Free T Taylor

RNU member Tony Taylor was jailed for three years in 2011 for possession of a rifle and had his early release license revoked in 2016 and returned to Maghaberry. Over the last month, both Sinn Féin and SDLP politicians in Belfast and London-/Derry have called for him to be either charged or released, alleging that his detention is contrary to section 6 of the Human Rights Act (Irish News | Derry Now | Derry Now). Gael Force Art (Fb) took to Sliabh Dubh/Black Mountain to highlight the case.
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Church & State

Henry VIII had himself declared head of the church in 1531 and the English monarch has retained this title since then (with the exception of Mary I who briefly restored the Pope and Catholicism). England has “no superior under God, but only your Grace” (Act Concerning Peter’s Pence). The current holder of both crown and office is Queen (“R” for “regina”) Elizabeth II. Shown today is another celebration of the 500th anniversary of “Pro-Testant Reformation” in Tigers Bay, next to the workers of WWI mural.
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Bunscoil Croí Sácráilte

Fáilte go dtí bunscoil Croí Sácráilte (Welcome to Sacred Heart primary school). Three school-children are shown in Cliftonville soccer and Antrim hurling strips, as well as in the school’s black uniform.
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Pro-Testant Reformation

October 31st, 1517 is the date given by Philip Melanchthon (there is disagreement – WP) for Martin Luther posting his 95 theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, thus launching what would later be called the “protestant” reformation of the Catholic church. The word “protestant” comes from two Latin roots, meaning to publicly (pro-) assert or bear witness (testari).
For the original mural, see Return To Loyalist Tigers Bay; for “Vote Leave” on top, see Brits Out! and for the insignia to the left, see Your Kingdom Will Endure Forever.
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Ard Mhacha

Armagh were All-Ireland Senior Football champions in 2002, beating Kerry by 1-12 to 14 points – their first and (so far) only All-Ireland.
For the Ryan Burnett board to the right in the wide shot, see Undisputed Champion.
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Undisputed Champion

Belfast’s Ryan Burnett is IBF bantamweight world champion. What was initially given as a split decision was later corrected to unanimous due to a judge mixing up the boxers on his card (Telegraph). The mural above, by Glen Molloy, is on Cassidy’s on the Antrim Road, near Bearnageeha where Burnett (and Paddy Barnes) went to school.
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Prepare To Roar!

Sacred Heart Boxing Academy was housed in the parochial hall (shown in the middle of the mural) before closing perhaps because of safety concerns and/or debt. Above is a shot of the main panel in its entirety (close-ups were featured yesterday (Sacred Heart Boxing Academy). The panel on the far right in the wide shot, below, was featured the day before that (Belfast Boxers).
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Sacred Heart Boxing Academy

 

Here are close-up shots of the main panel in the new Sacred Heart Boxing Academy mural. You can try to identify the boxers in the mural by comparing them to the archive of images on the club’s Facebook page (or you can have Eamon McAuley tell you them).

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Belfast Boxers

Belfast Boxers (Tw | web) is a non-profit group promoting boxing in the city. Its logo is included in a new mural in the Bone celebrating Belfast boxing and specifically the old Sacred Heart Boxing Academy – as we’ll see in tomorrow’s post.
Replaces the Rory Donnelly mural Hat Trick.
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LA’s Walk Of Fame

Holy Cross Girls’ Primary is a Catholic school within the loyalist enclave of Glenbryn in upper Ardoyne. Although it is in the style of the Los Angeles Dodgers (baseball team) “LA” in this case stands for “loyalist Ardoyne”. The school was the site of some extraordinary scenes during 2001 as police and army formed a cordon against local protesters so that children could reach the school. (See It’s Black And White.)
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