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I choose to describe the Celtic Emblem, symbol of the Nationalists and the poppy, symbol of the Loyalists.

*Celtic Emblem
Irish Nationalists see themselves as descendants of a Celtic past. The Celts lived on the island of Ireland since around 500 BC, and nurtured a very strong Gaelic culture (with its own language, sport, music and mythology) which is still widely used to this day. The Celtic traditions that had withstood the Viking and Norman invasions became overwhelmed in the seventeenth century by the English invasions and plantations.

*Poppy

The poppy is a symbol across Europe means « pavot » or « coquelicot » in French. The Remembrance Day Poppy was initially used to commemorate the dead of World War I, in which many Irishmen, both Protestant and Catholic, died fighting. The symbol has long been the preserve of the Unionist community as it is seen as clearly British. In fact, the wearing of poppies in Northern Ireland is seen by many as a political symbol and a symbol of Britishness, representing support for the British Army. Loyalist paramilitaries (such as the UVF) have also used poppies to commemorate their own members who were killed in The Troubles .While it can still be the cause of public debate, the poppy is slowly growing in popularity with Irish Nationalists who also wish to pay tribute to those who died in the two World Wars. But most Irish nationalists / republicans , and Irish Catholics, choose not to wear poppies; they regard the Poppy Appeal as supporting soldiers who killed Irish civilians (for example on Bloody Sunday ) and who colluded with illegal loyalist paramilitaries during The Troubles.  The wearing poppies not common is partly due to the British Army's role in fighting against Irish independence, its activities during the War of Independence (for example the Burning of Cork ) and the British Army's role in Northern Ireland during the Troubles . Concerning the own symbol, the red symbolises the blood spilt. Pacifists prefer to wear a white poppy to make it clear they are not celebrating war in any way.

*Mural

This new mural is situated in the Newtownards Road, * a protestant area in east Belfast. It was created by Belfast artist Dee Craig, * and replaces a mural depicting a large Red Hand Commando (RHC) crest and two masked gunmen. *Tuesday, March 15, 2016, First Minister Arlene Foster has unveiled this new Battle of the Somme mural that has replaced sinister loyalist imagery in east Belfast. * In fact, it pays tribute to the heroism and sacrifice of the 36th Ulster Division at the Somme in 1916.

The main picture is surrounded by a border of red poppies. At the bottom, we can see a banner with a quote from Captain Wilfred Spencer of the 36th (Ulster) Division's headquarters staff, which says: "I am not an Ulsterman but yesterday, the 1st July, as I followed their amazing attack, I felt that I would rather be an Ulsterman than anything else in the world. My pen cannot describe adequately the hundreds of heroic acts that I witnessed… The Ulster Volunteer Force, from which the division was made, has won a name which equals any in history." This is written in white on black.                           In the middle at the foreground, there is a white tower at the end of a path separating two lawn beds. On the left hand side, soldiers were turned; we couldn't see their face. They are armed by a sword, wearing spiked helmet, boots and a backpack. Under these soldiers, a crowd of people seem to be fighting. On the right hand-side, other soldiers are visible from a front view. They also are wearing a helmet but different and assault rifles. One of them is holding his sword upwards accompanied by his eyes. This part of soldiers is looking aggressive and determined, and they are looking towards the horizon. Under, a piece of old writing paper is represented with a transparency effect. Then, in the left hand corner, a frame lined by the British Flag include a message “Your king and country need you. Enlist now”. This part of the background is faded.  On the whole, the main colors are the red poppies, the green lawn and the black and white soldiers and landscape.

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