The People Arose In 69

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This is (as of 2016) the oldest continuously maintained mural in Belfast (in Clowney Street). It was touched up in 1987 and 1990, and was repainted in 2013. It features a central phoenix and the shields of the four provinces, and two rhyming couplets: The people arose in 69/they will do it again at any time. Maggie Thatcher think again/don’t let our brave men die in vain.

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Copyright © 1981 LC

O’Casey/Break Thatcher’s Back

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The quote on the left is from Sean O’Casey, not Bobby Sands MP: “You cannot put a rope around the neck of an idea; you cannot put an idea up against the barrack-square wall and riddle it with bullets; you cannot confine it in the strongest prison cell that your slaves could ever build.”

On the right, an H-Block blanketman is on his knees, protesting for (political) “status now”, surrounded by barbed wire and two flags on halberds: the Irish Tricolour and the Starry Plough.

Rockmore Road, Belfast

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Copyright © 1981 LC