Give Sectarianism The Boot

There have been various ‘give sectarianism the boot’ campaigns over the year. This one is not an appeal to bring players from both sides together using sport but criticism of Belfast City Council’s decision to remove a portacabin from the grounds of East Belfast FC (Fb | tw) due to lack of planning permission, as well as perceived inequality in funding compared to clubs in nationalist communities (Facebook).

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The Northern Crusades

Crusaders – off to a perfect start of two wins – travel the mile and a half across north Belfast to Solitude to  play Cliftonville at 3 this afternoon in the north Belfast derby. Today’s images are of the mural outside Seaview and the scene from the run-up to the team’s Irish Cup win over Ballinamallard (BBC-NI). In meetings between the two, Crusaders lead 151 wins to 84 (WP).

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One Of Ulster’s Finest

“In memory of Gary McCann (Magoo) – one of Ulster’s finest. GBNF [Gone but not forgotten].” In addition to being a Linfield supporter, McCann was also a volunteer in the Village UVF. He died in 2016. See The Battalion Of The Dead.

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Welcome To The Shankill Road

A new ‘Welcome To The Shankill (Road)’ mural in Gardiner Street, replacing the one that had been there since (at least) 2009 (see Welcome To The Shankill).
The mural is a version of the old Beverley Street ‘welcome’ mural (by Blaze FX), with the same four panels (parades/bonfire, blitz, sports, murals) and the same three hands. But instead of “Proud, Defiant, Welcoming” we now have “Proud, Resilient, Welcoming”. (I Am Not Resilient in the lower Shankill complains that the word is used to justify neglect and/or maltreatment.)
It escaped no one’s notice that Irish is not included among the many languages expressing a greeting. Also Ulstèr Scots. (Also French, for some reason. Polish is included – “Witamy”). (See similarly “No Irish” in the lower Shankill estate but also All Flags Are Welcome in Divis, which omitted the Union Flag.)
The claim that the Shankill area dates back to AD 455 is used in The Original Belfast. The claim was made by the Greater Shankill Partnership.
Despite the appearance of bricks, the main panel is not in fact a mural but a board.
Held over from the old mural are the two strips of ‘famous faces’ on the left and right (see below).
Images of the July 10th launch from sponsors Alternatives.
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Idols Of The Tribe

A holy trinity of Liverpool FC flag, the west Belfast “peace” line, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Finn Square, Belfast.
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Britain Remembers

Although not completely visible in the image below, the ‘Britain remembers’ Remembrance Day flag includes the Ulster Banner, the flag of NI parliament until 1972, rather than the St Patrick’s Saltire. This is also the flag used by the Irish Football Association, the governing body of soccer in NI, to represent its teams, as is shown by the personalised supporter’s plaque in Cosgrave Heights. The organisation’s name derives from the fact that the body pre-dates partition and used to govern the whole island and not just “our wee country”.
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The Boys In Blue

Linfield FC is a south-Belfast soccer club. The 1961-1962 season is one of two seven-trophy seasons in the club’s history, the first being 40 years previously in 1921-1922 (WP).
Vanguard Bears is a Rangers supporters club.
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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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Rangers Ready

Rangers Football Club, founded in 1873, has its home in Glasgow, Scotland but has a large following among Northern Irish Protestants. Union Street, Portadown.
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Balor

Balor and eight other panels in an alley linking the Falls with Ross Road, shortly before redevelopment of Ross Cottages. For individual images of many of the pieces, see Fáilte Go Dtí Bóthar Na bhFal.
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