Wide shot showing the low wall between the two “Ulster’s defenders” murals: “Our message to the Irish is simple: Hands off Ulster; Irish out; The Ulster conflict is about nationality”, and “We will maintain our faith and our nationality” above images of the Bible. Newtownards Road, Belfast.


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Who Will Defend Ulster Now?


In 1992 the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) – which itself replaced the B Specials in 1970 – was amalgamated with the Royal Irish Rangers to become the Royal Irish Regiment. Although seven battalions of the new RIR were permanently based in Northern Ireland, the mural above describes the two organisations as “Ulster’s Past Defenders” and asks “Who will defend Ulster now?”

Newtownards Road, Belfast


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UVF East Belfast Regiment


An ornate UVF coat of arms, with the UVF symbol on an Ulster banner shield, topped by a crown and surrounded by an arrangement of roses, thistles, and shamrock. With masked volunteers with pointed weapons, in front of Union flag and St Andrew’s Saltire. Chelsea Street, Belfast


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How Is Freedom Measured?


The bottom half of this mural in Redcliffe Parade, Belfast, shows UVF volunteers “then and now” (“Ulster 1914″ during WWI and in contemporary times). On either side of that are Protestant housewives, defending the homestead: How is freedom measured? By the effort which it costs to retain it” and “Deserted! Well, I can stand alone.”

The upper portion shows a rare (though not unique) version of the red hand of Ulster, giving a “V for victory” salute (and so we can see nails on three digits) and dancing in boots on an Irish Tricolour which lies between an Ulster Banner and a Union flag.


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East Belfast Roll Of Honour


East Belfast roll of honour, with T[ommy] Herron, the leading UDA man of the early 70s, at the centre. Redcliffe Parade, Belfast. The others named are: Boyd, Douglas, Turkington, Watters, Welsh, Stratton, W. Warnock, Mitchell Jr, Craig, Clark, McVeigh, Mitchell, Livingstone, Reid, R. Warnock, Petherbridge. “Quis separabit”


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Wood & Howes


Derek Wood and David Howes were two British Army corporals, killed on March 19, 1988, during the funeral of IRA volunteer Caoimhín Mac Brádaigh/Kevin Brady, who was killed by Michael Stone at the funeral of the Gibraltar 3. The mural shows a soldier in stained glass, as well as portraits of the two corporals. “We will remember them.” Mersey Street, Belfast


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