Belfast & Northern Ireland

Belfast Murals

15 Apr 2018

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 immortalised on walls along the Sandy Row in Man Utd strip and adorned in NI attire in East Belfast's Cregagh Estate where he grew up.

NI's Euro 2016 qualification is celebrated on a wall at the Albertbridge Rd. 

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


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