April 2019 began for me with a trip to Ballymena to see Linfield beat Ballymena United 1-0 to all but secure the Irish League title.

The next day, I made the most of a football free Saturday by heading to East Belfast to get some photos of some newly painted Street Art.

The following Saturday, I was back on the football trail, seeing Linfield secure the point they needed, against Crusaders, to become Champions.

The week after, came the trophy presentation, following a forgettable 4-0 defeat against Glenavon.

My last Linfield game of the season was a lot better, a 5-1 win over Cliftonville on Easter Tuesday.

April ended with a trip to Lisburn to Island Arts Centre for an art event where murals were painted live.

Ballymena United v Linfield

East Belfast Street Art

East Belfast Street Art Photo Album

Linfield v Crusaders

Linfield Title Celebrations

Linfield v Glenavon

Linfield Title Presentations

Linfield v Cliftonville

Lisburn Street Art

Lisburn Street Art Photo Album


I know what you’re thinking, I cycled to Lisburn and took some photos outside R Space.

Well, I did cycle to Lisburn on Easter Monday, but I didn’t get any photos as there’s nothing new there, the mural of Top Cat is still there.

No, this Street Art event was indoors, at Island Arts Centre, as part of an live art painting event called The Outsiders, involving JMK, DMC, Verz, Friz, KVLR and Emic, whose artwork has previously appeared on this blog.

Those attended could take advantage of wine that was provided, or if they wanted to go upmarket there were various flavours of Tayto provided.

This event was listed as starting at 7pm and finishing at 9pm. I didn’t want to appear too eager, so I turned up around 7.15pm.

I have a suspicion that some of the work might have started earlier, as they were well progressed when I arrived. Either that, or they are very quick workers.

If the event happens again, I might head straight from work to be there earlier.

I stayed and observed pieces being painted, staying until just before 9pm and getting photos of the final pieces.

Those final pieces will be staying in Island Arts Centre as part of an exhibition, which also includes other framed work by the artists featured, which can be purchased if you wish.

You may remember last month that I covered some new Street Art in East Belfast.

If you’re interested, there’s a write-up about it in a free newspaper called Shankill and East Belfast Extra. It’s usually found at Tesco, but there’s a stall in Connswater where you can just lift one.

They’ve also got the story on their website, so to save you the effort of searching for a copy, here’s the online version of the story – here.

A very nice warm-up for Hit The North, which will be taking place earlier this year, over the May Bank Holiday Weekend rather than September.

Naturally, i’ll be out with my camera documenting it.

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November began with a long trip to Fermanagh to see Linfield take on Ballinamallard. It was raining goals and raining rain as Linfield won 6-0.

From going West, it was going East that was next on my agenda, as Northern Ireland took on Switzerland with the aim of going to Russia. They lost 1-0.

The following day, it was a trip to Ballymena, to see Linfield lose 2-1.

The following Friday, the entertainment was of a musical variety, as The Killers came to The Odyssey.

The photos continued on a musical theme, getting photos of a Run DMC mural in Belfast, as well as some Street Art beside Apache.

It was back to football, seeing Linfield beat Coleraine and Glenavon.

The last day of the month saw me cycle to Lisburn to get some Street art photos, including a mural of Top Cat.

Ballinamallard United v Linfield

Northern Ireland v Switzerland

Northern Ireland v Switzerland Photo Album

Ballymena United v Linfield

The Killers live at The Odyssey

The Killers live at The Odyssey Photo Album

Run DMC/Apache Mural

Run DMC Mural Photo Album

Apache Mural Photo Album

Linfield v Coleraine

Glenavon v Linfield

Lisburn Street Art

Lisburn Street Art Photo Album


May 2017 began with Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and a trip to Custom House Square to see The Divine Comedy in concert.

That was followed that weekend, by the Irish Cup Final, where Linfield beat Coleraine 3-0.

I then filled a football free Saturday afternoon by cycling to Lisburn and getting some Street Art photos.

Well, just the one football free Saturday, as the following weekend, I took in one more football match, travelling to Manchester to see United take on Crystal Palace.

While I was in Manchester, I took the opportunity to get some Street Art photos.

The month ended with a trip to The Limelight to see George Ezra in concert

The Divine Comedy live at Custom House Square

The Divine Comedy live at Custom House Square Photo Album

Linfield v Coleraine

Linfield v Coleraine Photo Album

Lisburn Street Art – May 2017

Lisburn Street Art – May 2017 Photo Album

Manchester Street Art

Manchester Street Art Photo Album

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

Manchester United v Crystal Palace Photo Album

George Ezra live at The Limelight

George Ezra live at The Limelight Photo Album


Some new photos of Street Art to report, from a usual location, in Lisburn City Centre at the R Space Gallery.

There was a mural of Top Cat painted a while back, and I had been waiting ages to get a photo. Unfortunately, every time I went to get a photo of it, there was a car parked in front of it, blocking any chance of a decent photo. Not wanting to be a grass, but it’s a double yellow line.

Every few Sundays I cycled over, but my plans were thwarted by parked cars.

Using up some Annual Leave, I was off work today, so I decided to see if I would have better luck on a Thursday instead.

It seems that Lisburn folk have finally learnt to park, or maybe they’re not so brave at committing parking violations during the working week, i’ll let you decide.

I got a clear view of the Top Cat mural and got some photos.

The delay turned out to be a stroke of luck for me, as another mural recently appeared, of a man and woman looking at each other with Laser Eyes.

I’m not sure what the building work that is going on around it, but if it continues to provide a platform for Street Art in Lisburn, the building work can take as long as it wants.

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Lisburn Street Art April 2017

Lisburn Street Art May 2017


You may remember last month that I visited Lisburn to get some Street Art photos. Well, the wall got an update so I headed back (on my bike again, still got sore legs) to get new photos.

You can thank @bohoman on Twitter for bringing this to may attention, always worth a follow for Street Art and Curiousities in Belfast.

The image of Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction has been replaced with an elderly man just about to hit a gavel, saying “Kids these days”.

The image of the two women (not pictured in this blog but featured in the one last month) is still there.

If you are in Lisburn and want to check it out, it can be found on Castle Street.

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Lisburn Street Art April 2017


Described as “The city for everything” by Christine Bleakley, Lisburn even has some Street Art for you if you’re that way inclined.

I’m going to confess something, this is a blog post that took six months to write.

Back in October last year, I was using up Annual Leave, and decided to spend a Monday morning cycling to Lisburn. I didn’t take my camera with me as I didn’t think there’d be anything worth photographing. How wrong I was.

As I headed into the City Centre, I spotted some murals on scaffolding beside R-Space Gallery on Castle Street.

I decided to wait until the next Bank Holiday to head back on my bike with a camera and get some snaps.

Days off over Christmas came, but Storm Barbara stopped me. St Patrick’s Day came, and more rain stopped me. So, Easter Monday, dry in the morning, I got out on my bike and got snapping as soon as I reached Lisburn.

The mural I saw back in October was still there. You may recognise it as being similar in style to one which appeared at City Gate Quays in Belfast after Culture Night 2015.

Beside that, was a mural of Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction. I think.

R-Space was closed today, but there are also some murals at the entrance of the facilities. I wasn’t able to get photos of it today as the gates were closed. If you are in Lisburn, do take a chance to check it out.

This wasn’t my first experience of Street Art in Lisburn. Back in 2013, I got a picture of this quote on a wall.

My geographic knowledge of Lisburn isn’t the best, but i’m 99.9% certain this was in Castle Street, the same street as today’s murals.

Unfortunately, it is no longer there.

Despite that, there is still some Street Art worth checking out if you are in the Lisburn area.

Photo Album


There may have been no football, but June was still a busy month, with many photos.

At the start of the month, protest t-shirts began appearing on trees in Ormeau Park, and I saw Silhouette in concert at Stiff Kitten.

Meanwhile, I was out and about with my camera, and got some pics of Street Art and Graffiti near Lavery’s. There was even one in East Belfast declaring Eric Clapton’s divinity.

I also attended The Big IF, held at Botanic Gardens to coincide with the G8, where I got absolutely drenched watching Two Door Cinema Club do an Acoustic set. Not one of my more pleasurable photo adventures.

Meanwhile, on my travels, I saw Street Art in Lisburn urging people to love more, stencils of Norman Wisdom in Ballyclare, and attending Whitewash, a Street Art event in Portadown.

Belfast Randomness

Belfast Randomness Photo Album

Silhouette Live At Stiff Kitten Photo Album

Runaway Go Live At Stiff Kitten Photo Album

Eric Clapton and the G8

The Big IF

The Big IF Photo Album

Whitewash Portadown

Whitewash Portadown Photo Album


I only discovered about this on Tuesday, but last night I was at Millennium Court Arts Centre in Portadown for Whitewash, a Street Art event.

The premise of the event is very simple, a lot like the Base Festival in Belfast a few years back, where a series of artists paint some Street Art from scratch, and a crowd watches, with some of the work being sold on, or kept on display.

The event took place in the courtyard of the venue, making the most of the brighter evening. The weather was kind (ie – it was dry)

It was my first time at this event. It started at 7pm, and I arrived at about 8.30pm, when most of the work was already well in progress. Next time I attend this event (there’s an event scheduled for Winter, no exact date has been set) i’ll turn up earlier so that I can really appreciate the process.

Managed to get some good photos, with the bright evening and ease of access to artwork helping.

Incidentally, I had spotted some interesting pieces on my travels across Northern Ireland recently.

The week before last, there was a great piece in Lisburn I spotted, and got pictures of, while last weekend in Ballyclare, there was stencils of Norman Wisdom.

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