February 7, 2008
This Oliver Cromwell mural can be found on the side of the residential building in Shankill Rd, Belfast, Northern Ireland. This mural wall faces a green grassed small park where children play who lives in the buildings surrounding the park. Many of these residential buildings facing the park had some type of mural sending strong messages from Unionist/Loyalist.
Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) was an English soldier and statesman who worked to make England a republic. When he dominated “Commonwealth of England”, Cromwell conquered Ireland and Scotland, and ruled as lord protector from 1653 till he died. Cromwell became army commander and lord lieutenant of Ireland. He’s viewed as a hero of liberty to some and as a regicidal dictator to others in Ireland, where he crushed resistance with the massacres of the garrisons at Drogheda and Wexford (1649). When the Royalists took the power in 1660, his body was dug up and beheaded after hang in chains.
This mural of Olivery Cromwell sends message with following writing:
- Catholicism is more than a religion. It is a Political Power therefore Iím led to believe there will be no peace in Ireland until the Catholic Church is Crushed.
- Our Clergy persecuted and our protestant churches desecrated also our protestant people slaughtered in their thousands.