Big Henry

Gareth “Big Henry” Morrison was a drummer in the Ulster First Flute band in Sandy Row and a Rangers supporter. He died at age 26 on June 23rd, 2013 from a dose of PMA (BelTel), one of eight such deaths in Northern Ireland and seven in western Scotland. (1997 image of a UFFB mural in Linfield Road.)
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The Somme 1st July 1916

The Young Citizen Volunteers began as a civic organisation and domestic reserve force in 1912 but by the time of the first World War had become a battalion of the Ulster Volunteers and went to the Western Front as the fourteenth battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles, part of the 36th (Ulster) Division, landing at Boulogne in October, 1915. The force was mainly Protestant but History Hub Ulster has a page on the 42 Ulster Catholics who served in the 14th (YCV) RIR.
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A Little Part Of Belfast

Sandy Row is “steeped in 400 years of tradition”, according to Historic Sandy Row (and sister site Sandy Row Community Forum which has developed a “growth strategy” for the area). Some of that history is presented at the junction with Hope Street, one each for Buildings & Housing, People, Industry, Culture, and History.
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Belfast Rangers Friends Of The Somme

British Army soldiers from four streets are commemorated in a plaque in Barrington Gardens. All four streets – Abingdon, Barrington, Colchester, and Dorchester – have changed their names or disappeared entirely (Dorchester) since 1914. “Erected by 1st Belfast Rangers Friends Of The Somme Society” – the supporters club is right next door.
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Que Sera Sera

Ross Wilson’s statue ‘Mother – Daughter – Sister’ was launched in 2015 (Art Council NI), two years after his King William mural which towers over it (see final image). “This sculpture celebrates the female cultural identity of Sandy Row and the generational contribution women have made to this community both in the family and workplace.” With a verse from the Doris Day song ‘Que Sera Sera’ from Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much.
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Sandy Row Remembers

“‘A’ Battalion Sandy Row remembers” fellow members of the South Belfast Brigade. The use of poppies in UDA murals is unusual, as it is the Ulster Volunteer Force that shares its name with the Ulster Volunteers who fought in WWI as the 36th (Ulster) Brigade.
This new Sandy Row mural is next to the tiles on the David Scott Tile Refinery.
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Grey, Red, Yellow

A little too much detail to be a Rothko.
Today’s two posts are two in a (very infrequent) series of ‘accidental fine art’. See previously Composition With Orange, Bathroom Tile, And Dolphin Wallpaper | Composition With Electical Cable And Shadow Of Power Line.
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Portraits Of The Market

Artist Raymond Henshaw undertook a series of six collages of photographs of the Markets area of south Belfast (in 2008): Social, Bars, Industry, Social History, Sport & Culture, and – shown in today’s post – Portraits of locals, such as snooker player “Joe Swales” (Joe Swail) and familiar buildings, such as Loughran’s Shop. The boards were part of the 2008 re-imaging campaign and sponsored by the Arts Council.
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Tread Softly Because You Tread On My Dreams

A line from WB Yeats’s The Cloths Of Heaven in (loyalist) south Belfast: “I have spread my dreams under your feet – Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
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At Play In The Row

The children’s mural in Boyne Court (off Sandy Row) is still hanging on, though quite faded and with about half the panels missing. This one shows children playing on a lamp-post swing in the middle of the street.
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