Falls Road Republican Murals
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The first republican murals appeared in 1981, when the hunger strike at the Maze prison saw the emergence of dozens of murals supporting the hunger strikers. In later years republican muralists broadened their scope to cover wider political issues, Irish legends and historical events. After the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, the murals came to demand police reform and the protection of nationalists from sectarian attacks.
Common images seen in republican murals include the phoenix rising from the flames (symbolising Ireland reborn from the flames of the 1916 Easter Rising), the face of hunger striker Bobby Sands, and scenes and figures from Irish mythology. Common slogans include 'Free Ireland', the Irish Gaelic 'Éirí Amach na Cásca 1916' (The Easter Rising of 1916) and 'Tíocfaídh Ár Lá' ('Our Day Will Come').
All along the Falls Rd you'll see republican murals, as well as memorials in honour of people who have died during the conflict.