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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text: X00972 1936 ar scath a cheile a mhaireann na daoine

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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text: X00597 oppression breeds resistance, resistance brings freedom, falls curfew july 1970, dedicated to all those women who faced up to military aggression, free marian price, i ndil cuimhne william burns 3-7-70 charles o’neill 3-7-70, zbigniew uglik 4-7-70, patrick elliman 11-7-70, murdered by the british army during the falls curfew of july 3-5 1970. the curfew was finally broken by the courage and determination of the women of belfast

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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Liam MacCarthy Cup

International wall, Divis St. MacCarthy and the hurling cup that bears his name.

To the right of this mural.

An unusual mural in terms of form. A mix of mural and board. Knot-work on three sides but not the top, so that the hurley players simply break the main mural and not the frame.

(Replaced in 2012 by Never Actually Existed)

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The Great Hunger

Board remembering An Gorta Mór, The Great Hunger, The Famine/Genocide (WP) with an old-fashioned plough in front.

“They buried us without shroud or coffin” is a line from an unrelated Seamus Heaney poem Requiem For The Croppies.

Replaced in 2012 by Stair Na Gaeilge.

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