90th Anniversary UVF

“Ulster Volunteer Force 90th anniversary 1912-2002.” The modern UVF was formed in 1966 and took the name of the 1913 Ulster Volunteers.

Donegore Drive, Antrim.

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Comradeship, Unity & Discipline

A mixture of modern and latter-day Ulster Volunteers: the names of WWI dead are listed on both sides, while six modern volunteers are portrayed above the central panel of soldiers in a trench. J1835 lists the men in the previous version of the mural as J. Shaw, T. Mawhinney, J. Cordner, C. Logan, S. McCrea, W. Millar.

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Glengormley UVF

UVF Hooded gunmen from the 1st East Antrim battalion. “In dungeon deep I know what fate awaits me/Tied hand and food the foe have bound me fast/And in my haste I pray that God above me/Will grant this wish I know will be my last.” (From Here Lies A Soldier) “In proud and loving memory Vol. Jim McKee.”

Queens Avenue, Glengormley.

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The Young, The Brave, The Fearless

2009 images of the YCV mural on Broadway in the Village, Belfast, seen previously in 2008. The plaque on the side wall reads: “In loving memory of Volunteer Colin Castle, died 17th February 2006. Lest we forget.” The additional wide shot includes the John Hanna mural and (barely visible) the small Gary Hamilton mural (see C05190).

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Lay Them Away On The Hill Side

“Lay them away on the hill side/along with the brave and the bold/Inscribe their names on the role [sic] of fame/in letters of purest gold.” The Ulster Tower at Thiepval commemorates the WWI dead of the 36th (Ulster) Division. The words, however, come from a song about James Daly, who was executed by firing squad for taking part in a 1920 mutiny of the Connaught Rangers in India in protest of the activities of the Black and Tans. Above is the insignia of “UVF South Belfast 2nd battalion” and below is a roll of honour for the battalion: “A salute to the brave/to those men we hold dear/they fought for our freedom/south Belfast volunteers.” Compare this mural to the previous (Here Lies A Soldier), which does not include any reference to the Great War.

On the side of The Hideout, Pine Street.

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Welcome To New Mossley

Scenes from Ballyearl Drive around the Twelfth. The new mural includes both the 36th and 16th Divisions. The UVF/YCV/RHC emblems on the upper border remain from the previous UVF murals.

Included from right are Lilian Bland Mayfly 1910, Pattersons [Spade Mill], Mossley Mill, Army Cadet Force, New Mossley Flames and 20th Old Boys (local soccer teams), “Septem in uno surgent’ [seven rise as one] is the motto of Newtownabbey, created in 1958 from “the seven ancient villages of Whitehouse, Whiteabbey, Jordanstown, Glengormley, Whitewell, Monkstown and Carnmoney” along with an additional 20 townlands (Belfast Forum).

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