J4273 : Loyalist mural, Morven Park, Ballybeen

taken 14 years ago, near to Dundonald, Co Down, Northern Ireland

Loyalist mural, Morven Park, Ballybeen
Loyalist mural, Morven Park, Ballybeen
A mural of the Red Hand Commando (RHC) Youth 'C' Company - which was based in the estate. The RHC was effectively a branch of loyalist paramilitary group the Ulster Volunteer Force - both of which were outlawed in 1973. The RHC were responsible for 12 civilian deaths and decommissioned their weapons in June 2009.

"Lamh Dearg Abú" is in fact an Irish Gaelic expression meaning "up the Red Hand [of Ulster]".
Ballybeen, Dundonald

Ballybeen is a townland located east of Dundonald village, with its name deriving from the Irish "Baile Bín" (Town of the peak).

It was a rural area on the main road from Belfast to Newtownards, dominated by Ballybeen House - which belonged to the Robb family. The house and surrounding farmland were cleared for the construction of the Ballybeen housing estate in the 1960s.

As was the case in many new estates at the time, there was a mixture of Protestant and Roman Catholic families - however as The Troubles progressed through the '70s, the estate became almost exclusively Protestant with some loyalist elements within it.

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J4273, 49 images   (more nearby search)
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Friday, 12 February, 2010   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 13 February, 2010
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Mural   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 424 737 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.5259N 5:47.8270W
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Irish: geotagged! J 424 738
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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