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Drawing Support 5 : Murals, Memory and Identity in the North of Ireland : Five

Rolston, Bill
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Beyond the Pale Books
Published: July 16, 2022
ISBN: 9781914318153
72 pages, 115 full colour plates plus xii pages of text; 115 full colour plates plus xii pages of te
Country of publication: United Kingdom


The murals in Drawing Support 5 were painted between 2013 and 2021. This period almost perfectly coincides with what has been termed the ‘decade of centenaries’.

A century ago, opposition to Home Rule grew; the Irish Volunteers prepared for revolution; the Ulster Volunteer Force moved from rebellion to the killing fields of the western front; the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme occurred; a war of independence was fought; the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland were formed and partition became copper-fastened. Some or all of these events continue to be part of the vivid memory of various groups in the North of Ireland and so are painted on the walls.

Along with these historical murals are murals about international struggle, contemporary paramilitarism and memorials to dead comrades.

Finally, beyond the murals of the two main political camps, a brief look is taken at some of the other murals now being painted on walls in Belfast and Derry, murals bringing in other politics or alternatively, not directly political at all.

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