More Blacks, More Gays, More Irish

The old shop-window sign of the Irish experience in England “No blacks, no Irish, [no dogs]” is repurposed and reclaimed positively by the RNU in the Colin area, with the rainbow flag, Irish tricolour, and Nelson Mandela (alongside James Connolly) below the skyline of Belfast. For the original, see previously Oppose Racism | No Dogs, No POWs

Click and click again to enlarge (to 900 x 1200)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.4, 1/60, ISO 25, full size 3024 x 4032

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.4, 1/60, ISO 16, full size 4032 x 3024
X08464 X08465 pantridge rd

Lee “Scratch” Perry

Jamaican musician and producer Lee “Scratch” Perry died on August 29th after more than 60 years in the music business. The tribute is by Conor McClure (ig) for HTN2021 at the Sunflower. “Take your time – dig it, man”

Click and click again to enlarge (to 900 x 1200)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4.5, 1/125, ISO 80, full size 4896 x 3264
X08472

Victory To The Republican Prisoners

Victory to the republican political prisoners from across the ages – “H-Block to Maghaberry” – but also from Ireland to Palestine.

Click and click again to enlarge (to 900 x 1200)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f1.8, 1/685, ISO 20, full size 3024 x 4032
X08482 strabane

Lifford Remembers The Hunger Strikers

“Fuair siad bás ar son saoirse na hÉireann” [they died for Ireland’s freedom] Although it’s the 40th anniversary of the 1981 hunger strike, this Lifford (Co. Donegal) board includes Michael Gaughan and Frank Stagg who died in English prisons in the 1970s.

If you can explain the flag in the centre, please get in touch. The wide shot, below, includes a call to rally for 100% Redress, No Less.

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 852)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.4, 1/800, ISO 16, full size 4032 x 3024

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1300 x 614)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.4, 1/1548, ISO 16, full size 4032 x 1904
X08446 X08447

The Lion And The Elk

The Northern Ireland government’s coat of arms was approved for use in 1924, three years after the government was established. Its “supporters” – the red lion of Scotland and an Irish elk, carrying (respectively) Irish harp and De Burgh flags, and standing on a grassy mound with flax plants – were added later.

This mural celebrating the centenary of Northern Ireland’s creation, in the Woodburn estate, Carrickfergus, accurately shows the Tudor crown on the arms, as was used at the time of creation and prior to the Edwardian crown (WP).

For a similar design, see Defending Freedom From Hate in Highfield.

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1140 x 1002)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f1.8, 1/774, ISO 20, full size 3440 x 3024

Click and click again to enlarge (to 900 x 1200)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.4, 1/372, ISO 16, full size 3024 x 4032
X08412 X08411

Think Outdoor This Summer

Protesters from Donegal were (again) in Dublin on Friday (Journal.ie), pressing their claims for “100% redress – no less” for the cost of repairing houses that were built from faulty concrete blocks that are now cracked and crumbling because of an excessive amount of mica (17% as opposed to the prescribed limit of 1%). Leinster home-owners experiencing similar problems with pyrite were awarded 100% redress but the current scheme for the 5,000+ mica-affected homes in Donegal and Mayo offers only 90% of the cost of repairs (Irish Times) – hence the slogan “parity with pyrite”. Some homes, in Mayo, are currently affected by pyrite (Irish Times).

The stickers shown here are asking for support from Dublin residents. (Previously: support on Free Derry Corner.) They were presumably mounted by Paddy Diver, who is driving traffic to the Mica Action Group.

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4, 1/166, ISO 20, full size 4032 x 3024

Click and click again to enlarge (to 900 x 1200)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4, 1/120, ISO 40, full size 3024 x 4032

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4, 1/120, ISO 50, full size 4032 x 3024
X08376 X08375 [X08374] X08373

Village Green Preservation Society

Part of the most recent development of the upper streets in the Village was not to rebuild the two rows on houses on Ebor and Nubia/Moltke streets and in their place construct a park – the Village Green – and playground. This new board on the outside railings make the park a “community park of remembrance” for WWI, showing an Ulster Banner with a Union Flag in the canton. There was formerly on this site an image of Thiepval Tower and a UVF stone.

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 1050)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.4, 1/350, ISO 16, full size 3456 x 3024

Click and click again to enlarge (to 900 x 1200)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4, 1/186, ISO 20, full size 3024 x 4032
X08437 X08436

EU Hands Off Ulster

A late addition to the placards from Unionists Against NI Protocol (Fb) in the Village area of Belfast: EU – hands off Ulster, beneath an Israeli flag. Previously: How Is Freedom Measured? | There Is No Union Without NI | We Continue The Fight

Also Belfast Agreement Null And Void | Markethill Stands Up | Still Anti-GFA

Click and click again to enlarge (to 900 x 1200)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.4, 1/558, ISO 16, full size 4896 x 3672
X08435 Tavanagh St

Guiding Light

“This site housed the former Mid Donegall Road Bonfire for over two decades, until the expansion and development of the surrounding area including the City Hospital meant that it was no longer viable for a bonfire to remain on this site. Greater Village Regeneration Trust, through its work with The Health Trust, who own the site, and the local community, including the local bonfire builders wanted to have something on the site that could benefit the whole community and agreement was given for it to be transformed into the garden that is here today. Local Artist Johnny [sic] McKerr worked alongside Greater Village Regeneration Trust and the local community and this artwork was designed to depict and celebrate the heritage, history and culture which the people of this area are extremely proud of.”

The info board includes a photograph of the bonfire spilling out towards the car-park for the City. The other image is a photograph from the Peter Moloney Collection, used without permission, and photoshopped to add “DRL” – Donegall Road Loyalists.

According to Eddie Kelly of the GVRT, Carrickfergus castle is included because “This is where King William landed, and the annual bonfire is a symbol of a beacon lit across the coast to guide him” (Belfast Live).

Painted by JMK/Jonny McKerr (tw) at Coolfin St on Donegall Rd.

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 926)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f2.4, 1/500, ISO 16, full size 3920 x 3024

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1000 x 1014)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f1.8, 1/750, ISO 20, full size 2971 x 3013

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f1.8, 1/1845, ISO 20, full size 4032 x 3024
X08425 X08426 X08424

Unrepentant Republicans

These two new boards along the Falls Road were mounted by Belfast RNU (tw), commemorating the actions of Billy McKee, Alec Murphy, and Brendan Hughes in 1969 at the onset of the Troubles, and of Máire Drumm and “the brave women of Belfast who stood up against the might of the British” in bringing the Falls Curfew to an end. (This board was previously a mural on Divis Street.)

McKee and Hughes are profiled in a D Company mural in the number one spot of the International Wall. Murphy died in 2019 “unrepentant” of his republicanism (which was prompted by the Falls Curfew) and in particular his conviction along with Harry Maguire for the Corporal Killings (Irish News | BelTel). For a personal obituary, see The Pensive Quill.

For the plaque and board to the left of the wide shot below, see The Falls Road Massacre.

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 1090)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f1.8, 1/1116, ISO 20, full size 3328 x 3024

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f1.8, 1/906, ISO 20, full size 4032 x 3024

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1200 x 900)
Copyright © 2021 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f1.8, 1/1066, ISO 20, full size 4032 x 3024
X08366 X08364 [X08365] X08367 launched June 17, 2021