The Devil’s Handshake

Vintage graffiti in sandy Row – “Devils handsake means fuck all”.
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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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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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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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S/Row QS

Two pieces of UDA on the shop shutters on Sandy Row. Above, “S[andy]/Row – Quis Separabit” (who will separate us?) and “UDA”. See also: Wee Ruby’s from 2013.
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Rot In Hell, Martin

IRA volunteer and Sinn Féin politician Martin McGuinness died in March 2017 from amyloidosis (Guardian obituary). See also: Your A Scumbag, Martin McGuinness and The Bogside Butcher.
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Everyone’s Friend

South Belfast UDA commander Robert Dougan killed by the IRA on February 10th, 1998 while sitting in a car outside Balmoral Textiles in Dunmurry, two months before the Good Friday Agreement was signed. Ed Maloney summed up the situation at the time in a Sunday Tribune article. “A gentleman till the very end, he died as he lived, he was everyones friend.”
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How The Land Lies

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“UVF Land” graffiti in Sandy Row, itself graffitied out.
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The Hurricane

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Snooker player Alex “Hurricane” Higgins died on this day, July 24th, in 2010. He was inducted into the Snooker Hall of Fame in 2011 as (twice) winner of the World Snooker Championship, UK Championship, and (twice) Masters. Upon winning the 1982 World Championship, an emotional Higgins was joined on the floor by his wife Lynn Avison and (shown above) daughter Lauren.
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