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David Healy's mural is painted out in East Belfast

The Healy mural is now a blank wall
The Healy mural is now a blank wall
The old Healy mural

By Cate McCurry

Northern Ireland football legend David Healy is officially off the wall in East Belfast.

The star's famous 2005 winning goal against England was the subject of one of the city's best-loved murals, but it's now been removed from its site.

The renowned depiction of his most memorable moment was located on the corner of Albertbridge Road and Carnforth Street until its recent disappearance.

Healy is now eight months into his role as Linfield manager.

He scored 36 goals in 95 appearances for Northern Ireland in a career spanning 11 clubs, but it is for his impact when playing in green that he will be best remembered.

The mural's artist, east Belfast man John Stewart, revealed it is to be replaced by a tribute to the players who will represent Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 in France.

The artist has been signed up to paint the new image.

"It will be a new design of some of the footballers involved in the European championship and I expect it will include the Eiffel Tower too," he said.

"While it has yet to be confirmed, I understand that 'Our Wee Country' will be included as well as the words 'pride, passion and belief'. I also think they are planning to relocate the Healy mural but I'm not sure where."

Last October, DUP MLA Sammy Douglas said he wanted to see the mural refurbished after it had been in disrepair for a number of years.

He added: "Since I read the story in the Belfast Telegraph about that in August I've been attempting to raise money to start work on it."

Healy himself said he would be delighted to see the mural restored.

"I was really proud when it first went up and it would be great to see it back to the way it was," he added.

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