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Sandy Row is a very strongly loyalist area in Belfast, just 100 metres from the city centre. Pavements are painted in the union jack colors and murals are on the walls. Loyalist murals are different from republican ones. At least they are in this particular moment. While republican ones (while still portraying weapones and fights) tend to be quite colorful and more idealistic (sometimes in an... onirical way), loyalist murals tend to be darker, and more violent in their portayal of masked men, guns, graves, battles...

Murals have been the typical way of expressing political views in northern ireland since the troubles of the ealy '70s...

With the peace process such murals tend to be abandoned or replaced both in loyalist and republican areas. So you can see, from time to time, murals dedicated to gaelic football (in republican areas) or to the great george best (in both areas). I'll post pictures.

Wikipedia: Northern irish murals

editing: just some contrast (with curve regulation), sharpness, and a touch of saturation (+3). Note that the strong blue of the windows was already strong in the original picture.

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