Fight Bigotry, Fight Racism

“Cur stad le ciníochas” [“put an end to racism”]. WARN (West Against Racism Network) mural putting anti-Irish sentiment (in London 1966 – “No blacks, no dogs, no Irish“) in parallel with racism against modern-day immigrants to Belfast.

Divis Street, Belfast

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Copyright © 2005 Peter Moloney

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Máire Drumm At Bodenstown

Wolfe Tone  is buried in Bodenstown graveyard, Co Kildare, and every year republicans make a pilgrimage there to commemorate his role in the United Irishmen’s 1798 Rebellion and the beginning of Irish nationalism. In 1972, the address was given by Máire Drumm, vice-president of Sinn Féin, a position she held until she was assassinated in the Mater Hospital by the Red Hand Commando in October 1976.

“Ní síocháin gan saoirse … thinker and doer, dreamer of the immortal dram and doer of the immortal deed. We owe to this dead man more than we can ever repay him. To his teaching we owe it that there is such a thing as Irish nationalism. And to the memory of the deed he nerved his generation to do. To the memory of 1798 we owe it that there is any manhood left in Ireland …”

Divis Street, Belfast

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INLA Fallen Comrades

“In proud memory of our fallen comrades, Irish National Liberation Army” Danny Loughran, Rose Campbell, Matt McLarnon, Bonanza McCann, Nancy Tumelty, Gino Gallagher, Anthony Dornan. “If you strike us down we shall rise again and renew the fight. You cannot conquer Ireland. You cannot extinguish the Irish passion for freedom. If our deed has not been sufficient to win freedom then our children will win it be a better deed.” “Erected by the Irish Republican Socialist Ex-Prisoners Memorial Committee.” Christian Place, Belfast.

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Fáilte Go Dtí Bóthar Na bhFal

“Failte go dtí Bothar na bhFal” [Welcome to Falls Road]. From left to right (images top to bottom): Balor, Fomorian enemy of the Tuatha and other mythological characters; Celtic FC (not shown); more heroes perhaps including Nuada; stag with harp player; swans; water sprite (not shown; see X00752); Janus/cross/dolmen/fáilte; and (facing the previous murals) swan with signatures (not shown); a dolmen.

Ross Cottages, Belfast.

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Suicide Strategy

A ‘suicide strategy’ for “N of Ireland” languishes in the dustbin of 10 Downing Street, unlike strategies for Scotland, England, and Wales. The mural is produced by “Beechmount Community Youth Project”. To the right are messages to the recently deceased: “In one 2 week period 13 young men in north Belfast took their own lives”, “In one three month period 15 suicides in west Belfast occurred”. Beechmount Avenue, Belfast.

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