Cui Cui

A budgie sings in overgrown Donegall Square (friends with a toucan and a dove) – work by STO (ig) next to restaurant 44 Hill Street.

Click to enlarge (to 1200 x 1600)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4.4, 1/640 ISO 80, full size 3672 x 4896

Click to enlarge (to 1200 x 1630)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f3.5, 1/320 ISO 400, full size 3480 x 4728

Click to enlarge (to 1600 x 1200)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4.4, 1/160 ISO 80, full size 4896 x 3672
X06786 X06785 X06787

End Apartheid

15 year-old Fian Gerald McAuley was the first member of the IRA to die in the Troubles. He was shot in Waterville Street by a loyalist sniper while helping people move from burned-out homes in Bombay Street, along which the “peace” line separating the Falls and Shankill now runs, overlooking the Clonard Memorial Garden, site of the service for the 50th anniversary of McAuley’s death. In the windows of a nearby house we also see a poster in support of Palestine and a Bobby Sands-Che Guevara hurl.

Click to enlarge (to 1600 x 1334)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f9, 1/160 ISO 80, full size  4404 x 3672

Click to enlarge (to full size)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/250 ISO 400, full size 2801 x 2217

Click to enlarge (to 2000 x 1314)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4.2, 1/250 ISO 80, full size 4896 x 3216
X06783 X06780 X06781

Gang Of Freaks

Seattle artist Ten Hundred (ig) joined Dublin’s Wee Nuls (ig) to paint the wall outside the yard behind the Sunflower in Union Street. Later on, Kev Largey and Nuala extended the piece to the left with three more freaks.

Click to enlarge (to 2000 x 1556)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity

Camera Settings: f4.5, 1/80 ISO 100, full size 4536 x 3528

Click to enlarge (to 2000 x 1538)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4.2, 1/800 ISO 80, full size 4776 x 3672

Click to enlarge (to 1600 x 1600)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity

Camera Settings: f5.3, 1/80 ISO 80, full size 3672 x 3672

Click to enlarge (to 1146 x 1500)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4.5, 1/80 ISO 125, full size 5616 x 3744

Click to enlarge (to 1750 x 1012)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f3.3, 1/200 ISO 80, full size 4896 x 2832

 

Click to enlarge (to 1400 x 1744)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4.6, 1/640 ISO 80, full size 3552 x 4764
X06783 X06780 X06781 X06779 X06782

Wall On Wall

The Berlin Wall fell in 1989 but dividing walls all over the world still stand. Kai Wiedenhöfer’s Wall On Wall exhibition comes to Belfast later in the month (the launch is September 27th at 4 pm), placing 10 images of dividing walls on Belfast’s own dividing wall, the Cupar Way “peace” line. Shown above is the image of the wall in Al Bayya (Baiyya) in the Al Rashid district, part of the 700 km of walls in Baghdad, Iraq (Browse Gallery). As usual, it has been vandalised by tourists and their patronising slogans (and political statements: “Hong Kong is part of China!”). Wiedenhöfer’s image of the Occupied Territories was on Free Derry Corner in 2013 (Derry Journal).

Click to enlarge (to 1200 x 1749)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/160 ISO 400, full size 3744 x 5456

Click to enlarge (to 1800 x 1027)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/125 ISO 200, full size 5616 x 3204

Click to enlarge (to 1800 x 1200)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/125 ISO 200, full size 5616 x 3744

Click to enlarge (to 1800 x 1200)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/200 ISO 400, full size 5616 x 3744
[X06788] X06792 X06790 X06789 X06791

The Chronicles Of A People

Republican Seán Murry’s great-grandfather was in the British Army and Orange Order and his family lived on the Shankill Road. One of his daughters married a Catholic and converted. The history of the family on both sides of the wall is also depicted Murray’s short video ‘The Wall‘. The poem is next to Clonard Remembers.
“From the burning ashes of a Clonard Street is where I trace my own. Not fifty yards across the wall, my blood runs blue as well. The red brick walls and darkened halls where secrets never met. For fear a neighbor lent his ear to something he’d regret.//
To the sharpened steel and concrete wall that separates our minds. Where the language of indifference knows never to be kind. The towering church that rang its bells in a panicked cry for help. Drew boys and girls in fearless hordes through the smell of burning felt.//
Near fifty years of blood and tears some said we’d never learn? To put the past behind us and embrace another world. But Belfast streets refuse to give its secrets of the past. With the unrelenting notion that the die’s already cast. //
My truth is mine and yours is yours, no need for compromise. When a monopoly of victims can hide a thousand and lies. When pain and years of suffering is just reserved for some. The one we leave behind us will not escape the gun.”

 

Click to enlarge (to 1800 x 1200)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/800 ISO 200, full size 3888 x 2592

Click to enlarge (to 1800 x 1200)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/640 ISO 200, full size 3888 x 2592

Click to enlarge (to 1800 x 1405)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f3.6, 1/320 ISO 80, full size 4704 x 3672
[X06752] X06753 X06754 X06751

Hoods Will Be Dealt With

AAD [Action Against Drugs] circulated lists of alleged drug dealers in north and west Belfast in July (Belfast Live), and in August members brandishing a gun and a club posed beside graffiti in the New Lodge urging residents to ‘take back their community’ (BelTel); there have also been attacks on the houses of alleged anti-social elements (BelTel). However, in much of the graffiti, such as the piece above threatening “drug dealers, hoods, and house breakers”, “AAD” has been scored out, indicating community dissatisfaction with the vigilantes.

Click to enlarge (to 1600 x 1200)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f3.3, 1/400 ISO 80, full size 4896 x 3672

Click to enlarge (to 2000 x 1500)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f3.4, 1/250 ISO 80, full size 4896 x 3672
X06769 X06771

Give Sectarianism The Boot

There have been various ‘give sectarianism the boot’ campaigns over the year. This one is not an appeal to bring players from both sides together using sport but criticism of Belfast City Council’s decision to remove a portacabin from the grounds of East Belfast FC (Fb | tw) due to lack of planning permission, as well as perceived inequality in funding compared to clubs in nationalist communities (Facebook).

Click to enlarge (to 2000 x 1500)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f3.7, 1/400 ISO 80, full size 4896 x 3672
X06775

Teach Ghráinne

“Óglach Tony ‘TC’ Campbell was shot dead by the British Army as he walked along Edlingham Street on February 4th 1973 as he returned home from celebrating his 19th birthday. TC was one [of] six New Lodge residents murdered which was later referred to as the “New Lodge Six Massacre. … Tony lived in 13D Artillery House [now Teach Ghráinne].” Campbell was hit 17 times (BBC).

“Óglach Seamus McCusker was murdered by members of the Workers Party [as part of the PIRA-OIRA feud] on this spot [New Lodge Road outside Artillery House] on the 31st October [1975]. At the time of Seamus’s killing he was on his way to deal with a local resident’s complaint.” McCusker was killed two days after the PIRA shot Robert Elliman in the Markets; a few hours after McCusker’s death, Tom Berry of the OIRA was killed in Short Strand.

Click to enlarge (to 1200 x 1600)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4.1, 1/200 ISO 80, full size 3672 x 4896
X06774

First Church

The First Presbyterian church in Rosemary Street dates back to 1783 but the congregation goes back to 1644. There are six stained glass windows around the pews, including this one on the teaching of First Corinthians 13:13: “And now abideth faith, hope and charity, but the greatest of these is charity.” The piece was produced in 1929 by Mayer Of Munich with patronage by Riddel. Two British Legion flags, laid by after forty years of use, are to the left.

Click to enlarge (to 2000 x 2204)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f3.4, 1/80 ISO 1000, full size 3060 x 3372
X06767

Clonard Remembers

“Is cuimhin linn.” Last week saw a series of events, organised by the Belfast 1969 Pogroms Commemoration Committee, in Clonard, Falls, and Ardoyne, including a photographic exhibition, documentary screenings, panel discussions, a play, a mass, and murals (Irish News), including The Pogrom Of August 1969 and the one above, in Bombay Street, which used to run between the Shankill and Falls but after the riots and burnings of August 1969 was split in two by a so-called “peace” line (see the wide shot, below).

“These are terrible days … but some good has already come from these attacks on our communities. You have young people and elderly people all closely knit together and that is a grand thing. We must not allow hatred to spring up in our hearts. For what we are aiming for now is justice. We demand justice. We are not begging for it – we are demanding it. It is our right and we will keep on demanding it until we get it. We don’t ask for anything more – just a fair deal … that we will soon have a community where everybody, irrespective of religious belief or irrespective of political ideology will be able to lead a normal life and will not be unjustly discriminated against.” – Fr Patrick Egan, sermon in Clonard Monastery, August 1969 (youtube).

Click to enlarge (to full size)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/250 ISO 100, full size 2385 x 2364

Click to enlarge (to full size)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/250 ISO 100, full size 2713 x 2585

Click to enlarge (to 1800 x 1200)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/320 ISO 200, full size 3888 x 2592

Click to enlarge (to full size)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/290 ISO 100, full size 2827 x 2561
X06748 Xo6749 X06750 X06746 [X06747] [X06751]