Belfast & Northern Ireland

Belfast Murals

more than a year ago

Many visitors to Belfast come to see the famous murals. But, once here, many are surprised at just how many have little, or no, political allegiances.

West, North and East Belfast have the political edge, with many murals in and around the Nationalist Falls Road bearing an Irish historical theme to underline its all-Ireland ethos.

The Falls' International Peace Wall is another big tourist draw where large works of art depict George W. Bush's Iraqi War, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Spanish Civil War and other global campaigns, past and present.

The Shankill and Newtownards Roads have the most visited Loyalist murals reflecting those communities' pro-British stance. And the Shankill side of the Peace Wall also features new artwork over the original graffiti and sectarian slogans.

If, however, you want to see some super-sized daubs of an (almost) apolitical bent, check out these chic bricks...

Football Murals: Local legend George Best can be spotted at several outdoor spots including the Sandy Row in Man Utd strip, Windsor Park - NI and Linfield's football ground off the Lisburn Rd. - and East Belfast's Cregagh Estate where he grew up.

More recent NI football hero David Healy can be seen scoring the winning goal against England on a wall at the Albertbridge Rd. It has gone a bit flaky, but plans are afoot for a restoration.

Celtic FC’s greatest ever player, Jimmy ’Jinky’ Johnstone, is immortalised in a Falls Road mural.


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