Lincoln Court Community Spirit

“Remembering the past … striving for a better future.” A UFF mural in Lincoln Court is re-imaged. The four boards show …
1970s: “Defence” UDA volunteers outside Lincoln Court Community Association
1980s: “Culture” Flute band drums
1990s: “Tradition” Bonfire
2000s: “Future” Kids’ playground

Below it is the 40m-long mural “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here“.

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The Black Taximen’s Association

This is the new black taxi mural in Ardoyne Avenue, replacing the original painted in 2001. “‘The black Taximen’s Assoc. continued to provide a Service despite the spontaneous rioting which followed news of Frank Stagg‘s murder. Ulsterbus had cancelled all services in Nationalist areas immediately on hearing of Frank’s death’ – Newspaper editorial Feb. 1976. Dedicated to those who died in the service of their community: Michael Duggan, Jim Green, Harry Muldoon, Paddy McAllister, Caoimhin MacBradaigh, Thomas Hughes, Hugh Magee, Padraig Ó Cleirigh. [on the side wall:] In memory of all taxi drivers – public and private – who were murdered by loyalists/British crown forces during the conflict serving their community through transport.”

The “photos” in the lower left and right include various Ardoyne murals that can be seen as part of a black taxi tour (taxitrax.com): Ard Eoin Kickhams, It’s Black And White, GPO 1916, The Blind Piper, The Mass Rock. This mural uses the same device as It’s Black And White, of painting in black and white with occasional use of red (originally for the sweaters of the children, à la Schindler’s List).

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Fallen Comrades From The Nelson Drive Flute Band

UVF medallions are added to the UVF/Nelson Drive FB mural. For close-ups of the mural and the plaques, see Glorious On The Graves Of Heroes. (Also The People’s Army and Summer Regalia.)

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Peace By Piece

The Re-Imaging Communities programme put three large pieces on the Cupar Way “peace” line in 2009 (On The Shankill | Your Neighbour | Only A Fool Would Fight) and three more in later 2009 and 2010 (The Face | Changing Faces | Hewitt In The Frame), but around the same two time there were two festivals of wild-style writing (18 artists in April (includes images) | 33 artists in Augustimages) that covered the lower/easternmost part of the wall (600 yards) and then this much-photographed 2010 “Peace By Piece” mural (which was painted exactly over the initial pieces from the August festival) that made the wall famous as a site for writing; a struggle between the two types of art has continued since, with street art being aided and abetted by the tours that encourage tourists to leave a (patronising) message on the wall in black marker, thus reducing everything on the wall to disposable and temporary art. For more on the art on Cupar Way, see Visual History 11.

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Stevie ‘Top Gun’ McKeag

The new mural to UDA assassin Stevie ‘Top Gun’ McKeag is at last completed. It was seen in progress in January (from D collection), July and August of 2010 and it replaces a version that itself might never have been completed, from 2009. The mural has been repainted many times, in quick succession, perhaps an indication of dissatisfaction with it or with the plaster. See also 2008 and 2007.

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Arising From The Troubles

Tommy Sands records under his own name, as “the Sands Family” (with his siblings | web | Fb) and, as shown here, “with Moya & Fionán” (his children). This Northumberland Street mural was up towards the security gates just below Sean Garland.

See also: Colum Sands Whatever You Say, Say Nothing

Northumberland Street, Belfast.

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Oppose Racism

“West Against Racism Network. Oppose racism. ‘Racism is any idea claiming racial or ethnic groups are superior or inferior and that some should dominate others. Racism includes racist ideologies, prejudiced attitudes, discriminatory laws an practices resulting in inequality as well as anti-social beliefs and acts.’ – Adapted from UN Declaration on Race And Racial Prejudice.” “London 1960+ ‘No blacks, no dogs, no Irish’. ‘Belfast 2010 ‘Fáilte roimh gach duine.'”

Divis Street, Belfast.

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The Woman’s Role Is In The Struggle

“Forced to endure years of brutality, humiliation, degradation and torture, the prisoners embarked on hunger-strike.” The 1980 hunger strike involved Brendan Hughes, Raymond McCartney, Tommy McKearney, Tommy McFeely, Leo Green, Sean McKenna, and John Nixon. On December first, three women in Armagh prison also went on strike (newspaper/posters from left to right): Mairéad Farrell on the dirty protest in her cell (for the original image, see Prison Walls), Mairéad Nugent, Mary Doyle.

The Relatives’ Action Committee was a women-led movement founded in 1976 in Turf Lodge (but with local groups in many places) in order to support the prisoners’ campaign for political status and the Five Demands. For background, see the NVTv documentary on Tar Anall | chapter 5 of Shattering Silence | the documents collected at hungerstrikes.org.
See also the previous posts The Conveyor Belt | Do You Care?
If you can identify the three speakers (perhaps Geraldine McKee. Rosemary Lawlor, Mary Ferris?), please comment or send an e-mail.

On the right, Farrell reads An Phoblacht/Republican News reporting on the assassination of politician and hunger-strike activist John Turnley by the UDA (WP). The headline on the cover reads “Don’t let Thatcher fill these [coffins]” and a graffitist has added “because Adams will” – a reference to the allegations of Richard O’Rawe (BelTel | The Blanket).

Initially without the quotation along the top. The mural was launched on the anniversary date: October 27th, 2010.

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