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A mural on the gable end of a housing estate in Rossville Street in the Bogside neighbourhood of Derry depicts events that occurred on Bloody Sunday when the British army opened fire on civil rights protestors and killed fourteen people. This setting is explained in the mural with an image that shows a sizeable crowd of protestors and a megaphone placed below a banner containing the writing — Civil Rights Association.
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The mural which has its own cultural specificities provides a contrast between coerced somatic control and democratic politics. This contrast emerges from its dramatic imagery which is largely based on a photograph taken during the march. A group of men, led by a local catholic priest later to become Bishop Daly who is waving a white handkerchief, is seen carrying the body of Jack Jackie Duddy from the scene of the shooting.
The photograph shows blood on Jack Duddy and on the handkerchief. Notably, the mural does not — an indication that emphasis is placed on grievance and democratic rights and not on the body.
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The intrusion of violence on this exercise of democratic rights is underscored by a banner that during the attack became bloodstained when used to cover the body of one of those killed and which is represented in the mural not as one might expect on the body of a protestor, but with a masked and armed British soldier standing on the blood spattered writing: Civil Rights.
The street is a site of spiritual and cultural significance famous as the focus of resistance to British presence in the six counties. It honours our past.
Our work commemorates the real price paid by a naive and innocent people for simple democratic rights. This means that the meaning of a text, the meaning arising out of discourse, the meaning that emerges from any medium, is always mediated and constructed—it is never transparent but is driven by an underlying ideology.
However, the implication for the Bloody Sunday mural is that its highly evocative signifier does not draw our attention to its mediation; embedded in convention it seems to present reality more directly than symbolic signs.
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Daniel Chandler has noted that a highly motivated sign—such as an iconic sign, is a sign informed largely through social convention Chandler, p. In this illusory state, the sign is preferred to the thing signified thus permitting imagery to mediate the growth of convention. This enquiry is thus concerned to explore the signifying and ideological values articulated in the Bloody Sunday mural.
But the march was scarcely a question of democratic grievance.
Bill Rolston observes that by the time of the march a mood prevailed of insurrection against the British. Unlike the exhortations of these early murals, however, the Bloody Sunday mural speaks of the victim — those injured and dead rushed to cover under the armistice of the white cloth. These protagonists are passive anti-heroes.
Hence the imagery does not document the event; rather a moment from the event is captured and reformulated as a new contingency: one which advances a propogandistic message whereby insurrection is encouraged into an alternative modality of meaning as helplessness. This book is written by author Maurice Coakley. Cutting through many of the myths - imperialist and nationalist - which have obscured the real reasons for Ireland's course of development, Ireland in the World Order provides a new perspective for students and academics of Irish history.
This history examines Ireland's development from the medieval to the modern era, comparing its unique trajectory with that of England, Scotland and Wales. Maurice Coakley focuses on key elements that contributed to Ireland's development, examining its bloody and violent incorporation into the British state, its refusal to embrace the Protestant Reformation and failure to industrialise in the 19th century.
Coakley considers the crucial question of why Ireland's national identity has come to rest on a mass movement for independence. Cutting through many of the myths - imperialist and nationalist - which have obscured the real reasons for Ireland's course of development, Ireland in the World Order provides a new perspective on Irish history. Read eBook on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android This history examines Ireland's development from the medieval to the modern era, comparing its unique trajectory with that of England, Scotland and Wales.