Charles Kickham

“Charles J. Kickham 1828 – 1882. Patron of Ardoyne GAA [Cumann Lúth Chleas Gael].” Poet and columnist for the Irish People, Kickham was arrested in 1865 after the offices of the paper were raided upon suspicion of organising an IRB rebellion. The local club has had a mural at the top of the street since 1993.

Flax Street, Belfast.


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Ardoyne, The Bone And Ligoniel

“This mural is dedicated to the memory of those local republican activists [34 portraits of volunteers from “A, D, F foireannacha, cathlann 3rú, Briogaid mBeal Feirste”] who devoted their lives to the cause of Irish freedom. Ar son na c[ú]ise. Oglaigh na hÉireann. Unveiled by Sinn Féin councillors Martin Meehan and Margaret McClenaghan.”

“Many suffer so that some day future generations may live in justice and peace – Bobby Sands MP.”

The plaque on the stone is “Dedicated to those friends and neighbours from Ardoyne, the Bone and Ligoniel whose contribution and support to our struggle was and remains invaluable. Aithníonn muid a gcrógacht. Oglaigh na hÉireann. Meán Fómhair 2003.”  Ardoyne Avenue, Belfast.

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Collusion Is Not An Illusion

“Collusion is not an illusion, it is state murder.” “10 people from Ardoyne were murdered with weapons imported by the British government from South Africa by their agent Brian Nelson in January 1988 until 1994. The consignment of weapons smuggled in by Nelson: 200 AK47 rifles, 90 Browning 9mm pistols, 500 grenades, 30,000 rounds of ammunition, 1 dozen RPG7 rocket launchers and warheads.” The police cap on the left is from the PSNI (rather than the RUC), the one on the right is from the UDA.

Ardoyne Avenue, Belfast


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Young Guns

Sixteen year-old Glen “Spacer” Branagh was killed by a premature blast bomb during a riot on Remembrance Sunday, 2001. His portrait is on a board at the centre of UDA flags and guns (and the tigers of Tigers Bay).

“If the Provos and the pan nationalist front and the British and Irish governments keep trying to succeed in a united Ireland then they may prepare themselves for another 30 bloody years for the battle will have just begun.”

The term “Pan Nationalist Front” was used (first by nationalists) to describe the co-operation between John Hume (SDLP) and Gerry Adams (Sinn Féin) in 1994 that led to the IRA ceasefire and the Downing Street Declaration.

Edlingham Street, Belfast.

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The New Lodge Six

“Remembering six sons of the New Lodge: Jim Sloan, Jim McCann, Brendan Maguire, Tony ‘TC’ Campbell, John Loughran, Ambrose Hardy. Murdered by British state forces as part of the occupation of our country on the night of the 3rd and 4th February 1973”. Two of the Six (James Sloan, James McCann) were killed by the UDA outside a bar and four (Tony Campbell, Ambrose Hardy, Brendan Maguire, John Loughran) among the crowd that gathered by British Army snipers from their positions on top of the flats, using night-vision sights. Previously seen in 2002. Donore Court, Belfast.

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New Lodge Volunteers

Volunteers from the IRA’s 3rd battalion, Belfast Brigade, Billy Reid, Sean McIlvenna, Rosemary Bleakley, and Michael Kane are shown walking down New Lodge Road. Gibraltar victim Dan McCann is included in the 16 faces in the apex. The main image is on boards while the knotwork and dedication are on brick. “I measc laochra na nGael go raibh a nanamacha.”

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Brig J McMichael

This mural of UDA A Battalion volunteers, led by John McMichael, is a repainted version of a previous one at the same site (see 1995 M01183 and 2001 M01518). The name of Samuel Curry has been added on the right-most column. The wall in front has been painted with steps (obscured by the cars) with the words “In proud memory of our fallen comrades who lost their lives in the conflict – we forget them not.”


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