Women At Work/Catalonia 300

These two boards are on the fence outside the Pilot’s Row Centre in Rossville Street. The first is a Bogside & Brandywell Women’s Group compilation of women in various occupations (plus Bernadette Devlin breaking up pavement); the second shows support for Catalonia: “300 years of occupation, 300 years of resistance”.

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Women Unfree Shall Never Be At Peace

Pearse’s famous “Ireland unfree …” is modified to become “Women unfree shall never be at peace” alongside a combined anarchist and female (Venus) symbol. With the rejoinder: “Fuck up and make the tea!” Northland Road, Derry.

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Female Guardians

This pair of images — “Deserted! Well – I can stand alone” from the anti-Home Rule campaign that continued during WWI and the other a more contemporary scene of “a protestant farmer’s wife guard[ing] her husband against sectarian attack from across the border” — was previously painted in (what remains of) Moscow Street, next to the Rex bar on the Shankill. (See X00066. See also M00558 lower Shankill | M00621 east Belfast | M02302 east Belfast). The plaque on the right was not originally part of the mural (see J2395) and the mural would later be modified by the removal of the Orange Order and St Andrew’s flags (but not the UVF emblem), replaced by a shamrock-strewn banner reading “Fight To A Finish” (M08026).

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Breaking New Ground

A famous photo from the Battle Of The Bogside (included below) shows Bernadette Devlin breaking a piece of pavement. The board above – possibly of two independent halves – has her bringing down the pavement on the issues faced by women in Derry, such as water rates, lone parents, breast cancer support, and smoking cessation.

“Bogside & Brandywell Women’s Group – Breaking new ground – Féile 06”

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Máire Drumm At Bodenstown

Wolfe Tone  is buried in Bodenstown graveyard, Co Kildare, and every year republicans make a pilgrimage there to commemorate his role in the United Irishmen’s 1798 Rebellion and the beginning of Irish nationalism. In 1972, the address was given by Máire Drumm, vice-president of Sinn Féin, a position she held until she was assassinated in the Mater Hospital by the Red Hand Commando in October 1976.

“Ní síocháin gan saoirse … thinker and doer, dreamer of the immortal dram and doer of the immortal deed. We owe to this dead man more than we can ever repay him. To his teaching we owe it that there is such a thing as Irish nationalism. And to the memory of the deed he nerved his generation to do. To the memory of 1798 we owe it that there is any manhood left in Ireland …”

Divis Street, Belfast

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Long To Reign Over Us

“Elizabeth the second by the grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and our other realms and territories, queen, head of the commonwealth, defender of the faith.” “Elizabeth II dea [sic] gratia Britannia regina fidei defensor”. “We the British subjects of Ulster pledge our allegiance to her sovereign majesty Queen Elizabeth II now and forever. The heart of the empire Ulsters loyal citizens.” Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor acceded to the throne of the United Kingdom in 1952 (she was crowned in 1953). 2002 was her golden jubilee year.

Argyle Street, Belfast

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100 Years Of Women’s Work

“Women of substance – plúr na mban. The changing role of women the in Market area.” A century of women’s work, from cooking, child-care, and hand-wringing the washing in 1904 to using computers, reading books, and graduating from university in 2004. The pink symbol in the corner is the emblem of the New Belfast Community Arts Initiative.

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The Women Of 1916

“They stand for the honour of Ireland/As their sisters in days that are gone/And they’ll march with their brothers to freedom/The soldiers of Cumann na mBan.” “This mural is dedicated to the Women of Cumann na mBan, Oglaigh na hEireann & Sinn Fein”. “From R[uth] Taillon’s book The Women Of 1916.” With portraits of two volunteers with Belfast associations: Winifred Carney and Nora Connolly. Hawthorn Street, Belfast. Seen previously in 2001 left | right.

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