Signs of change in Ballymena…

THE Everything Ulster blogger was pleased to see the UDA mural beside Harryville’s Catholic church removed and replaced with an Ulster Scots design. It was certainly unusual to see photos of the parish priest and a UDA political rep chatting under the new mural – which, unless I’m mistaken (no live pics online yet), features the older Irish version of the Ulster flag – very different from the Northern Ireland flag normally favoured by unionists! Of course, the real test will come in the summer – in recent years, the church has been forced to move services over the marching season because of loyalist intimidation.