Fight For Your Rights

The UK general election takes place Thursday week (June 8th). Here are two Sinn Féin boards, both at the junction of the Falls and Glen Roads (site of the former Andersonstown police station), the first featuring the image of Michelle O’Neill and exhorting people to “register to vote now!” (Claragh chun vótáil anois) and the second a quote from Gerry Adams’s oration at the graveside of Martin McGuinness: “If you want freedom, go out and take it. Organise. Mobilise. Unite for rights” (Más saoirse atá uait, gabh amach agus beir greim uirthi. Eagraigh, gríosaigh, troid ar son do chearta.)
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It’s OK To Talk

Fifteen football teams from west and north Belfast are involved in a new Suicide Awareness and Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI) in order to combat a recent increase in suicides, including two players from Belfast Celtic (BBC).
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Free Marwan Barghouti

Palestinian leader and secretary-general of Fatah during the 90s, Marwan Barghouti joined the Second Intifada (2000) and was arrested by Israeli forces in 2002 and sentenced to five life sentences for attacks by al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades. Barghouti laid out the rationale for the current hunger strike of 1,000 prisoner in a New York Times op-ed. He was reportedly caught eating in May.
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Child Soldiers

Sean Ó Riordan was aged 13 when “killed in action by British crown forces” on 23rd March 1972 and he is buried in Milltown cemetery. The 1977 Protocol I of the Geneva Convention would later prohibit conscription of children younger than 15 but allow for their voluntary participation. It is thus notable that this new board to Fiann [sic] Seán Ó Riordan was “erected by the family”.
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Our Ma Says

“Ourma says if you stick t’herown diet of landandairy prod you’ll be firmanna an’trim down.” All six counties are included, alongside a variety of vintage advertisements from the late 1800s and early 1900s: Mew’s brewery (Isle of Wight), Lloyd & Yorath’s stout (Newport, Wales), Hall’s paints (Hull), Batey’s ginger beer (London), Campbell & Menzies’s shipments of Oporto wines, Gilbey’s wines, Gold Flake tobacco (in both English and Irish: Sásuíonn siad!).
For the pieces below, see Conflict Tourism and Game Of Throats.
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text: X04131  Alderman James McKinney, high sheriff of Belfast in 1930 gerry fitt

Faugh A Ballagh

“Faugh a ballagh” (Clear the way) was the motto of the Royal Irish Fusiliers (and then of the Royal Irish Rangers and currently of the Royal Irish Regiment). The Fusiliers served on the western front during WWI – the first and ninth battalions serving in the 36th (Ulster) Division – and the 3rd battalion helped put down the Easter Rising in 1916. Its coat of arm are one of four panels along with the 36th, the Royal Irish Rifles, and the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
The Thiepval Memorial, the Cross of Sacrifice, and the Ulster Tower are pictured in the bottom left.
For the large upper board, see So Many; for the one in the bottom right, see Repaying Their Memory.
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text: X04010 willowfield charge from thiepval wood “Never before was a debt owed to so few by so many. Generation after generation owe them everything. Lest we forget.” faugh a ballagh nec aspera terrant terrent quis separabit

Bangor Protestant Boys

Here are two wide shots of a long wall from the Bangor Protestant Boys Flute Band (Fb). Many of the panels are related to WWI. For the Somme panel on the left, see Ulster Volunteers; for three of the flags on the right, see North Down Battalion. Right of centre is an emblem for the band itself: the lion and the unicorn on either side of cross rifles and the red hand of Ulster on an oval.
For the previous (mural) version, see Bangor Protestant Boys.
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Ulster Volunteers

This is another part of a long ‘Bangor Protestant Boys Flute Band’ wall in Kilcooley: the shield of the 36th (Ulster) Division – the Union flag and Irish harp above a red hand on a field of shamrocks – on a garland of orange poppies and WWI battlefields on a purple ribbon – orange and purple being the colours of the Ulster Volunteers.
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Pro

Amateur World and European champion Michael Conlan fought – and won – his first professional fight on St. Patrick’s Day, 2017 in New York. Glen Molloy (Fb | Inst) brings his distinctive style to the pugilist’s portrait.
For the mural celebrating Conlan’s 2012 Olympic medal, see Green, White And Bronze.
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North Down Battalion

Recruiting for the UVF in Down was so successful that it was divided into four areas (North, South, East, and West), each with a battalion, and the North down battalion comprised 13 companies (History Ireland). The Down battalions became the 13th battalion of the (108th Brigade) Royal Irish Rifles in WWI. The YCV (Young Citizen Volunteers) was formed separately (in 1912) but joined the UVF in May 1914, before becoming the (109th Brigade) 14th battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when the war broke out (WP). Both began their campaigns at Boulogne-Sur-Mer in October, 1915 (WP).
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