Art Is A Hammer With Which To Shape Reality

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Arts For All (Fb | Web) is a community arts organization in north Belfast, sponsoring workshops and events, giving space to artists-in-residence, and putting on exhibits in its John Luke Gallery. The image above is of the mural on the side of their own building on the York Road, painted in 2012 by JMK (Jonny McKerr) and DMC (Dermot McConaghy) – their signatures can be seen on the brickwork at the right. Arts For All were also one of the sponsors of the recent WWI mural by Jonny in Tigers Bay: The Undertaker | The Home Front.
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Building An Ireland Of Equals

The aspect of Cave Hill commonly known as Napoleon’s Nose is shown sheltering the people of Newington, surrounded by heroes and emblems of the past – Bobby Sands, Wolfe Tone, and in the centre, Winifred Carney. This republican mural is both internally directed (at Newington and the New Lodge) and externally, being on the main Antrim Road (Oceanic avenue, on the side of the Sinn Féin office) which is a main artery between the city and points north.
“Ag aontú Caitliceach, Protastúnach agus Easaontóirí.” – “Uniting Catholic, Protestant, and Dissenter.” In An Argument On Behalf Of The Catholics Of Ireland (1791), Wolfe Tone of the United Irishmen wrote, “To subvert the tyranny of our execrable government, to break the connection with England, the never-failing source of all our political evils, and to assert the independence of my country, these were my objects. To unite the whole people of Ireland, to abolish the memory of past dissensions, and to substitute the common name of Irishman, in place of the denominations of Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter, these were my means.”
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Third Class Citizens

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Hugh Smyth OBE was born in the Woodvale area and represented the upper Shankill as an Independent Unionist and then a Progressive Unionist in Belfast City Council for forty-one years, until the year before his death in May 2014, including a term as Lord mayor in 1994-1995 – he is pictured in the main image (above) in his mayoral robes.
The portrait on the right (shown solo below) was taken by Bobbie Hanvey and is kept in a Boston College archive; more from the archive of 50,000 images can be seen at BC.edu and on Flickr.
As the quote (shown in the final image below) indicates, his politics were oriented towards the working class: “Historically, Unionist politicians fed their electorate the myth that they were first class citizens…  and without question people believed them. Historically, Republican/Nationalist politicians fed their electorate the myth that they were second class citizens… and without question the people believed them. In reality, the truth of the matter was that we all, Protestant and Catholic, were third class citizen, and none of us realised it!” The board was officially launched on June 19th.
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text: X02044 X02045 X02046 canmore st 40 years’ service to the people of the shankill 1939-2014

Cry “Havoc”

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Above is a new board (on painted background) at the Falls Road Garden of Remembrance for IRA volunteers in D company (the ‘Dogs’) of the 2nd battalion Belfast Brigade and local civilians from the lower Falls who died in the 20s, 70s and 90s. The main board shows a map of the area from Dunville Park to the Divis flats with lilies marking the spots of various deaths. Surrounding it are the portraits of fourteen of the volunteers listed on the marble – Maguire, O’Rawe, McKelney, Donaghy, Quigley, McAreavey, Hughes, Loughran, MacBride, Kelly, Carson, Campbell, Skillen, Marley.
Below is a wide shot showing the garden and mural.
CAIN have video of the garden
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQZBBfoqvIo]
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text: X01709 X01708 falls cultural society quest for irish freedom ar son saoirse na heireann oglaigh roll of honour monument

Till Labour Knows No Master

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“There can be no dignity in labour, till labour knows no master.” The statue of Jim Larkin in Donegall Street Place has been augmented with a massive mural celebrating the many unions which have membership in Ireland. 2013 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Dublin lock-out, which ran from August 1913 to January 1914. The images below show a close-up of the statue (which was previously featured sporting a placard), three female figures in the border to the right of Larkin (Winifred Carney, Inez McCormack, and Betty Sinclair?) and finally, the plans for the piece, which were hanging on the left-hand wall prior to completion.
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text: X01370 X01368 X01369 X01325 An Injury To One Is An Injury To All ictu tssa iboa nasuwt atl ucu nuj journalists peace work progress said joe what they forgot to kill went on to organise break the connection with capitalism titanic disaster great loss of life gmb siptu services industrial professional technical i.n.t.o. irish national teachers organisation equity arts means jobs fire brigade ucatt serving youth against racism protect public services education union campaign usdaw workers together hands off my mate la révolution prolétairienne communication we want bread and roses too nipsa pcsc defending jobs and services stronger together congress play for your side join your trade union solidarity forever H&W a better and fairer way unions northern committee

Joe Cahill Perpetual Cup

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Above is the new Joe Cahill mural in Beechview Park, next to the GAA pitch. The mural was unveiled on September 2nd. (Images of the unveiling from An Phoblacht.) Joe Cahill (WP) holds the cup aloft. The group in the bottom left corner (see the second image, below) are Pat O’Hare, Frank Cahill, Tom Cahill, (the three Cahills were featured in the previous mural) Ned Maguire, Jr., Ned Maguire, Sr., Alec Crowe, Paddy Meenan, Tommy Crowe, Dal Delaney, and Hugh Elliot. In the crook of Cahill’s arm (see third image, below) are Rita McParland, Sean Wallace, Paddy Corrigan, John Pettigrew, and John Stone. None of these adults is still alive; all were from the local area.
The chalet bungalows in the background on the left are gone, but you can see images of them on the Belfast Forum.
The plaque on the left names others in addition: Billy Kelly, Alice Cush, Kate Campbell, John Mulligan, Mary Mulligan, David Mulhern, Margaret Mulhern, john Clarke, Margaret Farrelly, Marie Williams, Kevin Sullivan, Michael Rock, John McColgan, Bridget Maguire, Martin Maguire, Sally Corrigan, Sonny O’Reilly, Maggie McArdle, Jimmy McArdle, Kathleen Wallace, McGuinness, John Flanagan, Maisie McGuckian, Charlie McGuckian, Anthony Muldoon, Jim Logue, Ellen Weir, Liam Mackie, Oliver McParland, Sadie McMahon, Tommy Crowe, Maddie Holden, Sarah Doyle, Jimmy Doyle, Kathleen Pettigrew, Mary Cushnihan, Bell Cosgrove, Gerry Campbell.
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text: X01335 X01333 X01334 X01332 in proud remembrance the republican cause annie cahill 26 march 2005, when passing this spot, pause, think of us and erin and smile, Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí, whiterock,

The Red Army

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The Red Army are the supporters of Cliftonville football team which this past (2012-2013) season won both the Irish League Cup and the League Championship. The mural on the right had side, detailed below, looks in such good condition because it was touched up on July 17th —in time for that night’s Champions League match against Celtic — after being vandalized on the 16th.

There is a good summary of Cliftonville history (including their present-day successes), as well as a picture of the “Let’s All Do The Huddle” mural painted for the occasion of the Celtic visit, at the blog Four-Four-Two.
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text: X01189 X01188 2013 champions reds social athletic club ireland’s oldest 1879

Che Guevara Lynch

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“Che” Guevara’s father, also called Ernesto Guevara Lynch, was an Argentinian descended from Patrick Lynch, who emigrated from Galway (in 1742?) and married in Buenos Aries in 1749. (Based on these rodovid pages: one | two | three.) Che’s father is the source of the quote at the bottom of the mural: “In my son’s veins flowed the blood of Irish rebels.”
The Irish inscription, ‘Thocfadh an réabhlóideach a mharú ach ní an réabhlóid a scríosadh”, means “The revolutionary may die, but the revolution lives on.”
This mural is on Fahan Street in London-/Derry/Doire. Previous ‘windows in walls’: St. Malachy’s | Bingham.
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Sir Edward Bingham

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Mural in his home town to rear admiral Sir Edward Bingham, OBE, born in Bangor and recipient of the Victoria Cross (featured in the apex of the roof) for service in WWI.
This mural is adjacent to Red Hand Commando “red fist” mural, featured previously.
The context shot, below, shows the two together, as viewed through the uprights of a community monument just across the road, featuring old photographs and documenting the history of the local community.
This mural is almost unique in having a house window in the middle of it. Here is one other example.
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text: X01030 X01032 messines hms nestor for valor born 26th july died 24th sept 1939, vc, son of lord clanmorris was born in bangor and served in the royal navy during the first world war. he was awarded for his actions in engaging the german fleet during the battle of jutland. the bingham family name adorns various settings in the where he is remembered with pride. was purchased by north down borough council and is on display at the north down museum

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