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Belfast Murals, West Belfast, Northern Ireland » 20110100_jbl_Ireland_417

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Murals represent the political views, memorials for those lost in the battle between Catholics and Protestants in the age old battle for Northern Ireland on both the Catholic and Protestant sides of West Belfast and other politically related scenes from Belfast.

Belfast, Northern Ireland. January 2011.

Catholic murals on the Catholic side of West Belfast. A wall divides Catholic and Protestant West Belfast much like the Berlin wall once divided East and West Berlin. There are gates in between which are opened and closed depending on the political climate. Something as simple as a soccer game between a predominantly Catholic city and a predominant Protestant city is reason enough to close the gates. This mural depicts the Easter Rising of 1916 in which was mounted by Irish republicans with the aims of ending British rule in Ireland and establishing the Irish Republic. It was the most significant uprising in Ireland since the rebellion of 1798. The Rising was suppressed after seven days of fighting, and its leaders were court-martialled and executed, but it succeeded in bringing the physical force of irish Republicanism back to the forefront of Irish politics.

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