Loyalist Monarch

Graffiti on the electrical boxes near the Broadway roundabout, marking the western edge of the (PUL) Village: “Loyalist Monarch [Street]”, “FTIBA“, “KAT” [Kill all Taigs [Catholics]], “ATAT” [All Taigs are targets], “The young, the brave, the fearless – YCV”, “Village UVF”.

In the background is the 2010 Monarch bonfire.

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If Carlsberg Watched Bonfires

Signage on the 2010 Monach bonfire: “Michael Quinn weres [sic] your ball. Ward 3 South [?of Belfast City hospital?].” “Fuck ur IBA” [a gang of young hoods from CNR St James’s]. And “If Carlsberg watched bonfires, DRL [Dongall Road Loyalists] wuda [“would have”] been [the] best watched bonfire in the world.” There is also a swastika at the bottom. On the night, there was rioting at the site (BelTel).

The other Donegall Road bonfire (at the City Hospital) was set burnt out early (BelTel) and on the night there was a hit and run (BelTel).

Monarch Street, Belfast, in the old industrial estate.

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United Hope

“United Hope – Artist Joanna Vance. Workshops were held in partnership with community representatives, ethnic minorities and members of staff. The project theme was project diversity, allowing women to explore issues such as similarity and difference, ethnicity and race and belonging. After discussions it was decided that the mural should include users of the centre from the community and staff also that it would be completed in black & white with empowering words running through it, as these represent what the centre means to women on a daily basis.”

Kilburn Street, Belfast.

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Common Sense

UDA commander John McMichael was also secretary of the New Ulster Political Research Group (NUPRG), a think tank of the UDA/UFF. The group argued for an independent Northern Ireland (based in part on beliefs about a separate Ulster ethnic identity) in two documents, 1979’s Beyond the Religious Divide and 1987’s Common Sense (available at CAIN), promoting the philosophy of ‘Ulster nationalism’, depicted here by the free-floating Northern Ireland. McMichael ran unsuccessfully for the Belfast South seat after the murder of Robert Bradford (see To Bathe The Sharp Sword Of My Word In Heaven).
“As John McMichael stated before his untimely death, we must share the responsibility for finding a settlement and share the responsibility of maintaining good government. He left us hope.”

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Give Sectarianism The Boot

This is just one of the nine kids and local community boards (five from the Charter Youth Club, four from the Sandy Row Womans Group [sic]) at the blind end of Blythe Street, Belfast. The panel in the middle right of this one is of kids taking part in “Give Sectarianism The Boot” an initiative of the IFA and Community Relations Council.

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