Map

Recommended: Click on the ‘Full Screen’ icon (top right, looks like a camera viewfinder) to see a larger version of the map.

This is a map of the murals, graffiti, street art, and memorials, both past and present, in Belfast/Béal Feirste/Belfawst, London-/Derry/Doire/Derry and elsewhere in Northern Ireland.

At present (early 2022), there are roughly 650 murals and 230 pieces of street art in Belfast. A spreadsheet of current murals can be found at shorturl.at/lmqrB .

There are more than 5,000 pins on this map, of the following types and colours:

Key – Pin Types
Dot: Image (Mural/Board/Stencil-Image)
No Dot: Words (Graffiti/Banner/Stencil-Word)
Thumb-Tack: Memorial plaque/stone/garden, Building, Scene

Key – Pin Colours
Blue: PUL (Protestant/Unionist/Loyalist)
Green: CNR (Catholic/Nationalist/Republican)
Red: Non-Sectarian

Click on a pin for information about, and (at the bottom) a photograph of, each work.

Many locations, over time, have been the site of multiple artworks; these are listed in temporal sequence and the photographs are likewise presented sequentially.

For each work, information is presented in the following order, separated by semi-colons:
Title/Description ;
Date of creation ; (“und” = unknown)
Artist(s) ; (“unk” = unknown)
Blog post link(s) ;
Reference number of image(s) ;
Years floruit ;
Any other information

Artists – some abbreviations:
“GK” = “Gerard ‘Mo Chara’ Kelly”
“DD” = a Short Strand artist
“ML” = “Marty Lyons”
“MD” = “Michael Doherty”
“DC” = “Dee Craig”
“JS” = “John Stewart”
“ROM” = “Risteard Ó Murchú”
“LQ” = “Lucas Quigley”
“BA” = “Bogside Artists”

Reference numbers:
“X” and a five-digit number indicates the Extramural Activity collection;
“M” and a five-digit number indicates the collection of Peter Moloney;
“R” indicates the books of Bill Rolston (R91 = Politics & Painting, R1, R2, R3, R4 are the Drawing Support series) there then follows a page or plate number;
“A” and a three-digit number indicates the collection of Alain Miossec;
“C” and a five-digit number indicates the Tony Crowley collection at CCDL, images used with permission – for full size images search http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/mni with “mni” then the five-digit number, e.g. mni00627
“J” and a four-digit number indicates the Jonathan McCormick collection at CAIN; for images, go to https://cain.ulster.ac.uk/mccormick/search_murals.htm and enter the four-digit number in the ‘Description’ field
“D” and a five-digit number indicates the collection of squire93@hotmail.com
“S” and a five-digit number indicates the (anonymous) collection of S

In the list, the order of areas covered is:
west Belfast – CNR
west Belfast – PUL
north Belfast
east Belfast
city centre
south Belfast
Antrim
London-/Derry
Strabane to Bangor

City borders, “peace” lines, and outlines of old neighbourhoods have also been drawn on this map. Huge thanks to PRONI and SpatialNI for making historical maps available at https://apps.spatialni.gov.uk/PRONIApplication/

Map copyright © 2012-2022 Extramural Activity. Downloading of the KML (or linking to the KML for live updating) is permitted for personal use only. For all other uses please contact extramuralactivity@gmail.com

Please send corrections to extramuralactivity@gmail.com

Please send offers of funding to extramuralactivity@gmail.com

5 thoughts on “Map

  1. Sam Leikind 2021-11-14 / 1:35 pm

    Is the mural that says The Red Hand of Ulster still there? It’s the one with the cut off hand of Ó Néill clutching the shores of Ireland. Can you tell me the exact location of it if the mural is still there?

    Thank you.

    • Extramural Activity 2021-11-14 / 10:18 pm

      This wall (off Shankill Pde) was redeveloped out of existence in stage 1 of the rebuild (circa 2014).

      • Sam Leikind 2021-11-18 / 12:53 am

        Are the murals listed on this website updated? Like are they removed from the map when they get taken down? There’s still some masked gunman murals in Belfast and in areas near Belfast right?

      • Extramural Activity 2021-11-25 / 11:35 pm

        Sam – Yes, no, yes. The map is primarily intended to serve as a historical record rather than as a guide to current murals – we update the years floruit as best we can (which will give you a sense of what might still be showing in 2021, which does include a good number of ‘hooded gunmen’ murals) but we don’t remove murals that are no longer showing.

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