Resurfacing

Here are three pieces of republican graffiti from Creggan, in various states of legibility: “Join IRA now!!!”, “End political policing now. INLA”, and “Hood’s [sic] will be shot”.
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South East Antrim Remembers

This new South East Antrim 2nd battalion UDA/UFF mural in Glengormley prominently uses poppies, usually seen in UVF murals on account of their shared name with the Ulster Volunteers of 1912 and WWI. Replaces They Live With Us.
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text: X04600 X04599 X04598 X04597 John Stewart queens ave rathcoole monkstown whitewell greenisland rathfern shore rd glengormley carrickfergus larne braidside whitehead ballymena antrim balltcarry ballyclare newtownards terrae filius quis separabit dedicated to the offices and volunteers of the 2nd battalion

Sports We Love

Whitehead artist Janet Crymble “designed & created this new collage in Ballyclare, featuring south Antrim sporting heroes past and present: Kyle McCallan, Steve McCooke, Paddy McNair, Jimmy Todd, Gary Longwell, Ronnie Lamont, Henry Turkington, William Cowan, William Thompson, Johnston Todd, Willie John McBride. John Reid from the NIHE – which sponsored the mural – has an image from the launch of local children posing with the piece.
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Bloody Sunday

Six of the dead on Bloody Sunday (January 31st, 1972) were from Creggan, and the funeral service for all 13 immediate victims took place in St Mary’s Chapel, at the bottom of Bishop’s Field; the board of photographs shown in today’s post are at the top, on Creggan Drive.
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1 July 1916 KIA

The 12th battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles was drawn from central Antrim towns such as Ballymena and Ballyclare. There is a web site and a Facebook page dedicated to the battalion. For more pictures of the Ballymena arch, see Cross And Crown.
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IRA

Here is another reproduction of a vintage Troubles image on a small board in London/-Derry/Doire, the well-known image of OIRA volunteer Joe McCann at Inglis bakery in the Markets in 1971.
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Cross And Crown

The ‘cross and crown’ is the emblem of the Royal Black Institution, an institution two years younger than the Orange Order; a list of local preceptories in District 6 (Ballyclare) is given in the first image below. To the left (in the image above) is the Square And Compasses, the symbol of the Freemasons.
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McCalmont Memorial

King Billy’s sword is tipped in blood, and he rides below a shamrock, rose, and thistle, uniting the kingdoms. Ballyclare Orange Hall is named after Hugh McCalmont, a major-general in the British Army Ulster Unionist MP for North Antrim in 1895. His Whiteabbey house was burned down by suffragettes in 1914 because it was used as a training ground by the UVF of the anti-franchise Carson.
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text: X04455 X04454 rashee rd

The Men From Ballyclare & District

On 20 August 1943, second pilot Sergeant John Erskine and the Liberator crew of seven others failed to return from a convoy patrol of the west of Ireland (59 Squadron). Erksine and 28 others from WWII (and one from the Korean War) are commemorated in a new mural in Erskine Park, Ballyclare. It’s not known if the street name is connected to Sergeant John.
The soldier in the centre of the mural wears the emblem of the Royal Ulster Rifles, Parachute Regiment on his cap. William Johnston 7018189 and George Williamson 7022501 are listed (on the right) as riflemen in airborne battalions of the RUR, but this appears to be a reproduction of an original painting of an RUR major.
Like the WWI Ballyclare & District mural, the UDA are on the side wall – see the wide shot, below.
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text: X04450 X04453 lest we forget in honoured memory life or service

I May Be Homeless But I’m Human Too

An pedestrian walks across chalk writing and drawings in Dublin’s O’Connell Street, oblivious to its message asking for help and respect. “I may be homeless but Im human too, once I had a family and home like you, people judge me and look down, please help me get a bed tonight, where I will be safe and sound.”
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