Divis Street / Sráid Dhuibhise
The Gaeltacht Quarter / An Cheathrú Ghaeltachta
There are many places of social and cultural significance in this vicinity. Raise your eyes and you'll see the twin spires of St Peter's Cathedral, a much-loved landmark of West Belfast. St Peter's is the mother church of the Diocese of Down & Connor. It was opened on Sunday 14th October 1866 and the distinction of Cathedral was conferred on June 29 1986. Designed in the Gothic Revival style by Father Jeremiah McAuley, St Peter's Cathedral stands on ground donated by Bernard (Barney) Hughes, a successful local baker and renowned philanthropist.
Nearby is Divis Tower, which shares its name with Divis mountain. Built in 1966 and standing just over 200 ft high, Divis Tower is a reminder of a time when tower blocks were seen as a way to build a better future. The British army put an observation post on its roof in the 1970s and occupied its two uppermost floors until 2005. This iconic tower block has since been restored to full residential use.
During its long and colourful history, St Comgall's school has been a non-denominational school, a Protestant school, a Catholic school and an employment centre. The building dates from 1857,
Belfast bap, soda farls, wheaten bread, batch loaf, treacle farls and of course, potato bread. Belfast folks have enjoyed a long love affair with Belfast's unique breads. So both its citizens and its bakers owe much to Andrews Flour Mill, which since 1895 has brought employment and industry to the Falls Road. Today however, it is the wall of Andrews Flour Mill that receives most acclaim. Dubbed the International Wall, its murals depict a tapestry of local and global historical and political events. Themes portrayed in the murals have included subjects as diverse as Basque independence, the Cuban Revolution, and Picasso's 'Guernica'. The murals are ever-changing, so visitors are never quite sure what they might see.
[Photo captions, from top to bottom, read]
• St Peter's Cathedral
• The view from Divis Tower, late 1970s
• Picasso's Guernica reimagined
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Patriots & Patriotism • Peace • Wars, Non-US.
Location. 54° 35.985′ N, 5° 56.729′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Marker is on Divis Street (Northern Ireland Route A501) 0.4 kilometers west of Westlink (Northern Ireland Route A12), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belfast, Northern Ireland BT13 2HE, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abhainn na Feirste / River Belfast (within shouting distance of this marker); Fall Road Carnegie Library / Leabharlann Carnegie na bhFál (approx. half a kilometer away); Bayardo Bar Bombing Victims (approx. half a kilometer away); Séamus Mac Roibín / Seamus Robinson (approx. half a kilometer away); Michael O'Dwyer, Paddy Loughran, and Pat McBride (approx. half a kilometer away); Bobby Sands MP (approx. half a kilometer away); Pat (Beág) McGeown (approx. half a kilometer away); Máire Drumm (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 27, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.