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Images of different pasts in Belfast 2013

2013 February 21

 I was recently a guest speaker of the Friends of the Somme (mid Ulster branch), talking about different ways in which animals have been remembered in war. I subsequently spent some time looking at murals and memorials of different communities in  Belfast. As these images indicate, the past is ever present in the everyday landscape in particular striking ways.

martyrs

Milltown cemetery,Falls Road

 

h block

Milltown memorial

 

sands

Bobby Sands mural, Falls Road

workers party

Workers Party memorial near Falls Road

paddy power
A ubiquitous Paddy Power but with a distinctive plaque (off the Falls Road)

 

The following two murals are from the Shankill Road:

covenant

 

thiepval

Lutyens’ Thiepval memorial on the Somme

 

 

These three images below are from Sandy Row showing a new mural and explanation of its creation:

mural old

Removed mural

king billy

New mural of King Billy

explaining
Sandy Row explanation

 

 

 

Part of the campaign to keep particular aspects of the past:

 

 

demo

Regular Saturday demonstration to keep the union flag flying over City Hall

 

 

Sentiments that seem to cross a Nationalist / Loyalist divide:

plan

Mural in the Smithfield area of central Belfast

 

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