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Loyalist mural, Shankill Parade, Lower Shankill, West Belfast, 2002. Mural commemorates life of Oliver Cromwell, 'Born 1599, Died 1658, Lieutenant General, Lord Protector Defender of the Protestant Faith'. Cromwell is a Protestant hero for his role as staunch defender of the true faith and his conquest of rebellious Catholic Ireland in 1649-1652. Mural shows four of Cromwell's New Model Army (roundheads) putting to death a Catholic (cavalier) rebel. Two side panels read: (left) 'Catholicism is more than a religion[.] It is a political power therefore I[’]m led to believe there will be no peace in Ireland until the Catholic Church is crushed - Oliver Cromwell', and (right) 'Our clergy persecuted and our Protestant churches desecrated[.] Also our Protestant people slaughtered in their thousands - Oliver Cromwell'. Loyalist