox, Charles McCann, Seamus Cassidy, Trevor McKibbin, James McDade, Gerard McDade, James Reid, Terry Toolan, Brian Smyth, Paddy McAdorey, Denis Brown, Jim Mulvenna, Jackie Mailey, Frankie Donnelly, Laurence Montgomery.
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