Rangers 1690 Champions

Rangers were Scottish Premier League champions in 2008-2009. They also beat Falkirk 1–0 in the final of the 2009 Scottish Cup championship (WP). They rode to victory thanks to a nacho Novo goal.

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Absent Friends

Sir Edward Carson founded the Ulster Volunteers with James Craig in 1912. At the outbreak of the Great War, its volunteers served in the British Army in the 36th (Ulster) Division and died on the fields of Flanders. “Here lies a soldier.”

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Welcome To New Mossley

Scenes from Ballyearl Drive around the Twelfth. The new mural includes both the 36th and 16th Divisions. The UVF/YCV/RHC emblems on the upper border remain from the previous UVF murals.

Included from right are Lilian Bland Mayfly 1910, Pattersons [Spade Mill], Mossley Mill, Army Cadet Force, New Mossley Flames and 20th Old Boys (local soccer teams), “Septem in uno surgent’ [seven rise as one] is the motto of Newtownabbey, created in 1958 from “the seven ancient villages of Whitehouse, Whiteabbey, Jordanstown, Glengormley, Whitewell, Monkstown and Carnmoney” along with an additional 20 townlands (Belfast Forum).

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Fianna Éireann 1909-2009

“Fuair siad bás ar son saoirse na hÉireann” [they died for the freedom of Ireland]. Na Fianna Éireann [warriors of Ireland; IRA youth] were begun in 1909 by Countess Markievicz and Belfast man Bulmer Hobson (WP). They took part in the Easter Rising of 1916. The role of honour lists deaths from 1969 to 1984 – the Troubles. After the Agreement, the Fianna are affiliated with Republican Sinn Féin and the Continuity IRA. At the corner of Beechmount Avenue and the Falls Road – see the Visual History of this wall.

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Fir Na Pluide/Blanket Men

“Fir na Pluide: i ndiaidh do Rialtas na Breataine stadás polaitiúil a tharraingt siar i 1976 mar chuid dá straitéis le Cuma coirpeach a chur ar an streachailt poblachtach. Dhiúltaigh cimí poblachtacha cloí de rialacha príosiún, a chur iallach orthu obair phríosúin a dhéaneamh agus éide phríosúin a chaitheamh. Ar an ábhar sin, séanach éadach ar bith ar na cimí diomaite de phluid agus diútaíodh cead dul amach as a gcilliní nó caidreamh a dhéanamh le cimí eile. Ó 1978-1981 b’éigean daofa gabhal ar stailc folchta agus mar gheall air sin séanadh aiseanna folctha agus leithreas orthu. D’fhulaing siad córas millteanach brúidiulachta a mhair ó 1976-1981 a raibh d’aidhm aige toil na gcimí – cimí óga a bhformhór – a chloí. D’fhag an tréimhse brúidiúil sin a lorg ar chuid mhaith de na cimí agus bíonn an tráma acu go fóill.”

“The Blanket Men: When political status was withdrawn by the British Government in 1976 as part of their strategy to criminalise the republican struggle, Republican prisoners refused to conform with prison rules which demanded that they wear prison uniform and carry out prison work. They were denied any clothing with the exception of a blanket and denied exercise or to associate with any other prisoners. From 1978-1981 prisoners were forced onto a no wash protest, as a result of which they were denied washing and toilet facilities. They were subjected to a regime of brutality that lasted from 1976-1981 aimed at forcing the mainly young protesters to confirm [sic] with prison rules. Many of the prisoners were scarred and brutalised by their experiences and live with the trauma of that time.”

Clowney Street, above the Phoenix.

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