I Love Lasagne

Here are just nine pieces of tags/writing in Belfast – seven in the city centre, mostly from TMN [The Most Nasty] krew, and two from east Belfast

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Justice Denied

The “Craigavon 2” are Brendan McConville and John-Paul Wootton; they were convicted of the 2009 murder of PSNI constable Stephen Carroll. The “set up by MI5” and/or “appeals sabotaged” on the RNU board shown above is a reference to the claim that MI5 agent Dennis McFadden had infiltrated the campaign for justice for Brendan McConville (Irish News). Also at this site are graffiti about Noah Donohoe and an anti-drug-dealer board from Saoradh.

The earliest JFTC2 post on Extramural Activity is from 2013.

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Football For All

Cumann Spóirt An Phobail (Fb | ig) is an all abilities (and all ages – starting at age 5) soccer club based on the Ballymurphy Road in west Belfast. The club was profiled in the Irish News in late 2020. “CSP Abú”

The murals are in Springhill Avenue; for the community mural at the blind end of the road, see Inspire, Uphold, And Make Happy; for the pro-Palestinian murals, see Grasping The Barb, David And Goliath and Over Time.

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A Bird’s Eye View

Buildings go up, buildings come down, buildings go up again. And in the meantime, gulls and taggers leave their marks.

Previously: The Verticality Of The Divine

Between Donegall Street and Little Donegall Street, Belfast.

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Sailing On A Strange Boat

Valerie Armstrong died in July 2016 after being knocked down by a teen on a scrambler motorbike while walking in Colin Glen (BBC). The memorial plaque is on a disused dinghy at Mila’s Lake, near where she was struck.

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Glory Days

Henrik Larsson left Glasgow Celtic for Barcelona in 2004, after scoring 174 goals in 221 appearances (WP), but he replaced Katie Taylor as an inspiration to the kids at Victoria Nursery in the New Lodge. (Her faded right shoulder is still visible in the bottom left corner of the image below; for the whole thing, see School Of Champions.)

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Sweets For My Sweet

For a trip down memory lane, check out the wide variety of sweets available from Old Time Favourites, including the foam shrimps and bananas painted by Pigment Space (Fb | ig) on the side of the shop in Winetavern Street, Belfast.

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Unsung Heroes

“The young and the old rallied around/To help fight the forces of the British crown/Unsung heroes too many to name/Defended Unity flats and never sought fame”. Unity flats were built in 1968 to replace the old Carrick Hill but immediately came under repeated attack by loyalists from the nearby Peter’s Hill and Shankill; by 1987 their demolition had been approved but because of difficulty in rehousing residents (Hansard), the new Carrick Hill was not completed until 2009 (BelTel). The flats have a Facebook page, Growing Up In Unity Flats. The plaques shown today are on the side of the newsagents in the new Carrick Hill.

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Up

Work is well under way on the main floors of a new 12-storey student accommodation that will tower over the houses in Stephen Street (in the middle-ground of today’s images); the construction involves Lacuna Developments, Farrans Construction, and Plantavi and is due to be completed in spring 2023. For a timeline of the development, see SkyScraperCity.

The plot along Carrick Hill remains vacant – see Dense for the board (in the second image) calling for traditional family housing.

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Yo Ho Ho Ho

Pirate Santa flag opposite the Con Club on the Newtownards Road, Belfast.

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