We Won’t Have Carson

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The history-of-republicanism mural now taking up the majority of the International Wall is not without controversy among republicans. One point of contention is the inclusion of Edward Carson’s portrait and the related scene of the Larne gun-running. Carson was leader of the Irish Unionist Alliance, campaigner against Home Rule, and founder of the Ulster Volunteers. 25,000 guns and more than 3 million rounds of ammunition were smuggled ashore at Larne, Donaghadee, and Bangor (see the second image for a sketch and the bottom two images for the completed scene). The formation of the UVF drew a counter-reaction in the formation of the Irish Volunteers, and membership was spurred on by the Larne gun-running. (See the third image.)
Carson’s image was originally paint-bombed in March (BMGBelTel) and then again in April when “loose talk” posters were also added (Irish News). (For Loose Talk posters over the Otegi mural, see Loose-Talk Costs Lives.) For the launch on August 3rd, the posters were removed but the paint-bombing was not fixed. The image above is from June, 2016. (More information below …)
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Grid for the gun-running scene; image from March 2016. It is based on a drawing from the Illustrated London News, which can be seen in this RTÉ article on the gunrunning. About 600 cars were used in the operation, perhaps the first large-scale use of motorised vehicles.
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A newsboy carries a paper announcing the burgeoning Irish Volunteers. The headline portrayed was later changed, as can be seen in the final image below and as will be described in a later post.
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The first part of wall at the end of March, before the addition of the ‘loose talk’ posters over Carson’s face.
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The panel as it appears in August; the removal of the posters tore away some of the paint around Carson’s face.
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A late August repaint makes Carson’s forehead protrude and the fingers of his hand are curled up. A Fáilte Feirste Thiar/Welcome To West Belfast panel has been added. (Presumably this does not apply to the weapons being smuggled in as part of the gun-running.)
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From London Illustrated News 1914-05-02
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