Breakout

Work by emic (Eoin McGinn Fb | Web |Tw) in south Belfast with some of the 3-D brickwork seen previously in Seeing Things. There are even colour patches on the inside of the open electrical box.
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Hong Ling Gardens

Cromac Wood Court is home to a housing development – Hong Ling Gardens – aimed at Chinese people over 55. The street sign is thus in English, Chinese, and – because we’re in the Markets area – Irish.
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The Sons Of Ulster

The Ulster Tower at Thiepval “is dedicated to the glory of God in grateful memory of the officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of the 36th (Ulster) Division and of the sons of Ulster in other forces who laid down their lives in the Great War, and of all their comrades-in-arms who, by divine grace, were spared to testify to their glorious deeds.” The boards are next to Warszawiacy Berlinowi.
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A Hive Of Glass

The Ulster banner with “Village – No surrender” in (UVF) orange-on-purple.
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Jesus Is Lord Of All

Religious vandalism, putting Jesus above “club and country” and loyalist paramilitarism, in south Belfast.
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Tragedy At Ballykissane

One of the first casualties of the Easter Rising, on the evening of Good Friday, was Belfast-born Charles Monahan (Charlie Monahan, Cathal Ó Monacháin/Ó Muineacháin), who died along with Con Keating and Daniel Sheehan in a motor accident in Kerry, when their car – which only had one headlamp (see image #3) – was driven off a pier. His body was not found until October 30th. The driver, Tommy McInerney – shown here studying a map – survived. This mural is in the Markets; Monahan is also claimed by east Belfast and a 2006 mural to him survives to this day on Mountpottinger Road.
“Born in Riley[‘s] Place in the Market area of Belfast, Charles was one of many people who left Belfast to take part in the events leading up to the Easter Rising. Charles[‘s] role was to meet up with 3 other vols and help guide Roger Casement land a ship full of weapons. On the 21st April, 1916, the driver took the wrong road and drove off the pier into the Laune at Ballykissane. Charles, 37, drowned along with two of his comrades.”
For more Roger Casement murals, click here.
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text: X04178 X04180 X04179 X04181 Stanfield St Banna Strand Irish Volunteers 2nd battalion Dublin Brigade Irish Republican Brotherhood IRB

PSNI Scum

Two pieces of Village graffiti with the same message: “Stay out PSNI scum” and “Out to fuck PSNI scum”.
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Continuing Conflicts

Two more panels and a wide shot of the memorial garden in Frenchpark Street. Above is a verse from John McCrea’s In Flanders Fields. Below is a plaque “to the memory of all those Ulster men and women from the south Belfast area who died during the great wars 1914-18 and 1939-45, and to all those who have lost their lives during the recent troubles and continuing conflicts.”
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They Gave A Lifetime

Here is another pair of combined UVF memorial stones – from both WWI and the modern conflict. Above, the fallen comrades of 2nd battalion South Belfast are remembered by their fellow officers and volunteers in the Village’s B Company; below, the garden is dedicated to the “glory of God” in memory of the “sons of Ulster” by “all of their comrades in arms who, by divine grace, were spared to testify to their glorious deeds.” (BelTel article on the inclusion of modern-day UVF.)
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Radomska Patologia

Polish-language graffiti in the Village (south Belfast) – Radomski Patologia (Radom Pathology, Radom is a city in Poland) – below blacked-out graffiti about a paedophile.
On the side wall, “House breakers beware”. (See previously: Romanian Housebreakers Beware)
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