Once upon a time, most of Northern Ireland's art was political, devoted the the time colloquially known as the Troubles. There were images that promoted either republican or loyalist beliefs. Others glorified groups like the Irish Republican Army or the Ulster Volunteer Force, effectively paramilitary organizations. Still others honored those who had lost their lives in the violence.
Reuters photographer Cathal McNaughton spent the last several months documenting street art across the country, and he's noticed a stark and, perhaps, welcome change. According to Reuters:
However, since the paramilitary ceasefires some of the paintings have become less sectarian, celebrating sporting successes and cultural achievements.
Below, images of old and new street art: