Lower Shankill UDA

UDA/UYM insignia and volunteers with sunglasses on the Shankill Road, Belfast. Bridgeton is a neighbourhood on the edge of Glasgow, Scotland, home to the Bridgeton flute band (Fb) and headquarters of the Grand Orange Lodge Of Scotland.

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Common Sense UDP

The Ulster Democratic Party (UDP) was the political wing of the UDA, and supported a policy of an independent Northern Ireland (as described in the policy document ‘Common Sense‘. It won a few council seats in the late 1980s and early 1990s and dissolved in 2001 (BBC-NI). The fourth panel (top right) is of the Ulster Workers’ Council strike that brought down the Sunningdale Agreement. Bellevue Street, Belfast.

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The 300th Anniversary Of The Battle Of The Boyne

The King William III Prince of Orange mural is repainted and to it are added the UYM emblem and a set of flags of England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Most significantly, however, the modern-day gunman on the right has been replaced by another Williamite soldier. Seen previously in 1990 | 1991.

Blythe Street, Belfast

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Brigadier John McMichael

UDA “Brigadier John McMichael, murdered by the enemies 22nd December 1987. “We forget him not.”” McMichael was killed by a car bomb planted by the IRA, perhaps on intelligence received from inside the UDA. He was a Northern Ireland separatist and author of Beyond The Religious Divide and Common Sense.

Blythe Street, Belfast

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Gertrude Star Flute Band

These two murals face one another in the mouth of Martin Street at Templemore Avenue, in east Belfast. Gertrude Star flute band (Fb) was formed in 1961. The southern mural features Spike (from Tom And Jerry) dressed as a band member above an Ulster Banner in the shape of Northern Ireland. The mural on the northern side shows a coat of arms with six-pointed star and red hand, below a crown.

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United Kingdom

The central panel in Thorndyke Street, Belfast, reproduces a postcard from during the Home Rule debate: “Ulster to Britain: thou mayest find another daughter with a fairer face than mine, with a gayer voice and sweeter and a softer eye than mine; but thou canst not find another that will love thee half so well!” The Ulster Banner (a flag of Northern Ireland) is used to represent Ireland in the quartet of flags while the shamrock stands alongside daffodil, rose, and thistle. For the Anglo-Norman French around the crown’s coat of arms, see Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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Some Gave All, All Gave Some

“Free our prisoners.” “LPA” is the “Loyalist Prisoners Association”. Its symbol (in the second image) is a red hand in barbed wire. In the main mural, a pair of red hands are in shackles and the fences of the Maze are superimposed on an outline of Northern Ireland filled in with the walls of the Maze/Long Kesh. Lord Street, Belfast

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