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).

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1800 x 1200)

Copyright © 2020 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f5, 1/800, ISO 80, full size 4896 x 3264
X07253 [X07254]

Fish 4 The Bone

The streets in the Bone (or Marrowbone) area were built around the turn of the 20th century but before that the area was on the way to the ‘old park’. The name perhaps comes from the Irish “machaire botháin”, the “cabin field” , possibly in reference to a shepherd’s hut, and certainly nothing to do with punning fish and chip shops. The shop is next to the Marrowbone Community Association.

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1800 x 976)

Copyright © 2020 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/125, ISO 800, full size 3584 x 1944

X06987

Liberation

“Britain out of Ireland – Ireland out of the EU.” This Saoradh stencil is in Ardoyne, north Belfast. Saoradh does not stand candidates in elections; it also currently lacks a national on-line presence and is banned from Twitter and Facebook (in the wake of the death of Lyra McKee).

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1300 x 1886)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4.4, 1/80, ISO 160, full size 3264 x 4736
X06935

Belfast – The Pogroms

2019 was the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Troubles and commemoration events were held in Ardoyne, Clonard, and Divis – the sites that saw the most fierce fighting during the summer. The programme board above is at the entrance to Brompton Park entrance of Ardoyne, next to the remains of Stad An Slad.

For other posts about the riots, see The Pogrom Of 1969 | Clonard Remembers | End Apartheid | Derry, Enniskillen, Aughrim, And Ardoyne.

Click and click again to enlarge (to 1800 x 1412)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4.1, 1/400, ISO 80, full size 4680 x 3672
X06811
EA5EDwTXUAEGSqb

What Is A Free Nation?

In the Workers’ Republic of February 12th, 1916, James Connolly posed the question “What is a free nation?” and, further, whether the Home Rule bill would make Ireland free in the requisite sense. “No” was his answer to the latter, and instead sovereignty would have to be reclaimed, by force if necessary: “There can be no perfect Europe in which Ireland is denied even the least of its national rights; there can be no worthy Ireland whose children brook tamely such denial. If such denial has been accepted by soulless slaves of politicians then it must be repudiated by Irish men and women whose souls are still their own. … A destiny not of our fashioning has chosen this generation as the one called upon for the supreme act of self-sacrifice – to die if need be that our race might live in freedom.”

For the previous Connolly quote in this location see A Word Of Conjure With.

Click to enlarge (to full size)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f3.7, 1/800 ISO 80, full size 4512 x 1299

X06833 brompton pk

Looking After Each Other

The former Ardoyne IRA memorial garden is now Ardoyne Youth Club’s ‘Garden Of Hope’, launched by Mayor John Finucane and actor Tim McGarry (‘Da’ from Give My Head Peace) on September 10th to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day – see second image, below.

“Be strong enough [to stand alone, smart enough] to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it” is a quote from financier Ziad Abdelnour (whose ‘strong’ promises of return on investment made him the subject of an investigation by the [US] Securities & Exchange Commission). It is used here in modified form in this anti-suicide mural encouraging Ardoyne youth (and others) to seek help for depression from Lifeline, PIPS, Samaritans, Lighthouse, Bridge Of Hope, Extern, Suicide Awareness And Support Group, .

The other quote – “I believe that the basic attribute of mankind is to look after each other” – is from Fred Hollows, New Zealand-born ophthalmologist, initially famous for treating trachoma in Aborigines.

Click to enlarge (to 1400 x 1470)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4.2, 1/160 ISO 80, full size 2400 x 2520

Click to enlarge (to 1550 x 1332)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f3.7, 1/125 ISO 320, full size 4272 x 3672

Click to enlarge (to 2000 x 1374)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f3.7, 1/640 ISO 80, full size 4358 x 2995

X06817 X06818 X06819 berwick ave it’s OK not to feel OK and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help

The Men And Women Of Violence

“Saoradh salute the men and women of violence.” Namely the signatories to the 1916 Proclamation, the women of the 1970s IRA, and modern “dissidents” with home-made weapons. Saoradh currently (mid-late 2019, in the wake of the death of Lyra McKee) no longer has a web site or Twitter feed, and the Belfast and Derry section’s Facebook pages are non-existent (other section’s pages are still up, including Tyrone, Dublin, and Munster).

On the same wall as the Larry Marley plaque.

Click to enlarge (to 2000 x 1054)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f9, 1/250 ISO 80, full size 4692 x 2472

X06831

The Shadow Of A Gunman

Lyra McKee was killed observing a riot in Creggan, Derry, in April. The (New) IRA apologised for the consequences of the gun attack on police but did not suggest an end to violence (Guardian). The (presumably unfinished) stencil to McKee’s memory on Ardoyne Avenue (below) is now in the shadow of the “IRA” and assault rifle cut-outs (shown above) on the lamp-pole opposite.

Click to enlarge (to full size)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f5.3, 1/640 ISO 80, full size 2464 x 4896

 

Click to enlarge (to 1200 x 1800)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4.8, 1/80 ISO 100, full size 3264 x 4896

X06821 [X06822] X06820

Derry, Aughrim, Enniskillen, And Ardoyne

Martin Meehan joined the IRA in 1966 and was one of a few IRA volunteers defending Catholics in Ardoyne (Ard Eoin) in August 1969. Rioting did not cease there until the 16th, when British troops were finally deployed to the Crumlin Road to block mobs coming from the Woodvale and Shankill. Meehan resigned after the failure of the IRA to defend Ardoyne, Clonard, and Divis. This Magill article from the time summarises the IRA’s actions as “late, amateur and uncertain”.(Meehan would later rejoin the IRA and PIRA.)

After a few years honoring Seán McCaughey (see Chains And Bonds Have No Part In Us), Martin Meehan’s image (along with an RNU phoenix) is back on the Ardoyne Avenue gable that bears his plaque. The title of today’s post is based on the song “The Night We Burnt Ardoyne“.

Click to enlarge (to 1800 x 1344)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/200 ISO 400, full size 3472 x 2592

X06798

Billy Hanna

“William ‘Billy’ Hanna” murdered 21/6/1978. We will remember. Pride Of Ardoyne FB.” On the 40th anniversary of his death, a memorial plaque and cross were mounted at the top of Ardoyne Road to Billy Hanna, founder member of the Pride Of Ardoyne. The word “murdered” is notable. Hanna was shot in an SAS ambush of a PIRA attempt to bomb the Ballysillan post office depot; it is alleged that the SAS snipers opened fire without warning and discharged 170 rounds (An Phoblacht). An alternative interpretation of the event might put the focus instead on Hanna being caught in the crossfire (BBC-NI) or mistaken for an IRA member (Sutton).

Click to enlarge (to 1900 x 1388)
Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f6, 1/100 ISO 125, full size 4764 x 3480
Click to enlarge (to 1800 x 1200)
Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/800 ISO 400, full size 3888 x 2592
Click to enlarge (to 1200 x 1744)
Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f5.1, 1/125 ISO 80, full size 3368 x 4896
X06614 X06612 X06613 h/t Tony Crowley