The Dark Days

Paint-bombed mural to members of the Ulster Volunteer Force, Belfast Brigade, in the 36th (Ulster) Division, with (anachronistic) Ulster Banner and Union Flag: “they arose in the dark days to defend our native land for God and Ulster”, “And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee, though shalt smite them and utterly destroy them, thou shalt make no covenant with them nor show marcy unto them – Deuteronomy 7 verse 2”. Blythe Street, Belfast.

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Copyright © 2001 Peter Moloney

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How Is Freedom Measured?

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The bottom half of this mural in Redcliffe Parade, Belfast, shows UVF volunteers “then and now” (“Ulster 1914″ during WWI and in contemporary times). On either side of that are Protestant housewives, defending the homestead: How is freedom measured? By the effort which it costs to retain it” and “Deserted! Well, I can stand alone.”

The upper portion shows a rare (though not unique) version of the red hand of Ulster, giving a “V for victory” salute (and so we can see nails on three digits) and dancing in boots on an Irish Tricolour which lies between an Ulster Banner and a Union flag.

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© 1989 Alan Gallery, All rights reserved
alan@alangallery.com

Then And Now, 1912 – 1987

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The 75th anniversary of the UVF is celebrated in this mural in Dover Place, Belfast. On the left of the Northern Island is an Ulster Volunteer in period garb standing on a patch of ground, on the right, a modern paramilitary in hood and fatigues standing on a city footpath. “They fought then for the cause of Ulster, we will fight now.”

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Copyright © 1988 LC