On Murals of Belfast

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While cruising the British Isles in 2017, Belfast fascinated me. In my past post about Belfast, I opened the post with the following: Belfast, Northern Ireland is beautiful, interesting, and gut-wrenching – and we were only there for a part of one day. On one end is the natural beauty, architecture, vibrancy, and history – and the other end The Troubles – what the locals call the Northern Ireland Conflict (1968-1998).

Belfast, Northern Ireland has a history of conflict – especially in the past one hundred years. Many of us remember the conflict from fierce conflict that raged their land from the 1960s well into the 1990s – a conflict centered around politics and religion. Today, Belfast is a beautiful city. Yet, visitors who have a sense of history about The Troubles carry a strange and troubling feeling during their entire stay.

The Peace Wall that separates sectors of the city is anything but peaceful, while its stories feel like a punch in the gut. Beautiful murals are found throughout the city – but many are dedicated to the heroes of one side or the other. Others make political statements, and other commemorate battles or events.

I wanted to feature the murals, but do so got lost in the shuffle. So, I stumbled across what I do have when cleaning out the blog closet. Besides, Belfast’s murals would fascinate Resa.

The first is a different collection – especially when seeing their location (the last pic).

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Commercial Court is located in the part of the city known as the Cathedral Quarter. It’s a courtyard loaded with murals that included famous people. Enjoy the collection. Recognize anyone?

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Unfortunately, I didn’t capture many of the murals I saw around the city. For more information about Belfast’s murals, see the links below the video. They are fascinating, and not very subtle.

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43 thoughts on “On Murals of Belfast

    • Cindy,
      Because you’ve been to Belfast, you know that I’ve shown little and not much variety. (Therefore the importance of visiting the links I provided). Thanks for reinforcing my point. 🙂

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  1. I recognized Liam, and a few others . . . borderline without name recognition.

    I love the fish and I love the building mural with all the faces peering out.

    And The Troubles . . . I shudder at how conflict seems to have staying power like that, leaving scars.

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  2. When I think of The Troubles I always recall how much interest I had throughout those decades because I had one good friend who was completely caught up in the politics of the region and wanted to talk to me about them–lecture me, really. I tried to keep up but had a hard time following events that seemed so complex. I think being there as a visitor today would be very interesting. And I loved the murals. Art is such a powerful way to tell a story and leave us asking more questions, which adds to our learning. I’m sure this was a wonderful trip, Frank.

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  3. Brilliant to see these murals. I’ve yet to visit Northern Island having visted the Republic numerous times. Would love to see some of the art in the real. I got the chills when I saw the art piece you showed based on TV series ‘The Fall’, as I started watched that fairly recently and found it dark, creepy and menacing – the art piece kind of sums up season 1 nicely.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Vintage,
      Welcome first-time commenter! How did you find my little corner of the world?

      Horray – I think you are the first to refer to The Fall. My wife watched it, so I was my share of them. Belfast was fascinating and eerie at the same time. If you ever get the chance to visit this wonderful city, do so! Make sure you get a tour with a guide because The Troubles need personalization. Our guide told us about a tour along the Peace Wall that sounds fascinating and gut-wrenching, but we didn’t get a chance to take it. Hope you make it there!

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