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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text: X04019

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.

Rebels’ Unrest

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Four banners on the front of the Rebel’s Rest in west Belfast: “Cothaigh meon na saoirse/Nurture the spirit of freedom”, “Decolonise your mind”, “Welcome to west Belfast, poverty capital of the six counties”, and (visible below) “PSNI/MI5/British Army not welcome in this area” (one of several of these boards placed in various republican areas – the one at the end of the International Wall is included below). For previous stencils from 2014, see The Rebel’s Rest.
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text: X03824 X03823 X03497 falls rd divis st

Tír na nÓg

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In the myths of the Tuatha Dé Danann, the Fian Oisín falls in love with Niamh from the Land Of Youth, but after three years — which is 300 human years — he yearns to return to Ireland. She gives him a magic horse that will preserve his youth while he remains on it. But he falls from it and dies of old age.
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text: 03631 central drive, london-/derry/doire

Culann’s Hound

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“Cú Chulainn” is Irish for “Culann’s Hound” after the boy Setanta killed the smith’s hound and promised to take its place until another one was raised. In one version of the legend, Setanta kills the original hound by driving a sliotar (hurley ball) down its throat. On the right hand side, Tuan the hawk/eagle/sea-raven bears witness to all of Irish history.
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