I thought I would share a few of the murals in Belfast. The first mural is near Shankill Road, the Protestant/Unionist district I mentioned in the post I left a few minutes ago. The second one is in West Belfast, along a wall that separates that district from the Shankill Road area. The murals here are very Nationalist, and connect with political movements in other parts of the world.
Notice the barbed wire on top of the wall. The gate between the districts was opened when we were there, and we freely walked between the two neighborhoods. We heard that the gates are shut and guarded during tense times, especially at night. Again, people told us most people in North Ireland want to leave the Troubles behind, and move on to other issues… the impact of the current Torie austerity measures all over the British Isles are a big topic. Still the tensions do remain, and clashes still occur.
My next post will be about Giant’s Causeway, a beautiful area on the Northern Irish coast, one that connects with traditional folklore. Do you know about the giant Fion McCool? I will talk about some of his adventures soon.