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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The Celtic Football Club

Glasgow Celtic football club (in Scotland/Albain) celebrated its centenary in 1988 and to celebrate the occasion it switched its badge for a season from the familiar four-leaf clover (shown in the second image) to a celtic cross, based on the club’s original badge, which was a cross against a red background (which can be seen at Re-brand Celtic). Friendly Street, Belfast.

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Lives Were Given, Lives Were Taken

“In proud and loving memory [of] republican activists who dedicated their lives to a noble cause”. “To those who come to think and pray remember well the price they paid. Lives were given, for our country to be free, lives were taken, to keep us on our knees. From 1916 to the present day our struggle continues, our enemies the same. But we know, and they know, that one day our country will be united, Gaelic, and free.” The cross in the foreground is dedicated to Louis Scullion, an IRA volunteer from Unity Flats who was shot by the British Army in July 1972. Plunkett Court, Belfast. M02287 M02288

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They Were Faithful And They Fought

Two images from the memorial garden in South Link, Andersonstown, Belfast to volunteers from the First Belfast Brigade (céad cathlán den Briogáid Bheal Feirste), members of the “republican movement” and “the civilians who died at the hands of the British Army, RUC, UDR, and loyalist extremists”.

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Murdered By SAS Cowards

“David Devine, Michael Devine, Charles Breslin – murdered by SAS cowards.” The three IRA members, aged 16, 22, and 20, were shot by SAS soldiers while returning arms to a dump in a field outside Strabane on February 23rd, 1985. The incident prompted accusations of a ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy, as there was no attempt at arrest.

Springhill Park, Strabane

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McGurk’s Bar

“In memory of the fifteen innocent civilians murdered by a pro-British loyalist gang in a no-warning bomb attack on McGurk’s Bar, Dec. 4th, 1971.” “In memory of those who tragically lost their lives and all those who were injured as a result of the explosion.” These are two memorials at North Queen Street and St George’s Street, Belfast, the site of the former bar, now a Westlink underpass. The “pro-British loyalist group” is thought to be the UVF, though at the time, it was claimed by a little-known group the “Empire Loyalists” (WP).

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Éire

This Short Strand mural packs a lot in, beginning with both ancient Éire and a celtic cross. Its main panels commemorate 25 years of resistance in east Belfast (probably dating to the Battle Of St Matthew’s in 1970) with portraits of 14 deceased locals (“I measc laochra na nGael go raibh a nainmeacha”) and two verses from Bobby Sands’s poem Weeping Winds (see below). On the right (in the second image) is a quote from Bobby Sands: “Our revenge will be the laughter of our children”. These verses are also used on a board in St James’s.

Oh, whistling winds why do you weep/When roaming free you are,
Oh! Is it that your poor heart’s broke/And scattered off afar?
Or is it that you bear the cries/Of people born unfree,
Who like your way have no control/Or sovereign destiny?

Oh! Lonely winds that walk the night/To haunt the sinner’s soul/
Pray pity me a wretched lad/Who never will grow old.
Pray pity those who lie in pain/The bondsman and the slave
And whisper sweet the breath of God/Upon my humble grave.

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