The City of Murals Adds Lyra McKee to its Walls

The piece depicts words uttered by the late journalist, “It won’t always be like this. It’s going to get better.”

22 artists worked together to create the mural honouring McKee. 

A mural of journalist Lyra McKee, who was shot and killed during rioting in Creggan, County Derry last month, has been painted in Belfast.

Dublin-based artist Emma Blake and 21 other artists blanketed most of Kent Street in new artwork over the bank holiday weekend as part of the annual Hit the North street art festival.

Blake, who created the image, shared a shot of the piece on social media saying: "Nothing can bring Lyra back. Lyra did a lot of great work in her lifetime and had a lot of great work still to do.

"She would have done great things. We won't get to witness the great work she would have done but can make sure this never happens again. In Lyra's words: Here's to better times ahead and saying goodbye to bombs and bullets."

The poignant image of the 29-year-old is painted alongside the words of a powerful letter she wrote to her 14-year-old self; "It won't always be like this. It's going to get better".

The letter – which has gained worldwide prominence since her death – spoke of the difficulty of growing up gay in Northern Ireland.

The location of the mural is also significant, as it faces an existing artwork that provided a striking backdrop for a photograph of Ms McKee that was widely circulated in days after she was killed.

Main image by @emmaleneblake

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