Ulster Defence Union

2000 mural placing Ulster Freedom Fighters/Ulster Defence Association (UFF/UDA) in historical context of the Ulster Defence Union. The motto of the organisation was “Quis separabit” (which is the same as the UDA’s). The Union faded away in the 1910s, but the name was revived by the UDA in 2007 (NewsLetter). The manifesto was launched on St Patrick’s day 1893, in response to the 2nd Home Rule bill. Membership was closed on June 1st, by which time 170,000 people had signed up (Bygone Days).

A side wall would later be added along with other small changes made during a repaint: “UFF member” would be moved below the gunman and “Est.” on both sides would become “Formed” – see X00284.

Hopewell Crescent, Belfast.


Copyright © 2005 Peter Moloney

2 thoughts on “Ulster Defence Union

  1. Sam Leikind 2022-06-22 / 2:59 pm

    Such a legendary mural. Such a shame it was taken down. But I get why it happened. Hopefully I can find hooded gunman murals in Belfast and other areas of Northern Ireland. I’m sure they are there. It’s just a question of finding them. I do have the Google Spreadsheet of the murals. But it takes a while to find them because I have to search for them on the map on Extramural Activity, then find them on Google Maps and then I don’t know how updated the Google Maps Street View is.


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