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The Shankill Road, Belfast.

Around the Shankill Road area of Belfast on Saint Patrick’s Day 2019.

Murals around Shankill Road, on St. Patrick’s Day, 2019.

As part and parcel of my ongoing photographic project: https://kevindohertyart.com/visual-art/beyond-dialogue-and-silence-towards-a-limitless-future/

I have decided to visit an area of Belfast where I live, that I must admit I have neglected in my documentation of the scenes of the Northern Ireland Troubles. This is partly due to fear and partly due to ignorance.

Today being Saint Patrick’s day, I decided to visit the Shankill road in Belfast on-foot. While the rest of Belfast was celebrating all that is green, in the Shankill, it could be said that the murals and memorials are a stark contrast from the (Idealised) Republic of Ireland to many minds; just today in NYC, the leader of the second largest party in Northern Ireland, which also represents people down south, Mary Lou McDonald stood behind a green and white banner saying, England get out of Ireland.

This is a sentiment which is unacceptable to me and to many I know for sure. It has been called divisive and even ‘stupid’, at a sensitive time in Northern Ireland’s existence.

In short this is my (broadly – Nationalist) response to Sinn Fein Ireland today.

The nationalists of Northern Ireland need to reach out to Unionists…

And, also be careful who you imitate!

By Kevin Doherty Art

Born: 1981, Belfast, N. Ireland + Commercial Printer + Trained Photographer + Fine Art Painter, (First Class BA (Honours), Ulster University) Graduate + Artistically minded +

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