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[edit] Ardoyne's murals

Belfast is filled with areas depicting many murals of various topics, most often about the paramilitary connections of the area which they appear in. Whilst Ardoyne has some murals of this type, it mainly has murals to depict history, Irish traditions and important dates in Irish history, such as the 1916 Easter Rising and the Irish famine. Many foreign visitors find these murals to be impressive and believe that they add to the rich history of the area. Paramilitary banners often depict the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike, when ten Republican prisoners died from starvation during a protest to demand political status.

[edit] Ardoyne today

Today Ardoyne has a local GAA sports club and is home to the annual "Ard Eoin Fleadh Cheoil" (Ardoyne Music Festival). The festival attracts some of the most famous Irish musical acts, including the Wolfe Tones.

Once labelled a "No go" area for the police, the community has become much more open that it was in the past. Road barriers are all but gone, and many would say the residents now live in a normal, working class community.

[edit] Ardoyne in popular culture

Ardoyne is the setting in which Anna Burns' novel No Bones takes place. In this novel she describes a girl growing up in Ardoyne during the Troubles.[1]

[edit] References

  1. , Anna Burns: No Bones, 2001

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