The Past Comes Back

The “Ulster’s Finest” mural in Monkstown was remarkable for its depiction of two female volunteers, carrying Uzis, the only depiction of female loyalist volunteers (see Rolston ‘Women on the walls’ in Crime Media Culture 14.3, 2018, p. 373). It was plastered over in 1996 because the gable is next to Hollybank primary. Some of the pebbledash wore away in January/February to reveal the mural – still in good condition – beneath (Vintage_UVF).

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In The Lab

This mad scientist was cooked up in the head of Friz (ig | tw | web), a second part of the Botanic hoarding featured yesterday (No Cure).

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No Cure

Work by NOTA and the TMN crew (see previously) on the construction hoarding around the old Botanic Lodge (87-91 Botanic Avenue) Belfast. Work started in December (2019) on two commercial units and 14 apartments above (Future Belfast).

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Let’s Have A Ball

Holly Pereira (web | tw | ig) is an illustrator, muralist, and sign-writer from Dublin who painted a piece in Kent St for HTN 2020.

Previously: Just Because You Feel It, Doesn’t Mean It’s There |

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Rathfern Remembers

For the centenary of the end of WWI (in November 2018) a small board was added to the UFF’s South East Antrim Brigade mural in Rathfern.

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Big Love, Belfast

“Grá mór” [lots of love] on an electrical box in Ardmoulin Street. Artist unknown.

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Apart

Abstract work by Without Matter (ig) for HTN2020.

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Nala Races The Bicycles

Nala bounds ahead so quickly that the bicycles seem to stand still. Work by Conor McClure (ig | web) for HTN2020.

Previously by McClure on ExtrAct: Vaulty Towers | Head On | More Wolf Than Woman | Spring Wings | The Art Of Precious Scars | Walled Garden.

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City Song

Artist and screen-printer Shane O’Driscoll (ig | web) was in Belfast in September for HTN 2020. His Kent Street piece contains some of the same elements as in his ‘Sea Song’ piece for the New Light exhibition this summer.

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Cultúr, Teanga, Comhphobail

“By night and by day, I ever, ever pray/While lonely my life flows on/To see our flag unfurled/And my true love [to] enfold/In the valley of Slievenamon.” The lyrics are the final lines of The Valley Of Slievenamon, written by Charles J Kickham “fenian, IRB, poet, novelist, author” and much loved in Tipperary. The heroic hurler, however, is Cú Chulainn (rather than the midlands’ Fionn Mac Cumhaill). Ardoyne Gaelic games club Ciceam Ard Eoin (tw | Fb) was founded in 1907, 25 years after Kickham’s death.

See previously: (2008) Ard Eoin Kickhams |(2015) The Heart Of Our Community one | two. Also Stronger Together

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