Murdered For Their Faith

The simple Celtic cross that served as a memorial below the plaque of the to the five killed in a UDA attack on a Sean Graham shop on the Ormeau Road on February 5th, 1992, has been upgraded with a large plaque bearing portraits of the five victims – James Kennedy, Willie McManus, Jack Duffin, Peter Magee, Christy Doherty.

“This memorial serves as a reminder of the suffering that was caused, the collusion that lay behind it and our determination that truth and justice will ultimately prevail.”

“Erected on the 20th anniversary in loving memory of those that were murdered for their faith. 1992-2012”

Hatfield Street, Belfast

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Léana An Dúin

“Over a third of all children, are growing up in poor households. About 185,000 of households are in poverty, representatin about 502,000 people. Over 148,000 of these are children.” This is in contradiction with the aims of both the Proclamation of Éirí Amach Na Cásca, 1916 – “… cherishing all of the children of the nation equally and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past” – and the Democratic Programme of An Chéad Dáil, 1919 “… to secure that no child shall suffer hunger or cold from lack of food, clothing or shelter, but that all shall be provided with the means and facilities requisite for their proper education and training as citizens of a free and Gaelic Ireland.” The other images are of Béal Feirste 1969, Léana An Dúin 1972, and Na Stailceanna Ocrais, 1981.

This looks very much like a Ristead Ó Murchú creation.

Carrigart Avenue, Belfast

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Towards A New Republic

“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).

Foyle Road, Derry

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1st Battalion Doire Brigade

This is a new version of the Derry brigade board in Westland Street – everything remains as before (see 2010) except for a new picture of the dolmen memorial in Lecky Road.

The scroll in the bottom right reads “I gcuimhne dhíl orthu siud a fuair bás ar son saoirse na hÉireann – In fond & loving memory of those who died in the cause for Ireland’s freedom”.

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Fáilte Go Dtí West Belfast

“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.)

Some in-progress shots from May and July can be seen at Extramural Activity.

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Uachtarán Na nDaoine

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.

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