After We Are Gone

Patsy O’Hara was born in 1957 Bishop Street, Derry, and joined Na Fianna in 1970 and the local Sinn Féin cumann in 1971 and, in August was shot in the leg by British soldiers. In 1972 he joined the Republican Clubs and in 1975 the IRSP. He was imprisoned multiple times, the final time being in January 1979 for possession of a hand grenade (Bobby Sands Trust). He went on hunger strike 41 years ago tomorrow (March 22nd) and was the first of the three INLA hunger strikers to die in 1981. The long-standing mural in Bishop Street was repainted for the 40th anniversary of his death. (For the previous version, see Let The Fight Go On.)

“Óglach Patsy O’Hara, INLA Derry Brigade, Irish hunger striker, who died after 61 days on 21st May 1981, age 23. Last words ‘Let the fight go on’.”

“After we are gone, what will you say you were doing? Will you say you were with us in our struggle or where you conforming to very system that drove us to our deaths?”

Bishop Street, Derry

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Culture Threatens No One

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Three bandsmen – the first two of which, at least, are members of the UVF Regimental Flute Band, one in a vintage and another in a modern uniform – parade together in a new mural in Pitt Park. The UVF Regimental will be going to France for the centenary commemorations of the Battle of the Somme.
For images of the boards being painted see the Ballymac Friendship Centre Facebook page.
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Fifty Shades Of Belfast

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Jamie Dornan (from Holywood) and Gillian Anderson are stars of the BBC series The Fall. He plays a serial-killer terrorizing Belfast and she the detective leading the investigation. Anderson is not shown here as she appears in The Fall, but in the style of Fifty Shades Of Grey, the BDSM-explicit novel by E. L. James, which has now been made into a movie, starring Dornan. It goes on general release tomorrow, Valentine’s Day, February 14th.
The panel above is one of a dozen from the new “upstairs” part of the Belfast Windows piece by Ciaran Gallagher in the courtyard of the Dark Horse/Duke Of York. As Ciaran himself warns on his Facebook page, the “upstairs” material is adult and “not for the faint-hearted”. Below you can see the middle quartet: in the attic, a semi-nude woman behind bars with a menacing face in the background; on the left, Romper Room is on the TV and the skinhead sports a Mr. Do-Bee tattoo, but this is UDA romper room, not kid’s playtime: two hoods take baseball bats to a victim; and in the middle, a pot-smoking policeman (in RUC/early-PSNI uniform) stands under the grow-lights of a cannabis factory.
For the “downstairs” part of the work, see Belfast, You’re Melting My Head | Belfast Stripped Bare.
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Cultural Identity

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“Saint Malachy’s G.A.C. is more than a club. It’s our club. To participate is to represent your community and an expression of your cultural identity.”
A mural celebrating Gaelic games in the parish of St. Malachy/Naomh Maolmhaodhóg, in the Markets area of Belfast. The parish church – featured in the top centre – has a celebrated fan-vaulted ceiling (WP). This mural, on the other hand, features a highly unusual bay window.
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Say It With Guinness

Biographical plaques have been added to the Covenant board on Argyle St. (Straight-on shot of the board, without plaques: We Perish If We Yield.)

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In Flight

A trip to Paris, France yielded this mural. What appears to be Broutin’s original can be found at his website, along with a shot of the mural above in its surroundings. The mural (which also has some extensions around the edges) was produced by Athem. Does anyone know what the inspiration for this is? Or what’s in the bag?

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Falls Curfew 1970


2010 mural (unveiled July 4th on the 40th anniversary) of Máire Drumm (WP) and the women of West Belfast breaking the British army curfew of the Lower falls in 1970 (brief interview footage from the 9:00 minute mark). International wall, Divis St, incorporating ‘Free Marian Price’. Maire Drumm was later shot dead in her bed in the Mater hospital where she was a patient. (Update 2012-11-17: A shot of this mural being painted can be found here.)

To the right is the purple WBTA mural.

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Stroud St. Entire

Here is an angled shot of the entire Stroud St. mural, details of which have been featured in one | two | three previous posts. The artist is Ed Reynolds (steadyhanded.com) “assisted by William McKee Strong, June 2012”. The Tele had a write-up of the work: The Singing Butcher.

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Just The Ticket

Part of a long, multi-panel mural in Stroud St.

The parking-ticket machine is real. A light pole is also incorporated into the mural. I hope to get a good (well-aligned) shot of that in the next few days.

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The Stolen Child

“Julie Livingstone aged 14 yrs. Murdered by the British Army 13th May 1981.” “The Stolen Child – Come away, O human child/To the waters and the wild/With a faery hand in hand/For the world’s more full of weeping/Than you can understand! – WB Yeats.” Livingstone was killed by a plastic bullet.

There is also a stone and plaque near the spot she was struck, on the Stewartstown Road.

Glenveagh Drive, Belfast

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