Northumberland Street

Introduction
Northumberland Street runs between Divis Street and Shankill Road, one of several streets connecting republican and loyalist west Belfast. The so-called International Wall on Divis Street is the southern perimeter of Andrews Flour and this wall continues up Northumberland Street (western perimeter) and around into Beverley Street (northern perimeter) where it is finally interrupted by a gate into the plant.
There are two sets of security gates across Northumberland Street, part of the exceptionally long “peace” line that divides Springfield from Woodvale, Clonard from the middle Shankill, and Divis from the lower Shankill and Peter’s Hill. These close in the evening (and – until 2012 – were closed entirely on Sundays) thus impeding traffic, including tourist traffic. (The “interfaces” have their own Department Of Justice twitter account.)
Despite a few early pieces of cultural or political graffiti (1998, 2002) and a UFF mural in Beverley Street which served as a territorial marking, the wall doesn’t develop as a site for murals until 2007, well after the Good Friday Agreement. Political pieces begin appearing at the Divis Street end, to the left of the commercial signage – two large advertising hoardings and a few small plastic boards for a local door company – at the corner with Divis Street. Eventually, the political use of the wall would mean that the door company’s ad disappears (in late 2013 or early 2014) and the large hoardings would be commandeered in 2017.
Like the International Wall, the republican works on Northumberland Street are a mix of international and local concerns. In addition to international themes, there have typically been spots for the IRSP/INLA and for latter-day republican groups such as éirígí and RNU (as well as, in 2017, IRA Belfast Brigade 2nd battalion D company).
On the loyalist side (above the gates), a UFF mural on Beverley Street was painted over with street art in 2005, and a ‘Welcome To The Shankill’ mural was painted in 2011. Since then, pieces to the British and Israeli armies have been added.

This page is a work in progress. Links to images will be included as the PMC (Murals) comes on-line and old Extramural Activity images come on-line.
Please note: The ordering used in the entries below moves from right to left, that is, from the junction with Divis Street north towards and into Beverley Street.

1998: Celtic Champions 1998 (C01266) (later RIC Murder Gang)
2002: Johnny Adair Your Next (C01265) (later RIC Murder Gang)
Roll Of Shame Scum (C01264) (later IRSP George Dubya Bush War Criminal)
2004: A long UFF 2nd batt C coy mural on Beverley Street (X00036) probably dating back to the Johnny Adair days (see Visual History 10).
2005: Hidden Treasures street art replaces the UFF mural on Beverley Street (Google Maps), with kids’ signatures on the corner wall with Northumberland St (Google Maps).
2007: blank – [electrical box] – blank – ‘doorways’ ad – End Political Policing (M03787) – RIC Murder Gang (X00165) – Belfast Dockers & Carters Strike 1907 (X00166 X00167) – blank – Beatles Liverpool? (C02023) – blank – [lower gates] – blank – [upper gates] – blank – Hidden Treasure sigs (Google Maps) – blank – Hidden Treasure (Google Maps)
2008-07 (Google Maps)
blank – [electrical box] – blank – ‘doorways’ ad – Bill Of Rights (M03992) (replaces End Political Policing) – RIC Murder Gang (X00165) – Belfast Dockers & Carters Strike 1907 (X00166 X00167) – IRSP George Dubya Bush War Criminal (M04468) – blank – Beatles Liverpool? (CCDL) – blank – Belfast Banksy (X00311) – blank – [lower gates] – blank – [upper gates] – blank -Hidden Treasure sigs (Google Maps) – blank – Hidden Treasure (Google Maps)
2009-09: Peace Day added between the gates (C02020)
2010
blank – [electrical box] – blank – RNU Barry quote (M05631) + RNU crossed spears (M05632) (below ‘doorways’ ad) – Bill Of Rights (M03992) – RIC Murder Gang (X00165) – Belfast Dockers & Carters Strike 1907 (X00166 X00167) – IRSP plough in stars (takes up two spots, three when ISRP Supports Maghaberry is included) (M05630) – IRSP Supports Maghaberry (M05629) – Suicide Under Rug Swept (M05628) – blank – blank – Beatles Liverpool? (C02023) – Have A Party For Peace (M05627) – blank – blank – Stop The Extradition Of Sean Garland (M05625) – blank – blank – Belfast Banksy (X00311) – blank – [lower gates] – Peace Day (C02020) – [upper gates] – blank – Hidden Treasure sigs (Google Maps) – blank – Hidden Treasure (Google Maps)
2011-03/04 (Google Maps)
blank – [electrical box] – RNU Sunburst (M06715) – End The Maghaberry Strip Searches (M06714) (below ‘doorways’) – blank (Bill Of Rights frame only) – RIC Murder Gang (X00165) – Belfast Dockers & Carters Strike 1907 (X00166 X00167) – IRSP plough in stars (M05630) – IRSP Supports Maghaberry (M05629) – Suicide Under Rug Swept (M05628) – Amnesty/Oil/Amnesty (M06128) – Pobal (replaces Have A Party For Peace) (M06602) – Sands Family (M06469) – Stop The Extradition Of Sean Garland (M05625) – blank – Belfast Banksy (X00311) – blank – [lower gates] – Peace Day (C02020) – [upper gates] – blank -Demand Dignity (X00923) – blank – Hidden Treasure (Google Maps)
2011-09 (Google Maps)
blank – [electrical box] – RNU Sunburst (M06715) – End The Maghaberry Strip Searches (below ‘doorways’) – blank (“reserved for Maghaberry POWs”) – RIC Murder Gang (X00165) – Hughes/faces (X01609) (previously Belfast Dockers & Carters Strike 1907) – IRSP plough in stars (M05630) – IRSP Supports Maghaberry (M05629) – Suicide Under Rug Swept (M05628) (half gone) – Amnesty/Oil/Amnesty (M06128) – Pobal (M06602) – Sands Family (M06469) – Stop The Extradition Of Sean Garland (M05625) – blank – Soccer & Hurling – Belfast Banksy (X00311) – blank – Douglass (X02312) – [lower gates] – Peace Day (C02020) – [upper gates] – blank – Demand Dignity (X00923) – blank – Hidden Treasure (Google Maps)
2012-05
Honour Our Patriot Dead (M08093) – Political Status For Republican Prisoners (M08094) – [electrical box] – … – Climate Change Affects Everyone But Not Equally (M08092) – …
2012-09 (Google Maps)

No Queen (M08770) – Political Status For Republican Prisoners (M08094) – No PSNI – [electrical box] – RNU Sunburst (M06715) – End The Maghaberry Strip Searches (below ‘doorways’) – Cogus POWs/Alan Ryan (X00602) – RIC Murder Gang (X00165) – Hughes/faces (X01609) – IRSP plough in stars (M05630) – IRSP Supports Maghaberry (M05629) – Suicide Under Rug Swept (half gone) – Amnesty/Oil/Amnesty (M06128) – Pobal (M06602) – Sands Family (M06469) – Stop The Extradition Of Sean Garland (M05625) – blank – Soccer & Hurling – Irish-Palestinian POWs (X00586) (previously Belfast Banksy) – Climate Change Affects Everyone But Not Equally (M08092) – Douglass (X02312) – [lower gates] – Imagine (X00837) – [upper gates] – blank – Demand Dignity (X00923) – blank – Hidden Treasure (Google Maps)

2012-12
… – Phoenix b&w (X00780) (below ‘doorways’, previously End The Maghaberry Strip Searches) – Christmas POWs/Nollaig Shona (X00780) (replaces Cogus POWs/Alan Ryan) – RIC Murder Gang (X00165) – …
2013-06
éirígí/Stephen Murney/Larkin (X00191) – [ONH stencil on electrical box (X00191)] – RNU sunburst repaint (X00192) – …
2013-08-08
éirígí/blank/Larkin (X00191) – [ONH stencil on electrical box] – RNU sunburst repaint (X00192) – Phoenix b&w (X00780) – When The War Is Over Óglaigh quote (M09239) (replaces Christmas POWs/Nollaig Shona) – Mandela 95th (X01192) (previously RIC Murder Gang) – Hughes/faces (X01609) – IRSP plough in stars (M05630) – Anti-fascism Bodenstown (X01079) – Amnesty/oil/Amnesty (M06128) – Pobal (M06602) – Sands family (M06469) – blank (bookmark) – Workers party (X00673) (previously Sean Garland stencil) – Soccer & Hurling – Irish-Palestinian POWs (X00586) – Climate Change Affects Everyone But Not Equally (M08092) – blank – O’Neill/Beattie bookmark plaque (X01255) – Douglass (X02312) – [lower gates] – Imagine (X00837) – [upper gates] – blank – Union flag stencils (X00922) – signatures/Welcome to the Shankill (X01019) – Amnesty-Demand Dignity (X00923) – blank – Hidden Treasure (Google Maps)
There is now only one significant blank space remaining, above Climate Change. The two images directly below show the wall from Divis St (X01247) and from the bend (X01248). The list above goes further, up to the Beverly Street junction, at which point there are no more murals until the UVF mural at the junction with the Shankill.
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2013-12-28
éirígí/Free Stephen Murney on white/Larkin – [electrical box] – RNU sunburst repaint (X00192) – Phoenix b&w (M09240) – When The War Is Over Óglaigh quote (M09239) – Mandela 95th (X01192) – Hughes/faces (X01609) – IRSP plough in stars (M05630) – Anti-fascism Bodenstown (X01079) – Amnesty/La Historia Es Nuestra (X01476)/Amnesty (M06128) – Pobal (M06602) – Sands family (M06469) – blank (bookmark) – Workers party (X00673) – Unite For Jobs (X01377) – Irish-Palestinian POWs (X00586) – Climate Change Affects Everyone But Not Equally (M08092) – “Reserved” (X01524) – O’Neill/Beattie bookmark plaque (X01255) – Douglass (X02312) – [lower gates] – Imagine (X00837) – [upper gates] – blank – Union flag stencils (X00922) – signatures/Welcome to the Shankill (X01019) – Amnesty-Demand Dignity (X00923) – blank – Hidden Treasure (Google Maps)
The three images below show Northumberland Street up as far as the turn before the security gate. The list just below goes beyond the security gate and as far as the Beverly Street junction, at which point there are no more murals until the UVF mural at the junction with the Shankill. There is still only one significant blank space remaining.
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2014-06-28 Here is a shot of the lower/right-hand portion of Northumberland Street in late June, showing three recent changes: just inside the vanishing point is the Öcalan mural, centre-left is the INLA ‘fallen comrades’ mural, and extreme-right is the Tommy Doherty election mural and coloured phoenix (X01770). The ‘Tommy Doherty’ space with the large RNU panel will be changed frequently
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2014-10-27
Free Gaza/Eirigi (X02021) – Cuts/Larkin – [electrical box] – RNU (just the letters, no sunburst) – Phoenix colour + The Only Secure Community Is An Organised One (‘doorways’ is gone by 2014-05) +  The Popular Front (X02029) (was Tommy Doherty)- Mandela 95th (X01192) – Hughes/faces (X01609) – Gaza/IRSP (X02145) – Fallen INLA Comrades (X02000) – Anti-fascism Bodenstown (X01079) – Amnesty/La Historia Es Nuestra (X01476)/Amnesty (M06128) – Pobal (M06602) – Freedom For Öcalan (X02003) – Workers party (X00673) – Unite For Jobs (X01377) – Irish-Palestinian POWs (X00586) – Climate Change Affects Everyone But Not Equally (M08092) – Bytes Project (X02166) – O’Neill/Beattie bookmark plaque (X01255) – Douglass (X02312 2014-04 John Lewis painted in over Rosie) – [lower gates] – Imagine (X00837) – [upper gates] – blank – Union flag stencils (X00922) – signatures/Welcome to the Shankill (X01019) – Amnesty-Demand Dignity (X00923) – blank – Hidden Treasure (Google Maps)
Three images (going up only as far as the lower security gate).
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… middle …
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… and top.
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2015-04 Free Leonard Peltier in the RNU Phoenix/Organised Community (twitter)
2016-06
Reclaim The Republic/éirígí (X03294) – Poblacht na hEireann (X02987) [electrical box] – RNU (just the letters, no sunburst) – Phoenix colour + The Only Secure Community Is An Organised One + End Forced Isolation (X03292) – Mandela 95th (X01192) – Hughes/faces (X01609) – To Protect And Serve (X03290) – Fallen INLA Comrades (X02000) – Anti-fascism Bodenstown (X01079) – Amnesty/La Historia Es Nuestra (X01476)/Amnesty (M06128) – Pobal (M06602) – Freedom For Öcalan (X02003) – Workers party (X00673) – Build Homes Now (X03496) – remains of Unite For Jobs (X01377) -Irish-Palestinian POWs (X00586) – Climate Change Affects Everyone But Not Equally (M08092) – Bytes Project (X02166) – O’Neill/Beattie bookmark plaque (X01255) – Douglass (X02312) – [lower gates] – Imagine (X00837) – [upper gates] – blank – Union flag stencils (X00922) – signatures/Welcome to the Shankill (X01019) – Amnesty-Demand Dignity (X00923) – They Haven’t Gone Away (X03106) (bookmark) – Patterson Godfather Of The Israeli Army (X02622) – Battle Of Britain (X02994) – Hidden Treasure (Google Maps)
… subsequent changes …
2016-06 Orlando (X03584) replaces RNU
2016-10? Free Tony Taylor (same as the one in Ardoyne) is placed left of the phoenix, and Organised Community is removed.
2016-12 Fidel Castro (X03997) replaces Demand (Dignity)
2017-03 XXXVI (X04049) replaces They Haven’t Gone Away + (part of) Welcome To The Shankill
2017-05 part of Unite For Jobs is marked ‘Reserved – Official Republican Movement (X04120) and then (in 06?) becomes Battle Of The Falls (X04256)
2017-06 Tamil Eelam (X04220) replaces Dignity (Amnesty)
2017-06 Kitchener’s Own (X04199) replaces lower part of Welcome To The Shankill
2017-08? Embrace Change Together (X04423) replaces part of the oil mural between the Amnesty panels
2017-08 Patterson is burnt and a board appears asking Where Is The Reconciliation? (X03690)
2017-08 and 09: The advertising hoarding on the Fall corner is painted out and “Do not touch” written; later a smallish banner of D Coy in 1921 is added (X044664).
2017-09 and 10 Chuckle Babies (X04651) added below Imagine, then covered over in posters for ‘No Walls’, then posters (partly) torn off (X046442)
2017-11 Free The Innocent (X04608) above the Phoenix
Image from early December, 2017 of Divis Street and part of Northumberland Street. The Orlando mural is left of the electrical box and the small D Coy tarp acts as a placeholder for things to come on the advertising hoarding. (X04708)
2018-03: Global Commodity (X04840) is added just above Imagine, filling the space between the gates.
2018-04: The small D Coy tarp becomes the large Our Struggle Continues (X04849)