John Gregg

“South East Antrim [UDA/UYM]. In proud memory of Brig. John Gregg, T. Daly, B. Hobbs, B. Smyth, J. Kelly, G. Evans, J. McClure, W. Gordon, G. Fittis, A. Helm. Quis separabit.” Gregg was a hero to loyalists for seriously injuring Gerry Adams in 1984. He was killed in the Adair feud in 2003.

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Easter Commemoration

“Easter commemoration Sun. 12th April. Assemble Beechmount Ave 1 pm. Parade leaves 1.30 sharp. Organised by the National Graves Assoc.”

The image on the left is of an Irish Volunteer outside the Dublin GPO in 1916.
Falls Road/Glen Road, Belfast.

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Léana An Dúin – Unbowed, Unbroken

Cú Chulainn stands dying, an inspiration to republicans fighting against the British (rather than Queen Medb), including those Lenadoon locals whose portraits adorn the apex: Tony Henderson, John Finucane, Tony Jordan, Brendan O’Callaghan, Joe McDonnell, Laura Crawford, Mairéad Farrell, Patricia Black, Bridie Quinn (Bridie O’Neill in the previous version of this mural). Repainted, with plaque on the right: “This mural, dedicated to the patriot dead of Lenadoon, was unveiled by Gerard O’Neill, Easter 2009.”

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Martin Luther

“Hier stehe ich, Ich kann nich anders, Gott helfe mir.” Martin Luther 1483-1546. Unhappy with many of the Catholic church’s practices, Martin Luther, a monk, wrote what became know as ‘the 95 theses’. These challenged the authority of the church and were spread quickly around Europe via a new invention, the printing press. Keen to get luther to recant, the general assembly of the Holy Roman Empire summoned Luther to the town of Worms on the Rhine in 1521. An unapologetic Luther is said to have uttered this famous phrase which, translated means ‘Here I stand, I can do no other. God help me. Amen’. Thus began the Protestant Reformation.

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69 Gold Rush

From the info board, later added to the left: “The Gold Rush mural replaces a paramilitary image of two silhouetted gunmen representing Scottish Brigade. This new image by artist Tim McCarthy represents an event in July 1969 in Christopher Street when children digging in the rubble of the then demolished ‘Scotch Flats’ discovered a hoard of gold sovereigns. Word spread quickly and thus began ‘the Gold Rush’.

The project was funded by the Re-imaging Communities programme of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and delivered by Belfast City Council with the support of the Lower Shankill Community Association. The project would not have been possible without the support and participation of the local community.” With support from the Arts Council, Belfast City Council, and Lower Shankill Community Association. By Tim McCarthy/Verz in Hopewell Crescent, Belfast.

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Building An Ireland Of Equals

“Ag aontú Caitliceach, Protastúnach agus Easaontóirí.” – “Uniting Catholic, Protestant, and Dissenter.” In An Argument On Behalf Of The Catholics Of Ireland (1791), Wolfe Tone of the United Irishmen wrote, “To subvert the tyranny of our execrable government, to break the connection with England, the never-failing source of all our political evils, and to assert the independence of my country, these were my objects. To unite the whole people of Ireland, to abolish the memory of past dissensions, and to substitute the common name of Irishman, in place of the denominations of Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter, these were my means.”
With portraits of Bobby Sands, Wolfe Tone, and in the centre, Winifred Carney.

 

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Universal Human Rights

“Where after all do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home, so close & so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Such are the places that every man, woman & child seek equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.” – Eleanor Roosevelt. “Nothing about us without us is for us.” Artist Ed Reynolds (steadyhanded.com) replaces the ‘Protestant Ethnic Cleansing‘ mural with one about human rights. With the Lower Shankill Community Association.

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