Tá Ár gCultúr Beo

Tá Ár gCultúr Beo (“Notre culture est vivante/La nostra cultura e viva/Our culture is alive”) was painted by Mo Chara Kelly with help from the local youth. The red parts of the mural use a translucent medium that Kelly had become acquainted with while painting in the United States (An Phobal A Phéinteáil 10) that allow additional figures from modern Ireland (left) and Celtic Ireland (right) to be seen. The winged figure (repeated four times) is a heron that he found in a book of Celtic designs while serving time in Long Kesh.

The mural was the first of four projects in Springhill facilitated by the Upper Springfield Development Trust as part of a “West Belfast Arts & Heritage Trail” (as per the plaque just out of view to the right) or “Public Arts Trail”.

Springhill Avenue, Belfast

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Copyright © 2010 Peter Moloney

No Water Charges!!!

This BBC page gives a brief history of water charges in Northern Ireland up to 2009, eight years after they were originally to be introduced. The protesting board above – “No water charges”, below an Ógra Shinn Féin board, is in Bridge Street, Strabane.

“Join Ógra Shinn Féin. Shaping the Ireland of tomorrow – a voice for the youth of today. ‘Everyone has their part to play’ – Bobby Sands.”

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Copyright © 2009 Peter Moloney