In Rochfortbridge it is difficult to find any examples of Graffiti. It seems to be an urban thing and has not hit the smaller towns and villages in Ireland. In Dublin there are examples to be seen, but I think it is not as common as in other European capitals.
Recently our class visited Derry City in Northern Ireland with our teachers, Mr Dunbar and Mrs Currams. We were surprised to discover the amount of political graffiti which exists in the city. As you know Northern Ireland is a divided society both religiously and politically. The catholic tend to favour a united Ireland while most of the Protestant majority favour the link with Britain. Both communities have expressed their opinions in very dramatic fashion using political graffiti. It has become an art form especially in Derry and Belfast. The big issue now is whether this political graffiti should be removed, especially as people in the North are coming close to settling their differences and and are on the brink of setting up a new Northern Ireland assembly which promises to satisfy the aspirations of both groups. In effect the war is over but the political expression of this war is still evident on the gable walls on many homes. Some of this graffiti is deemed to be offensive by the opposite group and the question now arises as to whether it should all be removed or left as a reminder to future generation of the divisions which plagued this society for generations. Some argue that on artistic grounds it should be retained while others feel that is should all be removed.
What do you think?
These photos were taken at the Giants Causeway and Carrick a Rede Bridge – a very beautiful part of Northern Ireland.
This is an interesting piece of political graffiti. It was taken near the Bogside – a Catholic Nationalist area.
These people feel under siege as they are surrounded by Nationalist housing estates. The street sign is painted in red white and blue the colours of the British flag.
We took this picture from the City Walls. This is the Bogside. In the Bogside there are lots of examples of Graffiti. The bogside is where Bloody Sunday took place. This is where Catholic Nationalists were shot dead by the Paratroopers. Bloody Sunday is being investigated at the present
This piece of Graffiti was taken in the City Centre.
This is a very famous piece of political graffiti in the Bogside in Derry. This is one piece which people feel will never be removed as it means so much to the community in the Bogside who suffered so terribly on Bloody Sunday.