George Washington

“If defeated everywhere else I will make my final stand for liberty with the Scotch-Irish (Ulster-Scots) of my native Virginia.” George Washington commanded the Continental Army during the revolution and served as the first president of the United States beginning in 1789. His ancestry was English and the quote is undocumented, the closest being this statement from McKinley. The note in the corner reads “History records that almost half of Washington’s army were Ulster-Scots”; the basis for this claim might be General (Charles?) Lee’s report that “half the rebel Continental Army were from Ireland.” (See Chapter 2 of Bagenal, The American Irish and their Influence on Irish Politics.)

Previously:Theodore Roosevelt | James Buchanan.

Ebrington Street Lower, Londonderry


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James Buchanan

“My Ulster blood is my most priceless heritage.” James Buchanan, 15th president of the United States, was born in Pennsylvania to an Ulster-Scots father from Donegal (WP).

This is the second in a series of murals about Ulster-Scots presidents called “From pioneers to presidents”. Buchanan’s mural would also later be painted in Belfast. Previously: Theodore Roosevelt.

Ebrington Street, Londonderry.


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Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense

For the fiftieth anniversary of her coronation in 1953, a portrait of Elizabeth the second, Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. She is surrounded by the flowers of Ireland (shamrock), England (rose), Wales (daffodil), Scotland (thistle). “Shame to he who thinks bad of it” is in Anglo-Norman French. Bond’s Place, Londonderry.


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Briogáid Dhoire

The IRA Derry Brigade memorial at the shops on Racecourse Road, Derry, includes quotes from Robert Emmet (not: Emmett) – When my country takes her place among the nations of the Earth, then and not until then let my epitaph be written – and the Easter Rising proclamation – We declare the right of the people of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies to be sovereign and indefeasible – in both English and Irish.

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O’Doherty’s Keep

Here are two memorials from O’Doherty’s Keep in Buncrana, Co Donegal, originally a 14th century Norman Castle. Cahir Rua O’Dogherty/O’Dochartaigh/O’Doherty was a Gaelic lord loyal to the Queen of England (in opposition to the O’Donnells), but launched a rebellion, perhaps to settle a score with Sir George Paulet, governor of Derry, who was harassing the remaining Gaelic lords. O’Doherty was killed in the battle of Kilmacrennan in 1608 (WPWP).

The other is to leader of the United Irishmen, Wolfe Tone, who was arrested in Lough Swilly in 1798 and held in Buncrana Castle before being moved to Derry and then Dublin, where he was executed.

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End Siege Of Short Strand

Short Strand is a Catholic enclave of about 1,000 people in Protestant east Belfast. Throughout 2001 and 2002, the interface saw gun battles and rioting between the two factions. Here is a Guardian account of events in 2002. Above is a rejection of the new PSNI “There are many reasons for not joining the PSNI – this is just one” with a series of wanted posters (seen Collusion! Collusion! and Collusion Is State Murder plus one of Patrick Mayhew). Both parts by Ógra Shinn Féin. Divis Street, Belfast.

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