Sure It’s Good To Talk

Superheroes Hulk, Captain America, Superman, Spiderman, and Wonder Woman fight isolation and depression by passing out the phone number for the Suicide Awareness And Support Group (90239967) and encouraging people to check on each other in Glenbawn.
The wide shot (third) includes the sporting mural seen previously in Hoops, Stripes & Rings. These murals replace a 2005 piece around casts of local children’s hands – the casts have been retained.
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Hoops, Stripes, Rings

Lisburn boxer James “The Assassin” Tennyson, current Irish super-featherweight champion, (BoxRec | tw) provides the centre-piece between soccer and gaelic games in this Glenbawn mural: on the left, the Celtic Boys Club (tw | web), established 1983) and Gaelic games club Seán Uí Mhistéil (web | Fb) originally formed in the New Lodge in 1899.
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text: X04728 glenbawn ave

Lifeline

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In the background, an RNU suicide awareness stencil (with tricoloured sunbursts) – “RNU support the promotion of suicide awareness in the Colin area”; in the foreground, a Sinn Féin poster – “Respect for all – marriage equality now!” At the pedestrian entrance to Old Colin.
(And to the left, a broken End Torture board can be seen.)
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Twinbrook Rebuilds

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The Twinbrook Road shops have been moved out to the edge of the street and the murals that were on the old shops are now gone or obscured, including the long wall of hunger-striker portraits had been updated annually since 2006. That mural has been condensed into a new, printed, image, placed on the side of the shops facing the Stewartstown Road. As before, it shows blanketmen Freddie Toal and Hugh Rooney, Sands, and three volunteers firing a volley of shots, with the portraits of the strikers who died in the 70s and 80s along the bottom.
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text: X03304 X03303 twinbrook rd colin commemoration committee stagg gaughan sands mcdonnell hurson lynch doherty devine mcilwee o’hara hughes mccreesh

Provisionals

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This vintage piece of graffiti, “Provisionals”, is on the side of a house in Twinbrook’s Gardenmore Road.
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An Raibh Tú Ag An gCarraig?

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“Were you at the rock?” A red-headed lass with a horn stands watch for others at a mass rock – a stone in a remote location for Catholic worship, made necessary by a Penal law of 1695 which forbade the religious practice of Catholicism and “dissenter” forms of Protestantism (that is, anything other than Anglicism) (source). The harp, with a “cap of liberty” rather than a crown (WP), together the slogan “Equality – It is new strung and it shall be heard” is the emblem of the Society of United Irishmen (WP). On the other side of the mural (seen below) linen lies in the fields bleaching and a farmer and wife plough the land with a team of horses and distribute seed.
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text: X02583 X02582 irish harp priest buckle shows welcome to glenbawn fáilte go gleann bán painted by Eithne Kane

People Of The Colin Area

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Mural to Gerard Fennell, John Rooney, Bobby Sands, and Frankie Ryan, IRA volunteers from the Twinbrook and Poleglass areas who died between 1974 and 1991 (Ryan). The mural is visible to drivers on the Stewartstown Road. Painted by Risteard O’Murchu.
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text: X01451 oglaigh na héireann always remembered by the people belfast brigade

Hunger Strikers

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“Remember the Hunger Strikers – 32nd Anniversary”. Twinbrook memorial to the hunger strikers of 1981, updated annually. Bobby Sands, featured on the right, and who lived a stones-throw away from this mural, was the first to die, on May 5th. Seen previously in 2008.
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Béirigí Bua

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A new, computer designed and printed board in Twinbrook/Cill Uaighe, with paint lettering below, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Gibraltar killings and subsequent attack on the funeral in Milltown cemetery (for which see also 25 Years – Complete and In Progress).
One of the twin brooks is Colin Burn, which runs through the Colin Glen forest park; Cill Uaighe is reflected in the name of the nearby Kilwee industrial estate. Strictly speaking, this piece is ‘beyond Belfast’, as Poleglass and Twinbrook are under the jurisdiction of Lisburn City Council.
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text: X02322 remembering the tragic events surrounding the unlawful execution of ira volunteers in gibralter by the sas on the 6th march 1988, the shooting of vol. kevin mccracken in the defence of the community, the murderous attack on the gibraltar funeral by a british state sponsored assassin and killing of mourners john murray thomas mcerlean vol. caoimhín mac brádaigh sean savage mairead farrell dan mccann, i ndíl chuimhne, always remembered with pride by the people of the colin area