You’ve got to feel for David Healy. He’s has not one, but two murals of him in East Belfast painted over. I guess he’ll have to make do with three points every time he visits the East of the city.
There was a mural of his goal against England in 2005 on Montrose Street South.
Following the death of David Ervine, Healy’s mural was painted over, and replaced by one of David Ervine.
To compensate for Healy’s mural being painted over, a new one of his goal against England was painted across the road in Carnforth Street, albeit from a different angle.
To use a football analogy, the mural had seen better days and was heading towards retirement. It had fallen into disrepair. It needed replacing.
If only there was some sort of football event this summer that Northern Ireland were competing in.
In late May, the mural had gone and was replaced by a blank wallspace, with it being teased that it was going to be replaced by something to represent Northern Ireland’s qualification for the European Championship.
By early June, a new mural was progressing, painted by local artist John Stewart.
It was inspired by the iconic images of Gareth McAuley waving a French flag around Windsor Park after Northern Ireland secured qualification with a win over Greece in October 2015, as well as featuring the Eiffel Tower, the IFA crest and the European Championship trophy, and the slogan “Pride. Passion. Belief”
The image took around four days to do, but unfortunately it wasn’t completed in time before I headed to France.
Upon my return from Fance, naturally, I headed out to get some photos of the finished piece.
Hopefully, there’ll be wallspace in Belfast and across Northern Ireland being filled with images of carrying the European Championship trophy around the Stade De France on July 10th.
Need to get a win against Ukraine first.