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Why do people in Ulster put the time and effort into producing paintings like these?

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Modern World Study- Ireland Coursework Assignment Objective 2 1) Why do people in Ulster put the time and effort into producing paintings like these? It is now common to come across large paintings on the gable ends of houses in Ulster. Although a form of graffiti, they are often very detailed and beautiful works of art which take a lot of time and effort. The pictures are obviously done by Catholics and Protestants and each picture represents the painters' view on 'the troubles', often referring to events in the past and often with a message meant to stir up similar feelings in the onlooker, i.e. they are a form of propaganda. In the examples shown fig. A was painted by Ulster freedom fighters. Although the message is for freedom it is put in a very aggressive way. Fig. B shows King Billy, possibly at the Battle of the Boyne, which was obviously painted by the Protestants but has been defaced by the Catholics using green paint (their colour). Fig. C is obviously painted by Catholics who want to be free from Britain as it shows a hand over Ireland being chained to Britain. The burning building at the top of the picture shows the destruction during the Easter Rising of 1916. ...read more.


The people who were imprisoned or internees were treated very badly. The Catholics were disgusted by this and decided to have a civil rights march to protest against it and it was organised for the 30th of March, 1972, in Derry. Marches had been banned since the beginning of internment but this one went ahead anyway. It was a peaceful march until they reached the army barriers on Free Derry Corner, where there was some stone throwing and the army responded with water cannons and rubber bullets. They also had live ammunition. Soldiers from the paratroop regiment were moved in and began to shoot - thirteen unarmed men were shot dead. Some people said they heard shots in the crowd and if the soldiers thought they were being attacked by IRA snipers they would obviously respond. The problem was they were given live ammunition as well as rubber bullets and the paratroop regiment was too aggressive and not the appropriate people to be dealing with crowd control. Bloody Sunday is an obstacle to peace because just as the Protestants commemorate the Battle Of the Boyne in their marches, the Catholics commemorate Bloody Sunday and use it to justify their continual violence. Despite repeated attempts at peace initiatives, violence continues and has extended beyond the shores of Ireland. ...read more.


Ian Paisley is a very forceful personality who is a unionist and opposes the IRA and Irish Nationalism. He formed the Democratic Unionist Party (UDP) in 1971 because he felt that the official unionists were weak, and his main aim is to call for the destruction of the IRA. He has said that '..the ordinary Ulster man is not going to surrender to the IRA...we have not only the right, but the duty to kill them, before they kill me, my family and others..'. His heroes would include, firstly, William of Orange whose victory at the Battle of the Boyne is celebrated by the Orange Order, of which Paisley is a keen member. Another hero would be Edward Carson. He was a lawyer who after the Partition of 1912 led the Ulster Protestants to fight against Home rule. They started a private army called the Ulster Volunteers and got over 400,000 Protestants to sign a solemn covenant to resist Home rule in Ireland. For Ulster Unionists, Paisley included, the Easter Rising of 1916 was proof that nationalists were traitors. The activities of the IRA, especially the bomb at the remembrance parade at Enniskillen, have supported this view. Also the 1985 Anglo-Irish agreement and the 1993 Downing Street Declaration which allowed discussion on the future of Northern Ireland between the Dublin and London governments have confirmed Unionist fears that the British government is not to be trusted. ...read more.

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