Ireland’s Hunger Strike Martyrs

Two Saoradh (web) boards in Dungannon. The first (above) commemorates republican hunger strikers beginning with Thomas Ashe in 1917 and the Cork trio of Terrence McSwiney, Michael Fitzgerald, and Joe Murphy in 1920. (For a list of all 22, see RSF.) The second (below) calls on local people not to co-operate with the police or with British military or intelligence: “People Should Not Inform”.

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Byrne Out, Foster Out

Arlene Foster yesterday repeated her demand that the Chief Constable of the PSNI Simon Byrne resign over the DPP’s decision not to pursue any prosecutions in connection with the Bobby Storey funeral (BelTel). Residents of the Fountain in Londonderry – in a stencil painted before the current rioting – want both of them to step down.

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A Vision Of A Better Belfast

This is the latest iteration of the “Build Homes Now” mural in Northumberland Street, with an update to the central panel. Previously it was a space for visitors to sign their names in support but now it is a quote from (presumably) someone living in temporary accommodation: “When you’re in a hostel for so long, it starts to feel like a jail. It’s just so irritating and frustrating.”

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And The Cry Was “No Irish Sea Border”

Tullyally expressing its discontent with the Northern Ireland Protocol included in Brexit.

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Fáilte Go Cabhsa Almóinne

The new Bobby Sands mural is not the only recent addition in Twinbrook. Almond – the middle of the estate – has a ‘before and after’ of the pandemic: on the left, locals sit out in the street watching children play; on the right, frontline personnel.

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We’re Back

Rangers’s season doesn’t end until May 15th but they have already clinched the Scottish League title. This gives their fans plenty of time to celebrate. This display is from Glenbryn. See previously: F*ck Your Ten In A Row | Respect, Heritage, Culture.

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Loyalist Ardoyne Says No

“Loyalist Ardoyne says no to Irish Sea border”. ‘Loyalist Ardoyne’ is the Glenbryn area.

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SRYL

On Dublin Road, on the shutters of what was The Teapot: “No ISB [Irish Sea Border] – SRYL [Sandy Row Young Loyalists, presumably, though there is no trace of this group on-line]” with the target symbol, threatening violence.

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Respect, Heritage, Culture

This year – 2021 – is the centenary of the creation of Northern Ireland and the year in which Scottish football club Glasgow Rangers won their 55th league title. Support for the club is widespread among the PUL community in Northern Ireland; local soccer and the international team is overseen by the IFA.

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Victory To The NHS

“Almond Drive [Twinbrook] supports front line workers.” “Victory to the NHS” in the fight against coronavirus and Covid-19, rather than “Victory to the Provos“.

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