Green, White And Bronze

The new Michael Conlan mural, on Violet Street, painted by Marty Lyons.

Notable for how quickly it went up (Conlon (and Barnes) won medals on August 11th), for the sponsorship (by the Beehive and McPeakes), and for the artists’ signatures (below the McPeakes label – click on the image to enlarge).

Boxing is organized on an all-island basis (WP), though at the Olympics boxers can choose to fight for either Ireland or GBNI.

At London 2012, Ireland won four medals in boxing. Conlan, Barnes, Katie Taylor (gold) and John Joe Nevin (silver).

(P.S. The Nevins are travellers (WP) and Mr and Mrs Nevin could not find an establishment in Mullingar where they could watch the fight – they had to go out of town to a pub where they weren’t known. )

Here’s a picture of the mural in progress. (Replaces the Celtic mural.)

Other Olympians: In London, a mural of Usain Bolt. In the U.S., a mural was painted of gymnastic champion Gabby Douglas. Irish/Northern Irish Olympians in Belfast. Anti-corporate Olympics mural.

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text: X00584 michael conlon, the beehive, mcpeakes, XXX olympiad london 2012, violet street

Never Actually Existed

The new mural on the international wall, in the style of Punch (and other) magazines’ portrayal of the Irish.

The Punch portrayal is described, and Punch named explicitly, in the song ‘Do Me Justice’ a.k.a. ‘Here I Am From Donegal’ Click for Lyrics. Audio: Frank Harte (full song) | Len Graham (clip)

WP entry on the Roma

“The Big Begorra” is a play on The Big Issue, a newspaper published on behalf of, and sold by, homeless people.

“the evening edition collapsed” is a reference to the Belfast Telegraph‘s decision to cease printing an evening edition

This mural does NOT contain a reference to the ‘Free Marian Price’ (WP | FB) campaign, which all of the other murals on the international wall currently (summer 2012) do. It is also sponsored, has an artist’s signature (political cartoonist Ian Knox, a.k.a. Blotski (WP) – pictures of the launch) and date (9 August, 2012 – for Féile 2012) and it has social network tags.

(Replaces a black-and-red ‘Oppose Racism’ mural, which replaced the Liam MacCarthy Cup mural.)

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text: X00581 No Irish need apply; we’re projections of 19th century anti-Irish prejudice—we’ve never actually existed;west against racism network’ big begorra issue; whereas I ethnoid steriotypus their creator, have existed since time imemorial; my latest target—the Roma!; I hope you’ll swallow all the lies I concoct; Hey—what was the outcome of the harassment of the Roma newspaper sellers?’ the evening edition collapsed!