Tamil Eelam

“Eelam” is the ancient Tamil name for Sri Lanka and “Tamil Eelam” is the name of a proposed Tamil state in the north and east of Sri Lanka (shown on the right of the mural) that the Tigers were fighting for. After 26 years of war, the Tamil Tigers were defeated in 2009 but independence (from the majority Sinhalese) is “inevitable” according to this new mural. For an account of commemorations in both Belfast and Derry, see this TamilNet article.
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text: X04221 X04220 northumberland st tiocfaidh ár lá

Fight For Your Rights

The UK general election takes place Thursday week (June 8th). Here are two Sinn Féin boards, both at the junction of the Falls and Glen Roads (site of the former Andersonstown police station), the first featuring the image of Michelle O’Neill and exhorting people to “register to vote now!” (Claragh chun vótáil anois) and the second a quote from Gerry Adams’s oration at the graveside of Martin McGuinness: “If you want freedom, go out and take it. Organise. Mobilise. Unite for rights” (Más saoirse atá uait, gabh amach agus beir greim uirthi. Eagraigh, gríosaigh, troid ar son do chearta.) A copy of Latuff’s Ireland-Palestine hunger-striker solidarity cartoon (which he also painted as a mural in Northumberland St) has been added to Michelle’s lapel.
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An Dream Dearg

Another “Lá Dearg” – organised by An Dream Dearg (the red group) takes place next Saturday with a march from An Cultúrlann to the city hall. The image above shows graffiti in Divis Street; the image below shows posters for the event on the Liú Lúnasa mural.
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Cuir Dúidín Le Chéile

“Put a joint together!” – graffiti in Waterford Street. Also visible: GHQ.
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text: X03945 duidín

Tapaigh An Deis

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People Before Profit are fielding two candidates (Michael Collins, Gerry Carroll) in west Belfast for the Assembly elections. The hoarding above (on the Andersonstown Road) points to “the failure of established political parties” (“theip ar na páirtithe polaitiúla bunaíochta”) and asks voters to “seize the opportunity” for change.
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Cousins

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Cousins Francis Hughes (Ó hÁodha) and Thomas McElwee (Mac Giolla Bhuídhe) were the second and ninth of the 1981 hunger strikers to die. They share a grave in St. Mary’s churchyard in their hometown of Bellaghy, Co. London-/Derry. The image above shows their gravestone “erected by the people of Co. Derry and Co. Antrim”.
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text: X03932 i measc laochra na nGael go raibh a nanamacha oglaigh na heireann IRA

Ár Tae Will Come

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Sinn Féin representatives Paul Maskey (above), Gerry Adams, and Martin McGuinness are photoshopped into these Falls Rolls beverage-themed, Irish-language puns: Ár tae will come, Tiocfaigh [sic] ár látte, and Mocha-ra.
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text: X03829 X03830 X03831 X03832 falls rd siopa báiceareachta na bhfál

Ceart Ginmhillte/Abortion Rights

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Two pieces relating to abortion rights. The first is a piece of Irish-language graffiti in North Street, below Andy Council’s CNB14 Phoenix, signed by “Misneach” (“courage”). The second is a stencil in Garfield Street below Leo Boyd’s Bowie tribute Oh You Pretty Thing: “Need an abortion? Womenhelp.org.”
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Doire Colum Cille 700 AD

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The Christian missionary Colm Cille (in Latin, Columba), born in Donegal, founded a monastic settlement on the banks of the Foyle (then still part of Donegal) around 540 AD. The “Doire” part of the name means “oak grove” and perhaps refers (as the information panel suggests) to “a sacred grove of trees, which may have pre-dated the monastery.” The mural above shows a reconstruction of the Derry monastery c. 700 AD. The name “Londonderry” dates to 1662.
Columba moved on to Scotland circa 563 and founded an abbey on the island of Iona. Among his reputed miracles is the banishment of a great water beast from the River Ness in 565.
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text: X03592 X03593 X03594 Longtower St

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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text: X03817 Nansen St na habair é, dean é. troidimís. dearg le fearg.