The Blind Piper

“Is bheo ár cheoil fós” [Our music lives still]. The Blind Piper is a painting (original) by Joseph Haverty (WP), here placed in the context of north Belfast’s Cave Hill. Sponsored by North Belfast Cultural Society.

Brompton Park, Ardoyne.

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Copyright © 2002 Peter Moloney

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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.

Berwick Avenue, Belfast

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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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The New Lodge Six

“Time for the truth”. Two of the New Lodge 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, February 3rd-4th, 1973. Donore Court, Belfast

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Markets Volunteers

The portraits are of Tony Nolan, Joseph Downey, Frank Fitzsimons, Joey Surgenor, Paul Marlowe, Jim Templeton, and Brendan Davison, all of whom were IRA volunteers (Templeton, aged 15, was in the Fianna) and all of whom died in and around the Markets. (Their names would be added to the mural.) This mural replaces Firing Party and is based on the photograph included in Victory IRA. Friendly Way, Belfast.

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Copyright © 2002 Peter Moloney