Romanian Housebreakers Beware

2014-05-08 Romanian+
Graffiti in The Village area (south Belfast). The precise reason for the graffiti is unknown (leave a comment/e-mail if you know). Romanians were in the first wave of European immigration to Northern Ireland and came under attack especially in 2009.  More recently, a Romanian had faeces thrown at him last week (BelTel) and attacks against immigrants, Poles in particular, have been on the rise in recent months. The latest is this attack (Tele) on a family in Templemore Avenue and an attack by a gang of fifteen people (Guardian). Last week saw “Locals only/Get out!” graffiti in east Belfast (U.tv – includes video| The Journal) and south Belfast (NewsLetter). Last year, “No blacks” graffiti was directed at two Nigerians, also in east Belfast (BBC). The Polish envoy has expressed his concerns to the PSNI (Guardian | IrishNews).
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Mountain Stage

2014-05-09 FineDominioBrit+
The Giro d’Italia (Tour Of Italy) got off to a rainy start in Belfast yesterday (Friday May 9th, 2014) with a team time-trial. While there was talk in February of removing not just election posters (BBC) but also flags and murals (BBC), and the tourist board and Department of Enterprise hopes that spectacular scenes (through the rain) from the north Antrim coast will recoup the cost of hosting the event (4.2M in total), republicans took to the slopes of Sliabh Dubh to greet Italian visitors and perhaps viewers with “Fine Dominio Britannico” (“End British Rule”), and loyalists held what the Tele describes as a “protest march”, setting off this morning at the same time as the second stage – around the Antrim coast – got under way (Parades Commission on the Ligoniel Combine).
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Purity In Our Hearts

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“Purity in our hearts, Strength in our arms, Truth in our lips.” Easter Sunday (April 20th) saw the launch of a new RNU tribute to four teenaged members of Fianna Éireann who died in 1972 – Davy McAuley, Josh Campbell, Josie McComiskey and Bernard Fox – all four from Ardoyne/Ard Eoin. Dates of death are given on the plaque, below and descriptions of their respective demises can be found on Ardyone Republican. The third image is a wide shot showing the piece and a new memorial garden.
The work is unveiled at the beginning of this video of the event.
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text:  X01807 X01808 X01809 X02083 1909-2009 100 year of resistance you may kill the revolutionary but never the revolution network unity honour ardoyne’s fallen fianna all of whom lived in ardoyne and died tragically on active service in 1972 Truth on our lips

Andrew Murphy Memorial

2014-05-05 MurphyDetail+
Detail from the ‘Andrew Murphy Memorial’ mural (full mural below) at the top of Grange Drive, Ballyclare, showing King Billy crossing the Boyne. ‘Andrew Murphy Memorial’ is a flute band from Carluke, Scotland. According to the band’s Fb page, the band was formed in 1988 and named after a member of the Carluke Orange Lodge (LOL 190). Here is video of the band  parading in Belfast, at the UVF centenary celebrations last year (2013).
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In-Former Republicans

2014-05-03 BostonTouts+
More graffiti relating to the Gerry Adams arrest last week, this time on Divis Street: “In-Former Republicans – Boston College touts”. The graffiti refers to a collection of interviews made by former members of paramilitary groups (on both sides), some of which the PSNI gained access to after legal action and which are reported to have formed the basis of Adams’s interrogation. More background from the BBC.
Previously in this location: Divis Isn’t Working
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It Was Gerry

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Graffiti in the Rathcoole estate, in Newtownabbey just north of Belfast, “It was Gerry [Adams]”, next to “RHC” – “Red Hand Commandos”.
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#Time4Truth

2014-05-03 Time4Truth+
Before the Gerry Adams arrest dominated the headlines (Get The Real Story), the major issue of last week was the announcement by NI Secretary Theresa Villiers (BBC-NI) that there would be no further investigation of the La Mon Restaurant bombing – in which 12 people died (WP) – or the Ballymurphy Massacre – in which 11 died (WP). Relatives of both sets of deceased were disappointed by the announcement, and on the Republican side, Gael Force Art in conjunction with Relatives For Justice took to Sliabh Dubh to promote the latter’s #Time4Truth campaign. Below is an already-existing board on the lower side of Springfield Road, painted by Risteard Ó Murchú, making the same demand.
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text: X01817 X01810 quinn mullan connolly teggart philips murphy mccarthy doherty laverty corr mckerr we demand the truth black mountain

Get The Real Story

2014-05-03 AdamsRealStory+
“Peacemaker, leader, visionary”. A new mural of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams was officially unveiled yesterday (Saturday, May 3rd, 2014), taking its place on the International Wall between the Local Volunteers mural and the current WBTA mural (and replacing the Falls Curfew mural). The second image, below, is of the Adams piece alone. The mural was quickly painted after Adams’s arrest on Wednesday evening (April 30th) after he went for questioning about the Jean McConville case (previously: Headstone); he was released today without charge. An earlier version of the mural (completed May 2) had the word “tout” spray-painted on it on the night of May 2nd-3rd, in the location where “ar aghaigh linn” now appears.
A sizable crowd turned out, as the launch served as a rally in support of Adams, featuring a statement by Martin McGuinness. As can be seen in the third image, below, of McGuinness and Martina Anderson, protesters at the unveiling/rally carried posters showing a picture of Adams with Nelson Mandela, between the words “Defend the peace process – Release Gerry Adams TD”. Video of the launch/rally from the BBC | images from the BelTel.
Here is the Getty Images photo on which the WBTA mural is based.
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The Right To Refuse To Kill

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Memorial stone to conscientious objectors in Tavistock Square, London. “To commemorate men and women conscientious objectors to military service all over the world and in every age. To all those who have established and are maintaining the right to refuse to kill. Their foresight and courage give us hope.” On one of the wreaths (close-up below): “When shall we ever learn.”
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Long Kesh At Night

2014-03-04 LongKeshMullen1+
The image above of Long Kesh/HMP Maze is by Michael Mullen. The piece is paint on board; the autographs of all of Mullen’s fellow inmates in Cage 18 are on the reverse. The work is in the Eileen Hickey Republican Museum on Conway Street.
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