Loyalist Ballymacash

Ballymacash estate, now part of Lisburn, was once a village around the location of Drayne’s Farm, with a school at the junction of Glenavy, Brokerstown, Ballymacash, and Nettlehill roads. Lisburn.com has a history of the area. Today it is famous for its enormous 11th night bonfire (see Ballymacash Bonfire (also Skull & Crossbones | Death & Life).
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Pride Of Ballymacash

The Pride Of Ballymacash flute band, formed in 2011 from the Pride Of Prince William (bottom left) and Ballymacash Young Conquerors (bottom right), uses the emblem of the 36th (Ulster) Division, in the centre of the mural. In the background on the left is the Thiepval Memorial and, on the right, the UDR memorial statue in Market Square, Lisburn. To the left (in the second image) is a UDA plaque “In memory of fallen comrades Ballymacash B coy D battaltion, South Belfast Brigade. Quis separabit.” For a close-up of the memorial on the ground, see Death & Life.
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Death & Life

The skull-and-crossbones is the emblem of the Ballymacash Young Conquerors, which merged with the Pride Of Prince William in 2011 to form the Pride Of Ballymacash. (Fb)  The symbol is a potent one, however, and still used by the new band in addition to its own. In the mural in its memorial garden, it is surrounded by poppies, thistles, and orange lilies. If you know the name of the young man in the memorial display (second image), please comment/get in touch.
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Guard Bear

The Milltown bonfire will be lit tonight during “11th night” celebrations. It’s not clear if the teddy-bear who was on guard last week goes with it.
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Skull And Crossbones

The skull and crossbones was the emblem of the Ballymacash Young Conquerors flute band in Lisburn, and it is still used by members of the new band, the Pride Of Ballymacash (Fb).
For close-ups of the bonfire in the background of the second image, see Ballymacash Bonfire.
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Ballymacash Bonfire

The bonfire in Ballymacash, Lisburn, is big and getting bigger in recent years, and generating some controversy (e.g. 2015 BelTel | 2017 BelTel) which is perhaps the reason for the “No shooting – police notified” sign in the final image. This year is no exception, as today’s images make clear. The third shows that the pyre can be seen over the tops of the houses. Here is drone footage of the 2017 bonfire.
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The Eye Of Horus

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Here is an unusual Eye Of Horus, in that it is placed within a triangle, reminiscent of the All-Seeing Eye Of Providence – a combination of Egyptian and Christian mythologies. The sign is next to the Lagan Towpath in the Hilden area of Lisburn.
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Ye Must Be Born Again

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Religious sign next to the stone bridge where the Tullynacross Road crosses the Lagan.
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You Know Where

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Whatever you say, say nothing
When you talk about you-know-what.
For if you-know-who could hear you
You know what you’d get –
They’d take you off to you-know-where

– Colum Sands “Whatever You Say, Say Nothing”

This is an older photograph, from 2005, of the outer fences of Long Kesh/the H Blocks/Her Majesty’s Prison Maze.


(Makem & Clancy also do a version)

Colum Sands’ song (1981) is pre-dated by Seamus Heaney’s 1975 poem of the same name, from the collection North. “This morning from a dewy motorway
I saw the new camp for the internees …”

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