Reflections

A bird in one hand, wood and stone in the other. Work by emic (ig | tw | web) in Crossgar, Co Down.
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The Gravel Walks

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Poet Seamus Heaney died on this day 2013 and the gravestone erected in St Mary’s, Ballaghy, on the same day the following year. The epitaph is “Walk on air against your better judgement” from the poem ‘The Gravel Walks” in The Spirit Level.
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text: X03931 1939-2013

Cousins

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Cousins Francis Hughes (Ó hÁodha) and Thomas McElwee (Mac Giolla Bhuídhe) were the second and ninth of the 1981 hunger strikers to die. They share a grave in St. Mary’s churchyard in their hometown of Bellaghy, Co. London-/Derry. The image above shows their gravestone “erected by the people of Co. Derry and Co. Antrim”.
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text: X03932 i measc laochra na nGael go raibh a nanamacha oglaigh na heireann IRA

Race Of Legends

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The town of Armoy, County Antrim, hosts an annual motorcycling road race, the Race Of Legends. The windows of the (closed) Victory Bar is filled with images of motorcyclists. Robert Dunlop is shown above and brother Joey is two windows to the left. Both brothers died as a result of racing accidents. Sons William and Michael are also featured.
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text: X03812 X03813 hillside rd mervyn robinson frank kennedy

Country Roads

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UVF-YCV mural on a stone wall in Magheramorne (south of Larne), repainted (see the version in 2008, below) and with three flags added.
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text: X03769 X03770 X00291 Ballylig Rd

Street Art

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Above and below are summertime images of the Main Road in Glynn, just south of Larne, County Antrim, marked with the union jack and flags of Scotland, Northern Ireland and England and Orange symbols such as the crown, a key (for the Siege of Derry, rather than the crossed keys?), Jacob’s ladder, along with the six-pointed star.
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text: X02884 X02883 No surrender God save our queen Aughrim + Boyne + Enniskillen + Derry ulster

Three-In-One

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This trio of Ulster Defence Association, Ulster Freedom Fighters, and Ulster Young Militants boards are in Holywood, County Down. The overtly paramilitary UFF acts as the link between the others, in that the UDA and UYM emblems appear in miniature alongside its own. The UFF slogan “Ferriens tego” is missing from its board. The local troop is the North Down 2nd Batt. D Coy.
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text: X02792 quis separabit terrae filius

Like A Horse To Water

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Here’s a loyalist mural in classic style, though not seen much of late: King William “Billy” III of Orange crosses the Boyne, sword drawn, on a white steed that walks on water. The crests of Scotland and Northern Ireland (labelled as “Ulster”) and the Scottish thistle and orange lily of the Orange Order fill out the quadrants.
The mural to the right was featured in By The Mutton Burn Stream (and in the wide shot, below) and the one in the distance on the left in The Craic Is Mighty.
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text: X02599 X02591 1690 crown bible

Foreign Arrivals

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Chinese, Cantonese, European, and Presbyterian. Three signs outside the Chinese take-away in Ballycarry: the Chinese lettering for the restaurant, a DUP poster supporting Sammy Wilson, and an Ulster-Scots heritage banner: “1613 The Arrival of Edward Brice – The first presbyterian minister in Ireland”.
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Out Of Africa

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On a barn wall in Ballycarry, County Antrim: a African youth (perhaps Ethiopian Mursi tribe) with painted face and a headdress of warthog tusk and aluminium coils. (By Liquid Colour Design – see also The Craic Is Mighty)
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