Belfast’s Other Murals

Wednesday, 25th November 2009 by

Belfast is well known for its many murals representing differing political and religious views of the city’s communities.

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However in recent years, thanks to the Good Friday Agreement, there has been a move away from the political murals to more community-based murals, and in this post we shall deal with murals relating to sport; industrial heritage; and the arts within the city.


There are many sporting heroes of Belfast, probably the most popular of all being George Best: without doubt Northern Ireland’s greatest football player.

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There are many other murals to the NI international football team, including one in honour to a famous victory over England.


There are also murals to local football clubs Glentoran FC and Linfield FC.

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Gaelic games are more favoured in Nationalist areas, with murals to Ard Eoin Kickhams GAA club and to Liam McCarthy.


There are 2 murals to other local sporting heroes, Snooker player Alex Higgins and Kickboxer Gary Hamilton.

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Belfast is also very well known for its industrial past. RMS Titanic was constructed in the Harland and Wolff dockyards.

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Historically, Belfast has been a centre for the Irish linen industry (earning the nickname “Linenopolis”) and Short Brothers (now Bombardier) also manufacture aircraft in the city.

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CS Lewis, author of the Narnia books, was born in Belfast in 1898 and like any son of Belfast he also has a mural or two. There is also a mural to traditional Irish music and a nod to Picasso’s Guernica.

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And, to finish off, there is always someone with a sense of humour: “Santa is a British Agent” and “TV Licence Men Beware”.

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There are many more murals, visit murals of Belfast to find some of them.