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Historically most of the hundreds of murals across Northern Ireland promoted either republican or loyalist political beliefs, often glorifying paramilitary groups such as the Irish Republican Army or the Ulster Volunteer Force, however, since the paramilitary ceasefires, some of the paintings have become less sectarian, celebrating sporting successes and cultural achievements.

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A mural in the Bogside area of Derry City depicts a petrol bomber during the Battle of the Bogside which took place in 1969 between residents of the area and the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

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Pigeons fly past a mural in the Shankill Road area of West Belfast depicting a Gaelic myth about the claiming of Ulster.

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Loyalist paramilitary and political murals are pictured in the Shankill Road area of West Belfast.

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Golfer Rory McIlroy is pictured on a wall in the Holylands area of Belfast.

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A mural features Irish boxer Michael Conlan winning a bronze medal in the flyweight division at the 2012 Summer Olympics on a wall in the Falls road area of West Belfast.

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People walk past a Loyalist Paramilitary mural in the Shankill Road area of West Belfast.

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A mural shows the apparition of the Virgin Mary to six Catholics in the town of Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast.

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A mural on the Shankill road shows tributes to Britain's Queen Elizabeth in West Belfast.

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A mural in the village of Cushendall in north Antrim commemorates 100 years of the local Gaelic Athletic Club.

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A mural in the Bogside area of Derry commemorates the beginning of the struggle in Derry for democratic rights.

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A man checks his mobile phone beside a loyalist paramilitary mural in the Waterside area of Derry.

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A mural in the Bogside area of Derry City depicts Operation Motorman.

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