Ruling By Fooling

The line “Yes, ruling by fooling, is a great British art – with great Irish fools to practice on” comes from a piece by a James Connolly article in The Irish Worker in 1914. It is used here in the context of what the “Good Friday [Agreement] has delivered: the copper fastened partition through the consent principle & triple locking border poll provision; gerrymandering using peace walls for population control; 70% Protestant, 100% unionist police force; internment by remand; revoking of licences; and miscarriages of justice; sectarianism; total polarisation of mindset; 18 peace walls in 1998 59 peace walls in 2018; sectarian allocation of social housing; almost 500 lives lost to suicide.” In contrast, 32CSM declares that the Declaration Of Independence (in English | as Gaeilge | it was also translated into French) by the Dáil in 1919 is “the only mandate the Irish people need”.
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Our Heritage In Your Hands

The Ulster Tower at Thiepval, France, is a replica of Helen’s Tower in Clandeboye, around which the 36th (Ulster) Brigade, formed in August 1914 from the Ulster Volunteers and Young Citizen Volunteers, began their training (see this gallery of images from North Down Museum at BBC-NI). After a year of training in Ireland and England, the Division was deployed to France in September 1915.
In the top corners are two views of the local Scrabo Tower, which can be seen to the right in the wide shot, below. Produced by muraltec.
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Hidden Gem

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Here’s INKIE’s (WP | Fb | Web) contribution to this years’ Culture Night Belfast/Hit The North. It is tucked in behind the Arts Resource Centre in Commercial Court.
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Seeing Things

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A pair of 3-dimensional hands by Emic (Fb | Web |Tw)  in Kent Street for 2016’s Culture Night Belfast. Glasses are available in the Sunflower bar across the street.
Below is a shot of Eoin at work on the piece.
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Fun…damental Rights

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Paris street artist KASHINK was in Belfast for Culture Night 2016, working on the fencing in Union Street behind the Sunflower. According to this article, she paints “hairy four-eyed men to examine gender assumptions.”
Visible in the background: CNB13 piece by Malarky.
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Liú Lúnasa

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Liú Lúnasa is an Irish language festival, held this year on 24-28 August. The mural above shows rocks taken from the wall separating Palestine and Israel being used to build a gaelscoil (an Irish-language school). The mural was painted by Jimí Mac Fhlannchadha.
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We Bleed That The Nation May Live

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Arrayed against the forces of the British Army (which are shown in armoured cars and in sniping positions in the foreground of the mural, along the whole length of the wall) are various symbols of Irish nationalism: Oliver Sheppard‘s 1911 statue of Cuchulainn dying; the pikemen of the 1798 Rebellion (featured yesterday: Éirí Amach 1798); the four provinces of Ireland; Ériu the mythological queen of Ireland/Éire; Easter lilies; the emblems of Fianna Éireann and Cumann na mBan on either side of a quote from (The Mainspring) Sean MacDiarmada “We bleed that the nation may live; I die that the nation may live. Damn your concessions, England: we want our country”; a phoenix rising from the flames of the burning Dublin GPO (inspired by Norman Teeling’s 1998 painting The GPO Burns In Dublin); the GPO flying an ‘Irish Republic’ flag; portraits of signatories and other rebels — (left) Padraig H. Pearse, Thomas J Clarke, Eamonn Ceannt, Thomas MacDonagh, (right) Countess Markievicz, James Connolly, Sean MacDiarmada, Thomas Plunkett; the declaration of independence, placed over the advertising box of AA Accountants – see the in-progress shot below. For more work-in-progess images, see yesterday’s post, Éirí Amach 1798. At the very bottom is a quote from Mo Chara’s mother, Harriet Kelly: We want the freedom of our country and your soldiers out.
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Robots In Disguise

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Transformer Megatron is powerless to stop these pigeons from eating up scraps of bread thrown to them on North Street. Work by KrikSix (web) for CNB15.
Replaces Verz’s Psychedelic Dog.
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Pristine Wilderness

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Work by This Is Filth (Fb) in the city centre shows an idyllic scene: a campfire burning beneath a crescent moon over the mountains.
Replaces: Chips & Ketchup
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Replicant Tears

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Work by Dublin-based artist Novice (Jess Tobin (Fb)) for CNB15 in Belfast city centre. Like ADW’s Born To Create mural, it was graffitied soon after being painted – see the final image, below.
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