Comrades In Arms

John Meeke signed the Ulster Covenant in Dervock Orange Hall in 1912 and went to war with the Ulster Volunteers. Willie Redmond, brother of John Redmond, had been jailed three times and was a nationalist MP at Westminster when, at age 53, he signed up for service.
Major Redmond went over the top with the 16th (Irish) Division at Messines Ridge and was hit by machine-gun fire. Private Meeke, a stretcher-bearer with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in the 36th (Ulster) Division, found and stayed with Redmond under heavy fire, taking two bullets himself.
Redmond would die that night. He was awarded the Legion Of Honour by the French. His East Clare seat was taken by Éamon de Valera. Meeke survived after several surgeries. He was awarded the Military Medal by the British. After the World War, he joined the Specials and LOL 1001 in Benvarden before dying of TB in 1923 (NALIL | Irish Times | WP |BelTel).
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The Heart Of Our Community (2)

03557 2016-06-23 ArdEoin Kickams border+
A border of celtic knot-work and the shields of the four provinces has been added to the Ard Eoin Kickhams mural at the top of Havana Way. (For the previous version, see The Heart Of Our Community.)
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Breaking The Chains

03624 2016-07-04 Mickey Devine+
This new full-size mural to INLA hunger striker Mickey Devine replaces a smaller black-and-white board (for which see Waked & Buried).
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03625 2016-07-04 Mickey Devine slant+
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03621 2016-07-04 Oglach Mickey Devine+
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text: X03624 X03625 X03621 Rathkeele Way In proud and loving memory of Óglach Mickey Devine. Died 20th August 1981 in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh after 60 days on hunger-strike. Mickey was waked and buried from this house, the family home of his sister Margaret. Also died 30th March 2005.

Yes Yes Catalonia

2014-11-07 YesCatalonia3+
Yesterday’s symbolic vote on Catalonian independence (for more background see Votes About Votes) showed 81% in favour of separation from Spain. Here are three shots of the encouragement on Sliabh Dubh (Black Mountain), the second with the Ballymurphy Easter Rising mural in the foreground, the third with the wall of superheroes in Sliabh Dubh estate (see Wallbusters | The Walls, Unbroken | Red-Eye | Cartoon World).
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The Birth Of The Irish Republic

2013-04-10 EasterRising+

Walter Paget’s Birth Of The Irish Republic shows James Connolly lying injured on a stretcher, being tended to by Elizabeth O’Farrell (? WP), while Pearse, Clarke, and Plunkett (and Ceannt?) stand by. Detail (taken in 2004) just below …

The Birth Of The Irish Republic has its own Visual History page.

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Previously on Extramural Activity: Easter Rising – Whiterock Road mural depicting Countess Markievicz outside the GPO during the Rising.
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Ard Eoin CLG

2013-04-08 ArdoyneGAAScene+
The scene at the top of Bealach Havana/Havana Way in Ard Eoin/Ardoyne. From left to right: a “Free Marian Price – End Internment” board, a “1 Ireland, 1 Vote” board (calling for a 32 county referendum), and a Gaelic games mural featuring hurling, football and handball – seen previously in 2008.
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text: X01045 cumann luthcleas gael, ard eoin kickhams, vote online @ http://www.1916societies.com, free all republican prisoners, martin corey, eire, founded 1907, o’neill’s

Spirit Of Freedom

2013-03-07 SpiritOfFreedom+
2011 mural in the Bogside of London-/Derry/Doire featuring republican hunger strikers (the ten who died in the Maze, along with Frank Stagg and Michael Gaughan, who died in English prisons in the 70s), along with an oak leaf symbolizing the city of Derry. Chains, rather than a celtic design, serve as a frame for the main mural.
A close-up of the piece to the left, which “is dedicated to all those who tragically died on the streets of Derry during the hunger strike era” and features head-shots of various Óglaigh na hÉireann volunteers, can be found below.
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text: X00999 X01000 our revenge will be the laughter of our children bainfear ár ndíoltas amach leis an gháire dár bpáistí 1st battalion doire brigade 3rd october 2006 suaimhneas dé dá n-anamacha, in fond and loving memory of those who died for the cause for ireland’s freedom. bogside and brandywell memorial committee

Cultural Identity

2013-02-23 StMalachysParish+
“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

East Belfast Remembers

2012-12-03 EastBelfastRemembers+

Relatively recent (late 2011?) mural replacing an advertizing hoarding in Derwent St. (Newtownards Rd.) remembering the first world war, immediately next to another commemorating the dead and injured of various attacks during the troubles. The panels of the mural on the right are in/on bricked-up windows.

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text: X00755 Kingsmill, Shankill Enniskillen, la mon 12 dead 17th feb 1978 bloody friday 21st july 1972 9 dead 130 injured omagh 15th aug 1998 29 dead 300 injured darkley 20th nov 1983 3 dead 7 injured teebane 17th jan 1992 8 dead ballygawley 20th aug 1988 8 dead 28 injured tullyvallen 1st sept 1975 5 dead 6 injured

Owed On A Belfast Wall

There are houses on only one side of Azmor Street and they look across at the ends of the houses across the street (Brookmount Street) – the writing is on the end of one of these houses but the graffiti is only visable from Azmor Street. A very old piece of graffiti on an old row of houses, due for demolition. Shankill area.

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text: X00672 fuck off pnsi wptp uff, ulster is owers, c/coy, l/s