Free Zack Smyth

“Free Zack Smyth – end internment”. Support from Saoradh and the IRPWA for political prisoner Ciarán ‘Zack’ Smyth, who is in Maghaberry after having his license revoked on suspicion of plotting to attack Sinn Féin leaders (Irish News | Saoradh) and involvement in a New IRA plot to bomb Musgrave PSNI station (BelTel). As an IRA member Smyth served nine years in the 1970s and seven of fourteen years for a 2013 robbery.

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Vaulty Towers

Artists from the arts collective Vault (web | tw) including SzuSzuSigns and FGB painted new pieces on the Tower Street side of the building in advance of the Summer Market on August 16th.

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Change Your Mind

The trio of mental-health boards above the Whiterock-Springfield junction has been spruced up with a new whitewashed background and the message “It’s OK To Talk”.

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Their Amazing Attack

“I am not an Ulsterman but yesterday, the First of July, as I followed their amazing attack, I felt that I would rather be an Ulsterman than anything else in the world. – Wilfred [Wilfrid] Spender – The Somme 1916”. Spender was born in England but served as quartermaster of the Ulster Volunteers and general staff officer of the 36th (Ulster) Division. He won the Military Cross for actions at Thiepval, and became Cabinet Secretary of the new “Northern Ireland” in 1921 (WP). His words are on one of three new murals in Belvoir Park, alongside two large flags – the Union Flag and Ulster Banner. Above the WWI mural old RHC lettering is causing the paint to fall away.

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A Heart In A Heart

Here is a final selection of images from north (N Queen St, Yorkgate, New Lodge) and west Belfast (Kennedy Way) in support of the Noah Donohoe campaign. (Previously: #RememberMyNoah | Justice For Noah | The Wide Blue Yonder | Gloria Ab Intus)

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Yes I Do

“Is deontóir me [mé]. Deonú orgán. Yes I donate. Organ donation.” Dáithí Mac Gabhann (Donate4Daithí Fb | tw) who suffers from Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, has been looking for a donor heart since January 2018. The new mural is on the “International Wall” in CNR west Belfast; here is an image from the Whiterock Road from the 2018 campaign. Organ Donation Week runs from September 7th to 13th.

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It Hasn’t Gone Away, You Know

“Wear a mask – it hasn’t gone away, you know.” The last two weeks have seen two coronavirus deaths but 800 new cases (Health NI | BBC). Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams remarked, on Sunday 13 August, 1995, that the IRA “haven’t gone away” (YouTube).

Previously on this wall (on Newtownards Road): Inspiring Belfast | Reading Between The Lines
Previously: Wash Your Hands, Hallion (Hallion might in fact be the graffitist’s nom-de-mur.)
Previously: Sectarianism – It Hasn’t Gone Away

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The Wide Blue Yonder

Blue is the colour of the “#Remember My Noah” campaign to get answers in the disappearance of teen Noah Donohoe ten weeks ago. Gael Force Art (Fb) took to Sliabh Dubh and put a message on the mountain, with help from some of the Donohoe relatives from Strabane.

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Welcome To Carrick Hill

“Fáilte go Cnoc na Carraige” in the arch over the entrance to Carrick Hill, with a simplified United Irishmen symbol at the centre.

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Lagan Village

In the 1860s, Ballymacarrett, Mount Pottinger, and Lagan Village, all on the east side of the Lagan, were not a part of Belfast (Lennon-Wylie). Lagan Village stretched from where Hutchinsons car dealership now is down to the modern Park Parade, just above Ormeau Park. In the 1880s Belfast expanded and Lagan Village Road became Ravenhill Road (NVTv). Ormeau Park opened in 1871 (WartimeNI). It did not then include the BMX track celebrated in this mural.

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