Free J Adair Now

UDA brigadier Johnny “Mad Dog” Adair was imprisoned from 1995 to 1999 but had his early released revoked in 2000 because of the feud with the UVF and was sent to Maghaberry. He was released in May 2002 but again imprisoned in January 2003 (WP).

Cliftonpark Avenue, Belfast.

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An Gorta Mór

An Gorta Mór is the Great Famine, or the Great Hunger among those who point out that there was plenty of food in Ireland in the late 1840s, just not made available to peasants. Of a population around eight million, a million people died and a million more emigrated. “They buried us without shroud or coffin” is a line from an unrelated Seamus Heaney poem Requiem For The Croppies. “Ardoyne Art & Environment Project”. In 2004, “Emigration” was incorrectly spelled with two “M”s – see the post at Extramural Activity.

Ardoyne Avenue, Belfast

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The Mass Rock

Mural commemorating the repression of Catholicism and use of mass rocks as secret locations c. 1650-1800 under and after Cromwell. “Is í an charraig seo ionad adhartha ar náithreacha áit ar cothaiodh an creideamh do na glúnta a bhí le teacht.” “This rock is our ancestors’ centre of worship, where religion was preserved for the generations that were to come.”

Ardoyne Avenue, Belfast

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By Any Means Necessary

“We declare our right on this Earth to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being, in this society, on this Earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary.” The quote comes from Malcolm X’s speech at the founding of the Organization For Afro-American Unity, in which the phrase “by any means necessary” is used repeatedly. “Malcolm X: Inter-national. By Mike Alewitz/Labor Art & Mural project, USA. Special thanks to: Sean Colligan, Bill R, Mickey Doc, Danny Devenny & Radical Artists, Ardoyne Fleadh Comm.”

Ardoyne Avenue, Belfast

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Serving The Community Through Transport

“This mural honours black taxi drivers who were murdered in this conflict”, including the eight named in the ‘roll of honour’ on the right: Michael Duggan, Jim Green, Harry Muldoon, Paddy McAllister, Caoimmhin [sic] McBradaigh (killed at Milltown), Thomas Hughes, Hugh Magee, Padriag Ó Cleirigh. “In memory of all taxi drivers, public and private, who were murdered by loyalist/British crown forces  during the conflict serving their community through transport.” Ardoyne Avenue, Belfast. For a similar mural on the Falls, see Serving The Community.

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Comms

Two of the three comms (“communications”, messages by H-Block prisoners on tobacco paper or toilet paper and smuggled from wing to wing or to the outside) reproduced in this mural describe the decision to undertake the hunger strike (written by Bobby Sands) and the reaction to his death (from Ardoyne man Bik McFarlane to “Brownie” – Gerry Adams). The three describes a beating received by Ardoyne resident and blanket man Brendan McClenaghan. Ardoyne Avenue, Belfast

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Stephen Lawrence – Robert Hamill

Londoner Stephen Lawrence was murdered by stabbing in 1993 and, although arrests were made, no charges were brought. A 1998 public inquiry found that the Metropolitan Police Service was “institutionally racist”. In 2012, two of the original suspects were found guilty of the murder (WP). Catholic Robert Hamill was beaten to death by loyalists in Portadown in 1997 while police in an RUC land-rover looked on (WP).

Brompton Park, Belfast. The same board (in slightly different colours) appeared in Artana Street, south Belfast.

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Part Of Our Heritage

“Gaelic games – part of our heritage.” Athletes play hurling, football, and camogie and the local GAA club Ardoyne Kickhams (tw) is celebrated. “Is treise dúchas ná oiliuint” means “heritage is stronger than upbringing”. “Fáilte go dtí Ard Eoin” (“Welcome to Ardoyne”)

Havana Way, Belfast

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Ériu

Ardoyne Fleadh Cheoil gets a new mural in Brompton Park, Belfast, featuring “Eire [Éire] (Éiru [Ériu]) A queen of the Tuatha Dé Danann slain at the battle of Tailtean [Tailteann] (Telltown [Teltown], Co. Meath) 688 BC.” She is placed in a neolithic setting and is releasing a dove which flies off in a trail of stars. “Meon an phobail a thógáil tríd an chultúr” = “building community spirit through culture”. “Ardoyne Focus Group”.

Here is the previous Ard Eoin Fleadh Cheoil mural in this location.

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