The Glorious Dead

Four of the 700 NHS staff in the UK to die of Covid during the pandemic have come Northern Ireland, the most recent being dementia specialist Alan Henry in Antrim hospital (Express | BelTel | iTV). In the south, Defence Forces have been deployed to three nursing homes while 6,400 health workers are off sick (Irish Times). The mural above shows a masked nurse and doctor among a field of poppies. For the black-and-white boards above, see Connswater Commemorates.

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Irexit

When it was launched in September 2018 (Irish Times), the Irish Freedom Party (web | tw) found some support in at least one north Belfast stencilist. But murals and graffiti that don’t meet with universal approval draw public replies: “Irexit … is a shite ideology perpetuated by fascists. My 32 counties doesn’t do racism. No pasaran!”

Some previous debates: Multiculturalism Is Genocide | We Won’t Have Carson | A Dialogue On The Nature Of Art

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The Old IRA

Cúchulainn stands dying; the raven on his shoulder will signal his death. “This memorial is dedicated to all the brave and gallant men and women of the Old IRA (Óglaigh na hÉireann) and Cumann na mBán who fought in all of the campaigns from the 1920s War of Independence onwards.”

The Irish tricolour with crossed rifles was the flag of the Irish Volunteers (Óglaigh na hÉireann), the splits in which gave rise all the subsequent IRAs.

For a roll of honour 1916-1966, including some profiles, see Treason Felony.

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Road Sign

Speed limits in Northern Ireland are set by the Department Of Infrastructure/An Roinn Bonneagair after consideration of all relevant factors. The residents of Tern Street, Belfast, have instead used a decades-old mode of public communication – wall painting – to ask motorists to slow down around the sharp turn just off Dee Street.

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Inter City Regiment

“Rangers ICF [Inter City Firm – football ultras] supports our troops, particularly those who might be accused of crimes on “Bloody Sunday 1972”. The flags are hanging outside Bar Berlin, home of the Berlin Loyal RSC (tw).

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Good Night, White Pride

Good night, white pride” is an anti-fascist slogan/meme (and Loikaemie song) endorsed by antifa and the “ultra” fan club of FC St Pauli: “In Hamburg nur wir! Auf zum derby!” [Only us in Hamburg. Off to the derby [with Hamburger SV]]. The lobster is perhaps an appropriation of Jordan Peterson’s use of the lobster as an analogy supporting natural social hierarchies. Get in touch if you can explain.

Previously: Gegen Rechts

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Sleeping Giant

The First Trust/AIB branch in High Street, next to Joy’s Entry, is merely resting. “This branch is closed” and has been for three years.

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Noah?

The fourth review of evidence in the case of Noah Donohoe, in preparation for a later coroner’s inquest, is scheduled to take place on January 18th (Belfast Live). Friends, family, and concerned members of the public are continuing their campaign for answers, using the hashtag #NoahsArmy on Twitter. The sign shown above is on the top floor of Teach Mhéabh (Maeve House) in the New Lodge.

Previous posts about Noah’s death.

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V For Victory

August 15th, 1945, saw the end of the second World War in the Pacific theatre, effectively ending the war as a whole. The 75th anniversary of the event was celebrated on the Shankill by and Up! Culture + Arts. Belfast Councillor (and 2020 High Sheriff) Nicola Verner has video (tw) of the tarp on the float that paraded along the Shankill on the day itself. With sponsorship from the Executive and the Greater Shankill Partnership (tw).

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Another Year Has Come And Gone

41 Fallswater Street, west Belfast, has been blocked up, with a “No parking” sign in the front window, for over a decade without any sign of renovation.

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