Ballybeen UFF

UFF emblem between Ulster Banner and Union Flag, Strone Park, Belfast.

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Our Wee Country

This Lord Street mural celebrates the accomplishments of the Northern Ireland soccer team: British champions in 1914, 1980, and 1984 – the last year the “Home Championship” was held and so the trophy (at left) is held by the IFA; World Cup qualifiers in 1958 (Sweden), 1982 (Spain), and 1986 (Mexico). The original trophy, by Jules Rimet, is shown in the third panel; it was kept by Brazil when it won for a third time in 1970. With sponsorship by the East Belfast Historical And Cultural Society. Replaces J2706 “Magnifico Viva Norn Iron”.

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Sean Martin

IRA Volunteer Sean Martin is at the centre of these panels in Beechfield Street, in the Short Strand, Belfast. The image in the apex of the house depicts his death in nearby Anderson Street (which no longer exists; roughly where Arran Street is). milltowncemetery.com (link now dead) reports that Sean Martin “was killed in April 1940 during a lecture on arms and a Millis hand grenade in a small terrace house in Anderson Street. In the course of the lecture Sean, who was giving the instruction, had dismantled the grenade, and was putting it together again. The detonator which he was using was thought to have been a dud one. In demonstrating how to throw the grenade, he pulled out the pin and released the lever. Hearing the hissing sound of the fuse he realised that the detonator was live and that the grenade was about to explode. He rushed to the window with the intention of throwing it out on to the street, but some children were playing outside. In the few seconds left to him, Sean had to make that terrible choice; shouting to the others to get out of the house – he pulled the grenade into himself with his two hands and leaned over the kitchen table with the grenade covered by his whole body. The device exploded and blew him right across the kitchen, killing him instantly. All the others escaped uninjured.” The Irish at the bottom reads “Grádh níos fearr ní raibh ag duine na a bheo a thabhairt ar son a chomrádaithe” – a translation of John 15:13.

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We’re Not Brazil, We’re Northern Ireland

“My players are national heroes and have achieve immortality in Northern Ireland folklore …” – Lawrie Sanchez, NI manager. Sanchez was manager from January 2004 to April 2007, when he left to take over Fulham. Under his direction, the team scored notable victories over Spain in a Euro 2008 qualifier and a one-nil victory over England in a World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park. The goals from these games are included in this youtube video of the song We’re Not Brazil; We’re Northern Ireland.

With sponsorship from the East Belfast Historical And Cultural Society.

Montrose Street South, Belfast.

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Concessions Given

“Since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in April 1998 the following concessions have been given :- Republicans: Prisoners released, facilities at Westminster, visas to the USA, army-police stations closed, home battalions of the RIR disbanded, on the runs allowed to return, Columbia 3 remain at liberty, bias against Protestants in employment practices, Sean Kelly child murdered set free, increased [sic] in investment, access to shared roads denied, loyalist culture eroded, £26.5 million pay off. The loyalist people of east Belfast demand:- equality, parity of esteem, shared access to main arterial routes, no bias in employment practices, cultural equality, equal investment, effective accountable policing. This is not equality, this is not parity of esteem, this is not what the Good Friday Agreement was meant to deliver.” Or, in short “Them’uns get everything and we get na’hin.” Vicarage Street, Belfast.

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Ballybeen Remembers

The “UVF” on the storage units would be painted over, leaving only the memorial to the 36th (Ulster) Division. The Ballybeen RHC memorial mural on the side would remain until the building was redeveloped and both murals were replaced by a memorial garden. Craignish Crescent, Davarr Avenue.

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