Slan Abhaile

Slan Abhaile is an Irish phrase meaning goodbye to someone who is travelling home. This picture is from a nationalist wall painting to encourage British forces to be withdrawn from the streets of the province. Despite being sent to Northern Ireland to help protect the Catholic community, the British Army became identified with the forces of oppression by nationalists and was even attacked by loyalists at times. The Good Friday Agreement marked a monumental transition in the political landscape of Northern Ireland instituting a remarkable power sharing agreement and the withrdawal of British troops from the streets of Northern Ireland.

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by Stephen Luscombe