The War Isn’t Over

These graffiti and small boards are on the fence around Dove Gardens as it is rebuilt. “God bless the Loughgall martyrs” and “Oglaigh na hEireann” and “IRA rule” aim to establish the CIRA and RIRA as simply the IRA. For “Free Colin Duffy” see Freedom Is A State Of Mind.

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50 Aniversario Cuban Revolution

“50 aniversario Cuban Revolution 1959-2009. Comhgairdeas a mhuintir Chúba! [Congratulations, people of Cuba!] Caoga bliain den réabhlóid. [Fifty years of the revolution.] ‘We have no right to believee that freedom can be won without struggle’ – Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara Lynch. Ógra Shinn Féin.” International board in Meetinghouse Street, Strabane, with portraits of Fidel Castro and (Jim Fitzpatrick’s) Che.

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Gateway To West Belfast

The power station below Divis tower, rather than the so-called International Wall a little further up the road, is becoming the starting point for (republican) west Belfast. Visitors from around the world are greeted in a variety of languages. The board is sponsored by Gort Na Móna Historical Society. Above it is a Fáilte Feirste Thiar [Welcome To West Belfast] tarp: “Promoting west Belfast tourism”.

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Coiste Political Tours

“Over 40 years ago, the presence of this flag on this street unleashed a vicious campaign of discrimination and violence against this community lasting decades … 45 years on this flag can flow freely from every corner… all flags are welcome on this road and so are you … fáilte go dtí west Belfast .” The incident referred to is the “Tricolour Riots” of the 1964 Westminster election campaign, in which the IRA’s Billy McMillen (shown in the middle) stood for office. Armed police raided his Divis Street headquarters and removed a Tricolour in the window. An Phoblacht has an account of the election and events. The US Stars & Stripes is included prominently in the array of flags, but the Union Flag is absent. Coiste’s website is now coiste.ie rather than .com.

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