Times Tables

Southcity Resource & Development Centre (Fb) provides (among many other services) a ‘homework club’ on Tuesday afternoons. They have put up the times tables in four locations around the Village that will encourage kids walking to and from school to practice their maths. The set shown here is in Roden Street; the others are in Lemberg Street, Nubia Street, and Tavanagh Street – below this UVF hooded gunman.

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All Children Have Rights

The Bogside Inn and bogside shops have been razed and “exciting plans” made for a new development (Derry Journal). All that remains at present is the electrical station near Durrow Park, and all that remains of the murals along Meenan Square is the final panel shown above: “All children have rights and these rights must be protected.”

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Key Workers

This is the Keyworkers mural in front of the Shaftesbury recreation centre (web), created in August 2020 (Fb), in the first few months of the Coronavirus pandemic. A child wearing a mask is watering the rainbow of drivers, NHS, nurses, doctors, social care, community workers, volunteers, and shop workers that arches over the shops and buildings on the Ormeau Road along the Lagan and in front of the City hospital and City Hall.

Also on the rec centre: In The Paint

Balfour Avenue, Belfast

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We’re All Mad Here

This mural of characters from Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – including the Mad Hatter, shown above – was painted back in August (or late July) with about twenty feet of purple-painted wall to the right but there has been no advance made on it since then. Also included are the White Rabbit (or possibly the March Hare), the Cheshire Cat – speaker of our title quote – and Alice herself.

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N Howard St

Highfield Festival

Plans for the Highfield estate were drawn up and approved in 1945, converting a green-field site in the foothills of Black Mountain between the Ballygomartin, West Circular and Springfield roads. The first houses were completed in 1948 (Belfast Forum.) The community hall sits at the centre of the estate. UDA bomb-maker Michael Wright died there in a premature explosion in 1980 (Sutton) and there used to be a UFF mural on the side. This was replaced in 2000 (C01505) and again in 2006(?) (M04512) with the current mural (entitled “Whiterock Festival” after the cross-community event sponsored by the City Council’s ‘Good Relations’ fund (one | two) showing Highfield kids having fun with music provided by a DJ, band, and the Whiterock Flute Band (Fb) drum.

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Imagine

This mural of a skateboarder emerging from a girl’s reading replaced a Red Hand Commando mural (see D01242) at the Brooklands Road entrance to the estate in the mid 2000s. The lettering from the former mural is beginning to bleed through – above the window can be seen “Ballybeen [C Company]” and below it, “Ulster’s Elite”.

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Dream

The word “dream” in multiple languages around 40 images of children – 8 each in five panels on Oxford Street. This is the first/left-most one.

By Rita Duffy on Oxford Street, Belfast.

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Páistí Na Carraige

Stories from mythical Ireland including the Children Of Lír, Oisín & Niamh, and the Salmon Of Knowledge are depicted in a 2006 mural painted by Mo Chara with the children of the Whiterock Children’s Centre. Whiterock Road, Belfast.

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Mountainhill Youth Club

The new mural at Mountainhill Youth Club follows the same format as its predecessor, with the left side being social messages directed at kids and the right being “the village [i.e. Ligoniel] in older times”.

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Lower Oldpark Community Action Group

These are the murals on either side of the Lower Oldpark Community Action Group in Alloa Street. The office might already have been vacated, as the building will be demolished this summer (the office moved to Avoca St).

Above, children play marbles in the street; below, the Oldpark Carnegie Library (Fb) stand beneath Cave Hill and a signpost points the way to old streets in the area that were named after rivers of Ireland: Lee St, Shannon St, Foyle St, Bann St, Suir St, Liffey St.

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