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Contemporary Murals in Northern Ireland
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Text and Photograph: Bill Rolston ... Page Compiled: Fionnuala McKenna

Republican Tradition: Figure 13

'Time to Go' Mural

During the mid to late 1980s, militaristic murals were common in republican areas; butr as the ceasefire of August 1994 approached, a noticeable change occurred. Many murals displayed the message that it was ‘time for peace’ and therefore ‘time to go’ for the British army. Often the message was conveyed light-heartedly, as in one mural painted on the Whiterock Road, West Belfast, in the early summer of 1994. From that point on, militaristic images in republican murals became practically non-existent. In their place were demands for the release of prisoners, the disbandment of the police force, the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), and the departure of British soldiers.

Location and Date: Whiterock Road, Belfast, 1994

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