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Image I: Islandbawn Street, Lower Falls

Located on Islandbawn Street in the Lower Falls, a working-class Catholic neighborhood that extends westward from Belfast City Center, this earlier mural first appeared in 1982, as indicated by the graffito on the far right. It conveys continuity with the past, the wellspring of legitimacy in the Republican conceptual framework. On the left, the rebel of the Easter Rising, identifiable by the adjacent graffito "1916," has the gray uniform, knee-high boots, and rifle of the First World War variety. Opposite on the right, the modern guerrilla has camouflage fatigues and a machine gun, the paramilitary equipage of the present Northern Irish conflict. Across the top, a banner reading "Oglaigh na hEireann," or "the Army of Ireland," bridges the two, with an Irish tricolor and the graffito "Saoirse," or "Freedom," just below. At the very bottom, skewed to the left, another, more crudely rendered banner portends, "We are here to stay." One of the ten who died in the H-block hunger strikes of 1980 and 1981, Bobby Sands popularized the lark, depicted here in the center of the tricolor, as a symbol of freedom.