Stephen Lawrence – Robert Hamill

Londoner Stephen Lawrence was murdered by stabbing in 1993 and, although arrests were made, no charges were brought. A 1998 public inquiry found that the Metropolitan Police Service was “institutionally racist”. In 2012, two of the original suspects were found guilty of the murder (WP). Catholic Robert Hamill was beaten to death by loyalists in Portadown in 1997 while police in an RUC land-rover looked on (WP).

Brompton Park, Belfast. The same board (in slightly different colours) appeared in Artana Street, south Belfast.

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Part Of Our Heritage

“Gaelic games – part of our heritage.” Athletes play hurling, football, and camogie and the local GAA club Ardoyne Kickhams (tw) is celebrated. “Is treise dúchas ná oiliuint” means “heritage is stronger than upbringing”. “Fáilte go dtí Ard Eoin” (“Welcome to Ardoyne”)

Havana Way, Belfast

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Ériu

Ardoyne Fleadh Cheoil gets a new mural in Brompton Park, Belfast, featuring “Eire [Éire] (Éiru [Ériu]) A queen of the Tuatha Dé Danann slain at the battle of Tailtean [Tailteann] (Telltown [Teltown], Co. Meath) 688 BC.” She is placed in a neolithic setting and is releasing a dove which flies off in a trail of stars. “Meon an phobail a thógáil tríd an chultúr” = “building community spirit through culture”. “Ardoyne Focus Group”.

Here is the previous Ard Eoin Fleadh Cheoil mural in this location.

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Freedom Hath Arisen

“It is not those who can inflict the most but those who can endure the most shall win.” (Terence MacSwiney). Those “from the Ardoyne, Bone, and Ligoniel who died because of Ireland’s troubles” are commemorated on the Celtic cross (which dates back to 1976). The plaque (dating at least to 1993) reads “Oft from prison bars, oft from battle flashes/Oft from heroes’ lip, oftenest from their ashes.” and includes names of deceased IRA and Sinn Féin members killed up to 1972, and civilian locals. M01787.

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It’s Black And White!

The Holy Cross dispute of 2001 (WP) is compared to desegregation in the southern United States in the wake of Brown v. Board Of Education in 1957 (WP). The left panel is a rendition of an iconic image of Hazel Bryan hectoring Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine (WP), in Little Rock, Arkansas. The orange sweaters of the central children echo that of the child in the red coat in the (almost entirely black-and-white) Steven Spielberg movie Schindler’s List. “Everyone has the right to live free from sectarian harassment.” Estoril Park, Belfast.

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