Orange Memorial Hall

The foundation stone for North Belfast Memorial Hall (Fb) was laid by Edward Carson in 1923 (Fb) to a plan by Gabriel Porte. Here is the facade in brilliant sunshine, with a banner in support of NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic. “Thank you to all our NHS staff and essential workers from the local Orange family together fighting Covid-19.”

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Gloria Ab Intus

The funeral of 14 year-old teenager and St Malachy’s College student Noah Donohoe takes place today (Wednesday July 1st). His body was found in a north Belfast storm drain on Saturday, 6 days after he left his south Belfast home and was seen cycling in the York Road area. His disappearance sparked a massive search aided by the volunteers from the public and confirmation of his death was marked by vigils at Grove Park and St Malachy’s (Belfast) and in Strabane (Irish Times). The floral tributes shown here are on the gates of St Malachy’s which his cortège will pass after the service. The College posted a glowing tribute to Noah on its instagram page.

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Pro Tanto Quid Retribuamus

“Pro tanto quid retribuamus” [What shall we give in return for so much] is the motto of Belfast, included in the coat of arms shown above and newly appropriate in the coronavirus pandemic.  “Thank you to all our NHS staff and essential workers from the local Orange family. Together fighting Covid-19.” The banner is on the Clifton Street hall; King William III bestrides both horse and building.

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Everything Is Going To Be OK

Sylvester’s (Fb | tw) on the Antrim Road at the Waterworks had its shutters painted with a positive message during the Coronavirus epidemic. “Stay safe”.

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Leave Our Kids Alone

“Parasite drug dealers – leave our kids alone”. Saoradh (web | Fb) has a new board on Ardoyne Avenue, Belfast, trying to combat drug dealing in north Belfast (A list of alleged dealers was distributed last July (BelTel) | arrests for dealing cocaine were made in 2019-10 (BelTel) and 2020-02 (BelfastLive).

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Not All Heroes Wear Capes

“Go raibh maith agaibh/Thank you – Ardoyne + The Bone applaud NHS and all essential keyworkers”, “Stay home, stay safe”. The keyworkers (including shop servers and hospital janitors) all wear masks and gloves. 

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Speak Friend And Open

A gate was installed in the Alexandra Park “peace” line in 2011 (see this image from that year) which is opened daily to allow pedestrian traffic between Mountcollyer and Newington. During the pandemic, however, the gate has been closed for weeks and there is confusion over the reason  – originally it was said to be due to staffing issues but anti-social behaviour has also been mentioned (Irish News).

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Making A Difference

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” The saying is said to be an African proverb, used by the current (14th) Dalai Lama. The mural is by Danni Simpson (web | ig) at the Chester.

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It’s Over In Europe

“VE Day” in large letters composed of images, portraits of servicemen, and newspaper front pages (“It’s Over In Europe”, “Germany Quits” and so on) from the period at the end of WWII in Europe, installed along the Shore Road, Belfast, for the 75th anniversary of the event.

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I ♥ NHS

“Republican Network For Unity thank all NHS frontline staff” – RNU banner on the play-pitch at the bottom of the NLR.

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