Broken Wings

A Red Hand Commando board in Whitehill (Bangor) is starting to show its age.
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A Closer Look

Street art for CNBX/HTN18 by Dublin artist Aches (ig) in what he calls “subpixel” style. Last year’s piece by Aches: Headaches.
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Look Over There!

Four Dublin artists in a row in Union Street: Jitz (ig), Choke (ig), Zuas (flickr), and Decoy (ig | web).
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The Menin Gates

The Menin Gate memorial, at the eastern edge of Ypres, Belgium, commemorates 54,896 Commonwealth soldiers who died in the area during WWI and whose bodies were not recovered. “To the armies of the British Empire who stood here from 1914 to 1918 and to those of their dead who have no known grave.” The gates in the image above are off Bonds Street, Londonderry, leading to the Ebrington Centre car park.
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Out Of The Ashes Arose The Bank Building

A covered walkway has been added around the Bank Buildings to join Royal Avenue and Donegall Place while construction goes on after the fire which gutted the building on August 28th, 2018 (BBC-NI). The artwork above is by Danni Simpson (ig | web) at the Harp Bar; an Instagram story describes the process. Previously: Belfast Phoenix by Andy Council in North St.
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We Are The Dead

The 10th (Irish) Division fought only briefly “in Flanders fields”, towards the very end of the war, having spent most of its time in Gallipoli (in the Ottoman Empire), Macedonia, Egypt, and Palestine. The 16th took part in the Somme, especially at “Guinchy” [Ginchy] and Guillemont, while the 36th were deployed on the first day (the Battle Of Albert).

The poem in the middle is the first half of John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields: “In Flanders fields the poppies blow/Between the crosses, row on row/That mark our place, and in the sky/The larks, still bravely singing, fly/Scarce heard amid the guns below.//We are the dead; short days ago/We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow/Loved and were loved, and now we lie/In Flanders fields.”

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Fáilte Feirste Thiar

“Welcome to West Belfast.” The sights of nationalist west Belfast are depicted in (part of) a new mural by Mickey Doherty and Marty Lyons on the side wall of the tourist office. From left to right: The (2015) Bobby Sands mural in Sevastopol Street, tourists at the IRA D Company memorial garden on the lower Falls, Conway Mill, Divis tower, RISE at the bottom of Broadway (better known as the “Balls on the Falls”), the Falls library, the “international wall” in 2012 (with marchers in support of a nondescript international cause, crocodiles for the Irish language, and gay rights), St Peter’s pro-cathedral, a black taxi, the Connolly statue outside Comhairle Phobail an bhFál, and the model for the new Casement Park stadium.
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Is Deontóir Mé/Yes I Donate

500 people took part in the 10K Na Ceathrún Gaeltachta/Gaeltacht Quarter 10K last Sunday to raise awareness for organ donation. Youngster Dáithí Mac Gabhann (Donate4Daithí Fbtw) has become the face of the Irish-language campaign; his Facebook site has a gallery of 300+ images from the race. The mural above is on the Whiterock Road. You can register as a donor with the NHS.
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Dumnie Pamiętane I Nigdy Nie Zapomniane

“Proudly remembered and never forgotten.” For Armistice Day, 2018 – the one hundredth anniversary of the end of WWI – the ‘Band Of Brothers’ mural, which celebrates the contribution of Polish airmen stationed in Northern Ireland to the Battle Of Britain in WWII, was partly covered over with a vertically aligned Polish flag, obscuring fire damage from August(?) seen in the third image. The wreath of poppies is in fact next to the Kitchener mural.
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Tony Taylor Free

Republican prisoner Tony Taylor was released yesterday (November 28th) after 933 days in prison (BBC-NI | BelTel); for Taylor’s history in and out of prison, see Free Tony Taylor. As a result, two of the boards at the junction of William Street and Chamberlain Street will be out of date (see the wide shot, below).
In the image above, Taylor’s case is joined by that of Luke O’Neill. O’Neill is charged with attempting to kill police officers and fears for his safety in a mixed unit of Maghaberry, separated from republican prisoners in Roe House (Bel Tel).
The other board (second image, below) is for Saoradh’s youth organisation, Éistigí. The Facebook page does not appear to be publicly visible; there is a page for Junior McDaid House in which both Saoradh (tw) and Éistigí have offices.
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