Decolonisation

“In memory of our fallen INLA volunteers, upper Springfield area: Hugh Ferguson, Ronnie Bunting, Noel Little, Hugh O’Neill, Micky Kearney, John McColgan, Paddy “Paddybo” Campbell. Comrades: Barry “Baz” McMullan, Sean “Shanto” fleming, Harry O’Hara, Paul Collins, Bernado Brownlee, Emmanuel Kelly, Michael Conlon, Billy Lynch, James “Harpo” Murray, John Kennaway. Saoirse go deo [freedom forever].” Ferguson was the first member of the INLA to die, in 1975 in the feud with the OIRA. Bunting and Little/Lyttle (both Protestants) were shot dead in 1980 in Bunting’s Andersonstown home by masked gunmen from the UDA or SAS with RUC complicity.
Whiterock Road, Belfast, next to the Kevin LynchMarian PriceKevin Lynch wall.
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#AchtAnois

An Dream Dearg (tw | Fb) takes its campaign for an Irish-Language Act (Acht Na Gaeilge) to the streets of Ardoyne after a deal to introduce such an act collapsed in February (BBC-NI | Irish Times).
Balholm Drive; there is an identical mural on the International Wall on Divis Street.
Previously:  An Dream Dearg | An Lá Dearg
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An Ní Is Áille

“Níl an ní is áille – súil ghléigheal [sic] an linbh – slán faoinár gcúram níos mó!” [The most beautiful thing – the sparkling eye of a child/the bright hope of a child – is no longer safe in our care!] This Bóthar Chluanaí/Springfield Road graffiti seems to be a response to the recent vote in the Republic Of Ireland removing the constitutional protection of unborn children (see Yes & No). There has previously been Irish-language graffiti in favour of abortion: Ceart Ginmhillte Anois!
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text: X06033 X06034 [X06035] Buíochas le Mícheál agus Seosamh.

Be There All The Way

The draw for the 4th round matches in the men’s All-Ireland Football Senior Championship takes place this morning at 8:30. Antrim have already been eliminated (in both football and hurling) but four other Ulster counties await their fates: Armagh, Fermanagh, Monaghan, and Tyrone. The new mural shown above celebrates (men’s) Gaelic games in County Antrim (tw) and at two local clubs: Naomh Gall (tw | web), founded in Clonard Street in 1910, and Naomh Pól (tw | Fb) in Hawthorn Street – the site of the mural – in 1941.

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text: X04993 Sam Maguire cup, Liam MacCarthy cup established 1884 hayes hotel thurles bunaithe 1884 ostán uí haodha durlas éile

Cease This Activity!

The so-called International Wall on Divis Street draws coach-loads of tourists every day (“tens of thousands” according to Sinn Féin’s Fra McCann). A new IRSP board affixed to the top of the ‘magic lantern’ mural (see Spreading The Word) warns visitors to take precautions. “Community notice: thieves are operating in this area. Please make sure your valuables are secure and out of sight. Respect our community and visitors. Cease this activity!” Here are articles about the Divis Hoods Liberation Army (DHLA) from 2017 and 2016.
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Thomas Ashe

Here is an update to the mural of Gaeilgeoir, 1916 Volunteer, and hunger-striker Tomás Aghas/Thomas Ashe at the top of the Whiterock Road: a Maid Of Erin harp – familiar from the crest of 1798’s United Irishmen – has been added to the background.
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Na Fianna Ard Eoin

Above is the plaque on Berwick St/Paráid An Ardghleanna to four teenaged members of Na Fianna Éireann who died in 1972 – Davy McAuley, Josh [Joseph] Campbell, Josie McComiskey and Bernard Fox – all four from Ardoyne/Ard Eoin. McAuley died of a gunshot wound, perhaps at a Louth training camp (Nelson McCausland). Campbell was shot in Eksdale Street in a gun battle with the British Army; McComiskey was shot in Flax Street in a gun battle with the British Army; Fox was shot by British Army in Brompton Street. For the tarp, see Purity In Our Hearts; for the 2016 lily, see In The Cause Of Irish Freedom.
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Irish Republican History Museum

The Irish Republican History Museum in Conway Mill is named for Eileen Hickey, a Provisional IRA member who served time in Armagh prison (An Phoblacht obituary), a cell of which is depicted in the image above. Hickey’s portrait is included in a mural opposite the museum.
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Gibraltar And Milltown

Féile An Earraigh – the spring festival in advance of this summer’s Féile An Phobail – includes a series of talks and tours examining the killing of the Gibraltar 3 (l-r, Mairéad Farrell, Daniel McCann, and Seán Savage) and the deaths of (l-r) Kevin Brady/Caoimhín Mac Brádaigh, John Murray, and Thomas McErlean at the funeral, and (two days earlier) Kevin McCracken. Yesterday (March 6th) was the 30th anniversary (“comóradh 30 bliain”) of the Gibraltar killings and the date was noted by the launch of the mural above, at the site of the old Andersonstown RUC station. The photograph in the bottom right was reproduced in the 25th anniversary mural.
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Páirc Mhic Ionnrachtaigh

Gort Na Móna (tw | Fb) play their home games at Páirc Mhic Ionnrachtaigh/Enright Park, named after the local Enright clan and in particular Terry Óg, who was killed by the LVF in January 1998 as he was working as a doorman at Space nightclub (Independent | Irish Times). In addition to football and hurling, he was a boxer, Irish dancer, and – as will be seen in the other mural to his memory – a lover of the outdoors.
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