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).

Click to enlarge (to 1700 x 1390)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f3.5, 1/500 ISO 80, full size 4272 x 3492

Click to enlarge (to full size)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/2000 ISO 400, full size 1968 x 2473
X06618 X06619

Wee Elf

Work by Wee Nuls (Nuala Convery | ig | web) in Kent Street, Belfast, for HTN.

Click to enlarge (to 1500 x 1258)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f3.9, 1/80 ISO 250, full size 4380 x 3672
X06599

Another World

In addition to inking tattoos at Shankill Road’s Cusick Tattoos (tw | Fb | ig), Kamil Lodynski (Cultivar) painted the electrical box out front.

Click to enlarge (to full size)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/160 ISO 200, full size 2592 x 3888

Click to enlarge (to 1600 x 2504)

Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/40 ISO 200, full size 2484 x 3888
X06546 X06545 

Forever Broke, Never Broken

Work by Malarko (ig | tw | Fb) (formerly Malarky) on the shutters of Dawson’s Music in Royal Avenue, Belfast. Replaces DMC’s Beauty To Behold.
Click and click again to enlarge (to full size)
Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/200, ISO 400, full size 2996 x 2246
X06720

Mankind Vs Mother Nature

Multiple versions of ourselves, the same but a little different. Work by emic (web | tw) for Hit The North, in North Street, Belfast.
Click and click again to enlarge (to 2000 x 1500)
Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f3.9, 1/80, ISO 250, full size 4896 x 3672
X06600

Pinky And The Brain Share A New Domain

Arlene Foster (Pinky) and Michelle O’Neill (The Brain) in the grasp of Theresa May (Elmyra Duff). The two genetically-modifed mice are hell-bent on world domination but being only mice lack the power to implement their plans. Elmyra is obsessed with pets while being oblivious to their needs (WP), an allegory for what Brexit is doing to Northern Ireland politics. Mural by Paul Doran, Mark Ervine, and Naomi Ervine in the no man’s land between the security gates on Northumberland Street. With sponsorship from Springboard Opportunities (tw | Fb).

Click to enlarge (to 2000 x 1534)
Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4.4, 1/200, ISO 80 , full size 4788 x 3672
Click to enlarge (to 1800 x 1112)
Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/100, ISO 200 , full size 3744 x 2312
X06508 X06509

The Octopus’s Garden

Watery work by NOL (Fb | tw) for HTN 2019 in Kent Street (replacing the Kryat Dragon).
Click and click again to enlarge (to 2000 x 1278)
Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f3.5, 1/640, ISO 80, full size 4488 x 2868
X06681

Masked Republican Mercenaries

The Strategic Policy and Resources Committee of Belfast City Council decided on the 8th to remove two east Belfast bonfires built on council-owned land, carparks at the Avoniel leisure centre and in Ashdale Street, after staff arriving for work reported being threatened (BBC), perhaps by bonfire-builders reacting to the removal of tyres in Lismore Street (ITV) (see A Vote For The IRA). In response, builders of the Avoniel pyre removed its tyres, lowered its height, and moved it further away from buildings, but the Council affirmed its decision. A crowd of about 400 gathered to protect the site on Tuesday evening (BBC) and barricaded the site. The graffiti shown above appeared, calling contractors “masked republican mercenaries” and vowing that if they interfered they would “Attack loyalism at your own risk!!!” On Wednesday (1oth) the Council committee again affirmed its decision (Ailerain) but expressed concern over information of possible UVF involvement (Belfast Live) supplied in a letter from the PSNI (Mark Simpson).  (The mural is the background is a UDA one. See Northern Island.) The barricades were removed on Wednesday (as the image below shows). A contractor hired to remove the fire pulled out (BBC) on Wednesday evening. A “cultural celebration” was held throughout the night (BelTel).
The Ashdale Street fire was moved to a different location, near the Oval (BBC) and was set alight last night (BelTel).
Click and click again to enlarge (to 2100 x 1238)
Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/125, ISO 100, full size 4860 x 2760
Click and click again to enlarge (to 1800 x 1200)
Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/160, ISO 100, full size 5615 x 3744
X06682

Respect

Two images today from our Portadown correspondent of the ‘Respect’ mural in the bus shelter (painted November 2018) along with (in the second image, below) the bonfire currently in place in Killicomaine, Portadown, sporting Paratroop flags and an Ulster Banner – to be taken down before lighting.

Copyright © 2019 Dean Weir
X06670 X06671

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.
Click to enlarge (to 1900 x 1308)
Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4.7, 1/250, ISO 80, full size 4288 x 2952
Click to enlarge (to 1800 x 1015)
Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f8, 1/125, ISO 100, full size 5616 x 3168
Click to enlarge (to 2000 x 1136)
Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f3.6, 1/320, ISO 80, full size 4288 x 2436
Click to enlarge (to 1850 x 1220)
Copyright © 2019 Extramural Activity
Camera Settings: f4, 1/400, ISO 80, full size 4896 x 3228
X06650 X06649 X06653 [X06651] Marty Lyons Micky Doherty