The Blind Piper

“Is bheo ár cheoil fós” [Our music lives still]. The Blind Piper is a painting (original) by Joseph Haverty (WP), here placed in the context of north Belfast’s Cave Hill. Sponsored by North Belfast Cultural Society.

Brompton Park, Ardoyne.

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It’s Black And White!

The Holy Cross dispute of 2001 (WP) is compared to desegregation in the southern United States in the wake of Brown v. Board Of Education in 1957 (WP). The left panel is a rendition of an iconic image of Hazel Bryan hectoring Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine (WP), in Little Rock, Arkansas. The orange sweaters of the central children echo that of the child in the red coat in the (almost entirely black-and-white) Steven Spielberg movie Schindler’s List. “Everyone has the right to live free from sectarian harassment.” Estoril Park, Belfast.

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Markets Volunteers

The portraits are of Tony Nolan, Joseph Downey, Frank Fitzsimons, Joey Surgenor, Paul Marlowe, Jim Templeton, and Brendan Davison, all of whom were IRA volunteers (Templeton, aged 15, was in the Fianna) and all of whom died in and around the Markets. (Their names would be added to the mural.) This mural replaces Firing Party and is based on the photograph included in Victory IRA. Friendly Way, Belfast.

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Wani Waci Yelo

“Wani waci yelo ate omakiyayo” is the opening line of a Lakota healing song (here is a version from Robbie Robertson‘s album Contact From The Underworld Of Redboy) meaning “I am praying because I want to live”. The supplicant in this case is Leonard Peltier, who was convicted of killing two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975 and sentenced to two life-sentences (WP). “Saoirse do Peltier” = “Freedom for Peltier”. “Sign up on line http://www.LeonardPeltierDefenseCommittee” Divis Street, Belfast

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Bietan Jarrai

“Bietan jarrai” is the slogan of ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna [Basque Country and Freedom]) and means “Keep on with both”, referring to the snake (politics) and the axe (armed struggle). “Borrokarako dei eginaz irrintzi bat dabil” means “the call to battle is a piercing one” from the song Batasuna. “Tiocfaidh ár lá” is Irish for “Our day will come”.

Divis Street, Belfast

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