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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.


Milltown cemetery,Falls Road


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Milltown memorial



Bobby Sands mural, Falls Road

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Workers Party memorial near Falls Road

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


The following two murals are from the Shankill Road:




Lutyens’ Thiepval memorial on the Somme



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

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Removed mural

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New mural of King Billy

Sandy Row explanation




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




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



Sentiments that seem to cross a Nationalist / Loyalist divide:


Mural in the Smithfield area of central Belfast


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