|'Belfast Murals' submitted by Raymond O
To highlight a particular case in point Karen Kelly
Cahillane from Concord New Hampshire USA has been involved
in peace murals all over the world. A clinical psychologist
by profession she has taken a particular interest in
Northern Ireland since 1999. Besides bringing Catholic
and Protestant youth to new Hampshire for peace and
reconciliation she has been the architect of peace murals
in Belfast. Some are to be found on the Shankill and
The most dramatic mural can be found at the corner of
Durham street and Grosvenor road (see www.globalharmony.org).
British telecom very generously gave permission to Karen's
group "Projects for Global Harmony" in conjunction
with NICHS, a Belfast based cross community group, to
festoon the wall of their telephone exchange with an
excellent peace mural. Incidentally, this mural will
be included in an American made documentary called "Murals;
Romanticising the Violence" due out in 2007.
Karen continues her peace work in Belfast through a
recently formed group with a working title of YAS (youth
Debbie Curtin - Oct 07
Thank you Karen, for your global vision. Our family
visited Londonderry NI and Belfast several years ago
and the murals made a lasting impact. I would like to
create a connection between Londonderry NI and Londonderry
New Hampshire USA where we live. If anyone has thoughts
on how to join the two towns harmoniously respecting
the past and embracing the future I would welcome your
Thank you in advance for any advice.
Connor Mitchell - Feb '07
Keep the murals
Shauna Kelly - Feb '07
I find the conveyance of views and visions through an
artistic medium such as murals are extraordinary enough
but the multitude of them in Belfast is a fascinating
historical and cultural tour of the city. The PGH Peace
murals, in which the images are conceptualized by youth,
is the perfect addition to the city's meaningful and
passionate ideas captured by paint, for public viewing.
All the murals in the city should certainly be recognized
as equally representative of depicted culture.
Karen Kelly (Cahillane) - Feb '07
Raymond is very kind with his good words. I might want
to clarify that the working name for the group YAS is
actually YOUTH AGAINST SECTARIANISM.... not Youth "again"
Sectarianism! The organization is looking for a new
name - still YAS - but which says positively what they
are... rather than what they are not. Your suggestions
are welcome and appreciated. Thanks to all of you in
Belfast and beyond who have been so supportive of the
work of the young people and of us!
Elaine Rizzo - Feb '07
I've known Karen Kelly for many years and have seen
a number of her mural projects in the United States.
The collaborative process involved in creating these
murals is as critical to building a sense of being part
of a common community as the finished murals are in
themselves. What a wonderful way to each young people
how to work cooperatively in expressing their shared
desires for a more peaceful and harmonious world!
J weldon - Jan '07
I just love to spend a day in belfast photographing
the murals as a hobby its wonderful plus the crack
in the city
Danta Lipinska - Nov '06
The Youth of the world are the future of the world.
They take our legacy (for better or worse) into their
future, one with which we are only partially involved.
Youth Against Sectarianism and the Mural Projects are
vital links in the process of change and growth, AND
positive continuity. Karen Kelly Cahillane's gifts as
a communicator and facilitator, known for her integrity
and 'staying power' with the young people of the world
and in their diverse communities is inspirational. The
observable outcomes in the lives and on the walls of
those she works with, the often impactful visual - mural
art leave us true cause for celebration of our shared
humanity and a reminder that HOPE and PEACE can be just
around your corner...........
Jim Walsh - Sep '06
There was a mural of my house at 34 Eliza Street in
the Market. I have a snap shot of it that was taken
in the early 70s. The mural shows my house next door
to Johnny McKeown's Blacksmith shop on Eliza Street.
It's not political/religious in any way. I guess someone
just thought it needed to be preserved in some way since
the buildings are all gone now. It was the same picture
captured in Joe O'Kane's sketch which was included in
a Calendar showing many of the old Market locations.
Does anyone know if the mural still exists and where
it is located.
Katherine Crawford - Aug '06
I am proud to know Karen Kelly. Peace murals are a way
to bring kids together in an effective peaceful way.
Sharing a vision of peace and then drawing it, eliminates