Half Human

Work by Emic (web | tw | ig) at the Spectrum Centre (Fb) on the Shankill Road, between Loyalist Or Racist and Not Today, Satan. Not Today by Friz.

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55

Local club Linfield are premier league champions for the 55th time, matching Glasgow Rangers in Scotland for the most league championships in the world. The celebratory tarp is at the Rangers Club on the Shankill Road.

(See previously: Blues Brothers | We Are The People | Respect Heritage Culture | Welcome To The Ulster Rangers | F*ck Your Ten In A Row | Terminus Rangers)

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The Invincibles

Orange Lodges 839 (Duke Of Manchester’s Invincibles) and 739 (West Belfast) parading on the Twelfth past the UVF C Company mural on the Shankill.

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Loyalist Or Racist

“Young people from Greater Shankill Alternatives” try to stamp out racism with a mural on the side of the Spectrum Centre on the Shankill Road. “Loyalist or racist – you can’t be both.”

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Heal The Harm

The Consensus ‘Community Restorative Justice/Mediation’ programme (tw) attempts to resolve threats, disputes, and conflicts over anti-social behavior, hate crimes, interface violence, and paramilitary threats in the lower Shankill. With support from the Lower Shankill Community Association (tw) and the SAFE programme.

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One Of Our Own

The Noel Fitzpatrick/Alec Reid mural in Springfield Drive is vandalised with “RiP Rebeca – one of our own – CRF [Catholic Reaction Force]” graffiti.

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The Next In Line Is Me

Six weeks after the first four deaths, the 1981 hunger strike’s long summer of mourning resumed with the death of Joe McDonnell, who died on July 8th, 1981. The “H” (for “H Blocks”) is on the Falls Road, next to the D company IRA memorial garden.

For the plaque to the left, see The Death Of Sean McCartney. For the mural in the background to the far left, see Cry “Havoc”.

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A Rainy Night In Soho

Dan Kitchener (web | tw) added a side wall to his large mural in Enfield Street in the Woodvale. According to the man himself, the scene is Tokyo rather than Soho.

For the large piece, see Night Taxi. Also by DanK on the lower Shankill: The Greater Shankill.

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Woodvale OK

“#ItsOKToTalk” “This art project was completed as part of Alternative – Safer Areas For Everyone (SAFE) project. The young people involved identified mental health as the theme for their art project and incorporated positive mental health messages & support numbers to highlight the issue. The group also identified the “Steps” area as the location for the art work, to help brighten up the area which had become unsightly, neglected and a focus for anti-social behaviour. This project also engaged with the residents through door to door surveys, provided information leaflets on support services and organised community clean ups to help improve community pride & spirit in the area. Special thanks to Jamie, Dylan, Kyle, Corey and Mason who showed positive leadership in their community, to street artist Emic & Sam from Signlink for the art work & graphics and to the local residents and young people who were involved in the clean ups. SAFE Shankill is supported by the The Executive Office through Communities In Transition programme.”

For the steps, see previously: Steps To Mental Health

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This Parliament On Irish Soil

On June 22nd, 1921, the parliament of Northern Ireland was opened by George V at Belfast’s City Hall. In his address to the assembled dignitaries, he said “I have … come in person, as the head of the Empire, to inaugurate this parliament on Irish soil. I inaugurate it with deep felt hope and I feel assured that you will do your utmost to make it an instrument of happiness and good government for all parts of the community which you represent. This is a great and critical occasion in the history of the Six Counties … I pray that My coming to Ireland to-day may prove to be the first step towards an end of strife amongst [Ireland’s] people, whatever their race or creed.” “Partition has failed” to answer his prayer. Above: the latest message on Sliabh Dubh; below: the mountain from the bonfire pallets collected on the Highfield estate.

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Decade of Centenaries | Ulster 1885 - 1925 | King George V opens new  Parliament