Bobby Sands mural in the Falls Road (Catholic) neighborhood of West Belfast
Sands was an Irish volunteer of the Provisional Irish Republican Army and was the leader of the 1981 hunger strike in which Irish republican prisoners protested against the removal of Special Category Status. Special category (or "political") status meant prisoners did not have to wear prison uniforms or do prison work, were housed within their paramilitary factions, and were allowed extra visits and food parcels. On 1976 SCS was phased out, so anyone convicted of a…
24 Belfast Murals You Need to See
Northern Ireland has a complicated political history. We explore the murals throughout Belfast that celebrate this past.
Belfast - Cú Chulainn Mural
A republican mural painted in Lenadoon Avenue, West Belfast, in the summer of 1996 with an Irish mythological theme. It depicts the dying warrior Cú Chulainn as the central figure in a mural commemorating Irish Republican Army (IRA) members from the local area who have been killed. Cú Chulainn is depicted, as in the 8th century epic tale Táin Bó Cuailnge, dying upright.
Ballymurphy Road, Belfast, 1992: Ireland-Mexico solidarity mural, with a member of Óglaigh na hÉireann (Irish Republican Army), James Connelly (Irish revolutionary), Emiliano Zapata (Mexican revolutionary) and United Farm Workers member. “You can kill the revolutionary but not the revolution”.
The Saturday Matinee The Rioter The mural was started in August 2001 and is situated on Rossville Street in the Bogside area of Derry. The scene depicted is typical of many riots that happened in the Bogside from 1969 throught the early 1970s. The riots were commonplace with many happening on Saturday afternoons hence the title 'The Saturday Matinee'.