The Spirit Of The Age

The Hill Street Bar Band, originally painted by Glen Molloy (Fb) on the hoarding around a the construction at the Harp bar, has relocated to the courtyard of the Dark Horse. Shown above are Nathan Connolly, Una Healy, (and Gary Lightbody); below are Van Morrison, Bap Kennedy, Brian Kennedy, Fatboy Slim.
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Our Struggle Continues

Óglach Charlie Hughes was O.C. of PIRA D Company (“the dogs”) in west Belfast. He was killed in March 1971 as part of the feud between the OIRA and the Provisionals. PIRA volunteers, including Charlie and cousin Brendan Hughes (“The Dark”), had burned down OIRA drinking den The Burning Embers, across from Charlie’s house on Balkan Street, and were moving on to The Cracked Cup on Leeson Street, but were met with gunfire. Hughes was killed later that night, after a ceasefire had been agreed, by a single shot (WP | a 2002 account by The Dark).
The other figure shown is Palestinian skyjacker Leila Khaled (see also Oppression Breeds Resistance).
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Front & Sides

The two derelict houses at the top of the Springfield Road have had a make-over, with a paint-job and fake windows showing curtains and lamps. As can be seen in the two images below, the sides remain the same, with the Ballymurphy Massacre on one side and the Mass Graves Of Ireland mural on the other. Here’s a “before” view on Google Maps.

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Irish Republican History Museum

The Irish Republican History Museum in Conway Mill is named for Eileen Hickey, a Provisional IRA member who served time in Armagh prison (An Phoblacht obituary), a cell of which is depicted in the image above. Hickey’s portrait is included in a mural opposite the museum.
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Gibraltar And Milltown

Féile An Earraigh – the spring festival in advance of this summer’s Féile An Phobail – includes a series of talks and tours examining the killing of the Gibraltar 3 (l-r, Mairéad Farrell, Daniel McCann, and Seán Savage) and the deaths of (l-r) Kevin Brady/Caoimhín Mac Brádaigh, John Murray, and Thomas McErlean at the funeral, and (two days earlier) Kevin McCracken. Yesterday (March 6th) was the 30th anniversary (“comóradh 30 bliain”) of the Gibraltar killings and the date was noted by the launch of the mural above, at the site of the old Andersonstown RUC station. The photograph in the bottom right was reproduced in the 25th anniversary mural.
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No Such Thing As Failure

“There is no such thing as failure, just different levels of success – Terry Óg Enright.” The Terry Enright Foundation was set up in April 2002 in tribute to the cross-community and youth worker who was killed in a sectarian attack in 1998 (see Páirc Mhic Ionnrachtaigh). Its emblem is a kayaker, as the Foundation includes the opportunity for Level I and II certificates in kayaking in its Youth Leadership programme.
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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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Time For Truth

Since the 14th, the Time For Truth Committee on its Facebook page has been rolling out videos by relatives who lost family members to British Army or loyalist paramilitary attacks during the Troubles. This Saturday, February 25th, sees a march in support of their call for investigations into these and other deaths. “Fírinne anois! Ceartas anois!” (Truth now! Justice now!)
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Join Today

This Ardoyne hoarding for Saoradh the “revolutionary republican party ” (web | fb), uses a pike (for 1798 Rebellion), the Sunburst (traditionally used by Fianna Éireann), and the Starry Plough (from the Irish Citizen Army of the Easter Rising). Cut off at the top is a red star of socialism.
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IRA

Here is a final small board from London-/Derry/Doire reproducing or at least harkening back classic images of the armed republican campaign. This one shows a hooded volunteer brandishing an assault rifle. Previously: Sniper At Work  | Join The People’s Army | Beir Bua | Behind Barséistigí | IRA
In the background is an “End internment” IRPWA (prisoner welfare) board.
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