“I dtreo poblacht nua – towards a new republic – conference. Millennium Forum Derry. Speakers include Pearse Doherty TD, George Quigley, Michael McLoone, Martin McGuinness, MLA amongst others. Ag aontú Éireann – uniting Ireland.” The conference was organised by Sinn Féin. Basil McCrea of the UUP also spoke (Jude Collins).
“Welcome to west Belfast”. West Belfast is portrayed as a place of music, sport, and dancing, whose landmark buildings and streets are under the watchful eye (and sword) of the goddess Ériu.
The image of the little boy with the “I [heart] Belfast” stickers and a bag of sweets, standing in the waste ground of Divis flats, is a photograph from the early days of Féile An Phobail/West Belfast Festival.
On the Divis Street side, characters in the style of cartoonist Cormac (see e.g. Notes) are “Promoting west Belfast tourism” for “Fáilte Feirste Thiar”, “www.visitwestbelfast.com“. The attractions touted are: “Bop at the August “fleadh”. “Craic agus ceol” (for Robert Ballagh’s dove coming out of the concrete block, see Féile An Phobail 2008), “The only thing you have here is “choice”. Tar isteach agus (lig do scíth)”. “Bain sult as. Tá mé ag éisteacht le Raidió Fáilte 107.1 FM”, “For more ideas on things to do, visit Oifig Fáilte at An Chultúrlann. There’s really nice food there too! at Caife Feirste”, “If it’s history you want go on a cemetery tour “City or Milltown””, “Enjoy a walk on ‘Sliabh Dubh’ (The black … … mountain)”, “Make sure you visit the “Irish republican history museum” at Conway Mill” (with ‘Long Kesh University Of Freedom’ sweater; “Sinn Féin touts” is not a sweater but graffiti.)
Sinn Féin hoardings in Andersonstown, first at the former Andersonstown RUC barracks supporting Martin McGuinness as Sinn Féin candidate for “The people’s president” and then two at Connolly House, again supporting McGuinness and announcing the (now passed) Sinn Féin Ard Fheis: i dtreo poblacht nua – towards a new republic.
“Make a difference – Join RNU – Be committed – Stand as one – Implement 12th August Agreement! – End strip searches – End controlled movement.” Cogús is the POW department of the RNU, no longer on-line at http://www.republicannetwork.ie. The board is on the rear of Free Derry Corner, which has its own Visual History page.
“Is Gaeil sinne” [we are Irish-speakers]. Pobal mural on Northumberland Street promoting the work in abhcóideachy/advocacy, cearta/rights, forbairt phobail/community development, straitéis/strategy, taighde/research, faireachán/monitoring, ealaíon/arts, carried out in Teach Uí Chorráin in Ionad an Dá Spuaic [Twin Spires], and the “Tá” campaign for “acht na Gaeilge” an Irish-language act.
“Justice for Gerry. No to Diplock courts. Stop the show-trial. Your support is needed.” Gerry McGeough was arrested in 2007 for the attempted murder of off-duty UDR soldier Sammy Brush. His trial took place in February, 2011 and republicans rallied to support him (Fb); he would be convicted and sentenced to 20 years, of which he would serve 2 (WP).
“Join Amnesty and take action for human rights worldwide.” Amnesty painted two murals on Northumberland Street, Belfast, one on each side of the security gates. This is the lower, CNR, one, showing the global poverty caused by natural resources extraction by large corporations (Amnesty).