Political Murals, Belfast 2010

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The Red Hand of Ulster is a symbol from a myth that a contest was held to see who would be King of Ulster (in days of yore and all that).  It was decided that there would be a swimming race to Ulster's shores and whoever's hand touched the shore first would win and be king...Anyway, in the contest, a man was losing until he hit upon the rather clever albeit bloody idea of hacking off one hand and hurling to shore.  He did so and became King of Ulster.  Since then, the &quot;Red Hand&quot; has figured prominently in Loyalist and Protestant symbols, like this which is taken from a much larger mural.