Three-In-One

02792 2015-08-20 HolywoodUDAUFFUYM+
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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Like A Horse To Water

2015-05-02 BallycarryBilly+
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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2015-04-20 BallycarryBillyWide+
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text: X02599 X02591 1690 crown bible

Foreign Arrivals

2015-04-20 BallycarryChinese+
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

2015-04-20 BallycarryAborClose+
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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The Craic Is Mighty

2015-04-20 BallycarryFiddler+
Fiddling in the north of Ireland is common to both Nationalist and Unionist communities and the “old Antrim” style is influenced by Scottish playing (USFO).
Mural by Liquid Colour Design on the wall of Millar’s pub in Ballycarry, County Antrim.
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By The Mutton Burn Stream

2015-04-20 BallycarryVillageDetail2+
Ballycarry village sits in County Antrim countryside surrounded by the townlands of Ballyhill, Redhall, Forthill, Blackhill, Aldfreck, Lochstown, Beltoy, Bentra. The large pale oval to the right of the picnickers is one of many “seeds” falling from the sky and settling into the earth, which by growing make Ballycarry a pleasant place: “I can see Scotland on a clear day”. The Mutton Burn Stream (lyrics | music from the Ulster-Scots agency) is a song written by Ballycarry resident William Hume (QUB) about the river to the north-west of the village (WP). More about Ballycarry from the BBC’s Ulster-Scots page.
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Do Not Cut Flowers

2015-03-18 GlynnDetail+
The Somme mural in Glynn, County Antrim has been repainted. The previous version had troops silhouetted against the colours of sunset; the new version has them against a cloudy sky and includes a grave and poppies.
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text: X02553 X02554 X00229 taken in 2008 wwi world war one somme 1916

Stoneyford

2014-06-24 StonyfordFlag+
A Northern Ireland flag tops an electrical pole in Stoneyford sporting a picture of an Orange Order collarette and the red hand in barbed wire of the Loyalist Prisoners Association.
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Needful Things

2014-02-18 Needful Things+
A fake shopfront in The Square in Portaferry. There are doors behind the doors and a window behind the array of sweet jars.
Previously: Fake shopfronts Yes, We Are Closed (Dungiven) | Down The Shops (Newtownards Rd) | Semiotics (Newtownards Rd)
Previously: Closed stores Recession in Fivemiletown | Sew What (Crossmaglen)
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Our Lost Volunteers

2014-01-12 NArdsPurpleDetail+
Armed masked men, shotgun, automatic weapon, sledgehammer, hand grenade and two pistols, with the flags of Northern Ireland, the UK and the UVF in the background. The plaque reads, “Dedicated to the memory of our lost volunteers who made the supreme sacrifice. Gone but not forgotten”. “Lest we forget” at the bottom. The full mural (below) shows (clockwise from top left) YCV, PAF (Protestant Action Force), UVF (on an Ulster shield), and 36th (Ulster) Division insignia.
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