Gateway To West Belfast

Fáilte Feirste Thiar‘s second mural (the first is outside its offices in the middle Falls – see Go West) reinforces the claim that (republican) west Belfast begins as soon as you cross the motorway, five minutes’ walk from the city centre. Coiste’s tour of republican murals begins at Divis Tower and the new mural already seems to be drawing tourists – see the final image, below. The previous Coiste mural (M04900) has been deleted and incorporated into the mural, promising touraists “a unique walking tour by former political prisoners”.

The mural is a mix of landmarks – the new Raidió Fáilte building (which is located just below the mural), Divis tower, St Peter’s, Conway Mill, the so-called “international wall” of murals, the Bobby Sands mural, the Falls library, the new James Connolly centre, Cultúrlann, and Milltown cemetery – cultural images (Irish dancing and Féile An Phobail) – and sporting images (clubs include Immaculata ABC, Gort Na Móna GAC, St Paul’s GAC). A gay pride ‘rainbow’ stripe runs below the Divis Street portion. Before the previous mural was painted (M07533), there was a Gateway To Belfast board at this spot.
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The Conlan Revolution

Michael Conlan (tw | ig) won his first title and tenth professional bout on Saturday night (December 22nd), in Manchester, by defeating Englishman Jason Cunningham (BBC). He features here in one of the new murals on the Fáilte Feirste Thiar offices alongside the traditional Gaelic games of hurling, camogie, football, and handball.
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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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Crom Abú

O’Donovan Rossa GAC (web | tw | Fb) dates back to 1916, just one year after the death of republican Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa (at whose funeral Padraig Pearse gave the oration – “The fools, the fools …”). “Crom abú” is a war-cry of the ancient FitzGeralds as they attacked the O’Donovan fortress at Crom, Co. Limerick. Some of those fleeing eventually settled in Rosscarbery, Co. Cork, which is where Jeremiah was born in 1831. The sword is a symbol of justice, the snake of wisdom.
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Hoops, Stripes, Rings

Lisburn boxer James “The Assassin” Tennyson, current Irish super-featherweight champion, (BoxRec | tw) provides the centre-piece between soccer and gaelic games in this Glenbawn mural: on the left, the Celtic Boys Club (tw | web), established 1983) and Gaelic games club Seán Uí Mhistéil (web | Fb) originally formed in the New Lodge in 1899.
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Bunscoil Croí Sácráilte

Fáilte go dtí bunscoil Croí Sácráilte (Welcome to Sacred Heart primary school). Three school-children are shown in Cliftonville soccer and Antrim hurling strips, as well as in the school’s black uniform.
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Ard Mhacha

Armagh were All-Ireland Senior Football champions in 2002, beating Kerry by 1-12 to 14 points – their first and (so far) only All-Ireland.
For the Ryan Burnett board to the right in the wide shot, see Undisputed Champion.
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Léana An Dúin CLG

Léana An Dúin/Lenadoon Avenue has a new GAA sports mural painted by Michael Doherty.
The mural is located in the heart of the community, surrounded by dense housing and at the local shops where there is a taxi rank and bus stop.
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Betting Sports

Sporting mural on the side of Sean Graham’s bookmakers. Ireland’s leading goal-scorer Robbie Keane is on the left. Cú Chulainn plays hurling in the centre. (See also the mural on Casement Park M05144.) The boxer on the right is John Caldwell, a champion from the 1950s and 1960s from Cyprus Street (WP). Painted by a Short Strand artist at the junction of Whiterock and Falls roads.

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Hurling

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Celtic design and various designs featuring the GAA and especially hurling, on Bóthar Chaitríona in the St. James area. The piece above was replaced by a stencil of Che Guevara and the main panel by a Cliftonville-Celtic mural, in 2013.
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