UVF North Down Brigade

This mural mixes the Ulster Volunteers who fought at Somme, Ypres, Arras, Thiepval, St Quentin, Grandcourt, Messines, Fricourt with local volunteers from the modern-day UVF: William Hannagan, William Lightbody, Stephen Campbell, Stuart Allan, Keith McKinstry, Eddie Moreland, Michael McKeague, Thomas O’Brien, Jim Moore, David Stirling.

Across the street from a UDA mural.

M05955a [M05954] [M05953] [M05952] [M05951]

Copyright © 2010 Peter Moloney

Emigration

A bald eagle carrying a medallion reading “Commonwealth of Kentucky. (Dan Boone led the settlers into Kentucky, according to the mural previously in this spot.) United we stand, divided we fall” flies alongside a sailing ship carrying Ulster-Scots emigrants to the United States (the outer jib shows a thistle surrounded by shamrocks). Abbot Gardens, Newtownards.

M05947

Copyright © 2010 Peter Moloney

Blair “Paddy” Mayne

Robert Blair “Paddy” Mayne was a rugby player, boxer, golfer, and solicitor, and in WWII a commando and one of the first members of the SAS (Special Air Service), participating in raids behind enemy lines in Egypt and Libya (depicted in the board above), and later, as SAS commander, in France, Belgium and other countries. His many decorations, including the DSO (four times) and French Croix De Guerre and Legion D’Honneur, are pictured below. His WP page includes an explanation of the ribbon bars.
Mayne was born in Newtownards and returned there at the end of the war. His statue stands in the town’s Conway Square and this board can be found in Queen Street.

M05944 [M05945] [M05956]

Copyright © 2010 Peter Moloney

Gone But Not Forgotten

“In memory of all our fallen comrades both in the 1st WW Battle Of The Somme and the fight against republicanism from the officers and volunteers of Newtownards – East Belfast Ulster Volunteer Force. Gone but not forgotten.” WWI regimental flags are suspended above the memorial. The actual Scrabo tower, depicted in the left medallion, is visible to the right of frame.

[M03680] M03681

Copyright © 2007 Peter Moloney

The Union Jack

“The Union Jack – its construction and how to use it. ” The text describes the composition of the Union Flag from the St George’s Cross, St Andrew’s Saltire, and St Patrick’s Cross, and how to fly it properly: “In flying the flag, the broad white stripe of the cross of St Andrew should be next to the mast.” Also shown are Britannia astride the globe, a king and queen, a lion, naval boats and a sub, the flowers of the “home nations”, Titanic, and Belfast city hall with a H&W crane in the background. Blenheim Drive, Newtownards.

[M03678] M03679

Copyright © 2007 Peter Moloney