Political Murals, West Belfast, Northern Ireland

A red mural

A red mural

The Irish are a funny bunch aren’t they?

Of course I don’t mean funny “weird” but funny “amusing”.  I love the Irish – as most Australians love the Irish. 

After all, who doesn’t love the Irish, well, apart from the Irish, which leads me to mention the vibrant political wall murals that dot the landscape on the streets of West Belfast.

I offer the images I captured purely as vibrant, traditional works of art, located in a city I very much enjoyed visiting (due also to its connection with Titanic) and one aspect of Belfast to consider viewing if planning a visit …to be sure to be sure (said in my finest but rubbish Irish accent).

red fence mural

red fence mural

End wall mural

Wall mural

Wall mural

Fast Facts
Political Murals, throughout Falls Rd and Shankill Rd.  Visit the world renowned murals in the nationalist Falls and unionist Shankill portions of West Belfast.  The main murals are situated on gable walls of buildings on both the Falls and Shankill roads, but others are located in the lower Shankill estate (off the lower Shankill Rd onto North Boundary St) and Bombay St (off the Falls Rd onto Clonard Gardens).

Belfast Mural Tour – The two political groupings in Northern Ireland (Republican and Loyalist, the former predominantly being Catholic and the latter predominantly Protestant) have a strong tradition of large wall mural painting in their communities, particularly the poorer ones.  If you head to The Falls Road or Shankill you will get a good look at what are some of the world’s finest house sized political murals. They change frequently depending on the political climate but they are definitely something to see.  Fast facts courtesy of Wikitravel.[showmyads]

Googlemaps