Work has been completed on replacing a paramilitary commemorative mural on Donegall Pass as part of a joint Arts Council and Belfast City Council initiative.
As part of the ongoing Re-imaging Communities programme, the old mural — on the gable wall of a bar — was removed and replaced with a new one, commemorating the lives of all those Ulster men who died in the First World War.
The new mural used modern digital production techniques to replace the old painted one. It depicts a poppy field, with the Ulster Tower at Thiepval as its centrepiece. The tower is surrounded by a line of poetry — ‘Lay them away on the hillside, along with the brave and the bold, Inscribe their names on the role of fame in letters of purest gold’ — and is flanked by two contemporary military cap badges
The artist, Patricia Lavery, worked closely with local community representatives, including the Donegall Pass Community Centre committee, residents and community workers, firstly to identify the subject for the new mural and then to bring it to fruition.
“Working with this community highlighted the fact that, by visualising a brighter future, positive images can be created from memories of a darker past,” she said.