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Video: Arlene Foster unveils new mural of St Patrick in loyalist Belfast

By Kirsten Elder

Published 11/03/2016

First Minister Arlene Foster said that unionist and loyalist communities feel "alienated" from celebrating St Patrick's Day because it has been "Gaelicised".

The DUP leader was speaking after she unveiled a mural of the Patron Saint of Ireland in the Village area of south Belfast as part of a campaign to replace paramilitary images.

The artwork was created by painter and sculptor Ross Wilson, who hopes the mural will help overcome misconceptions about St Patrick.

The artwork was unveiled on Tate's Avenue yesterday, and is on a 12ft by 8ft aluminium panel alongside another featuring local children's interpretations of the saint. A third panel explains why the Red Hand of Ulster is a symbol of both loyalist and nationalist cultures.

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