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Belfast in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
 

Divis Street / Sráid Dhuibhise

The Gaeltacht Quarter / An Cheathrú Ghaeltachta

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 13, 2019
1. Divis Street / Sráid Dhuibhise Marker
Inscription.  

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,

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By William Fischer, Jr., May 13, 2019
2. Divis Street / Sráid Dhuibhise Marker and Murals
when it opened as the Belfast District Model school. It closed in 1999 and following a period of neglect, was purchased by Falls Community Council in 2002. The FCC's plans for St Comgall's will make it accessible to community groups for a range of community development and peace-building projects. The building still wears the evidence of Belfast's more recent history - look closely and you'll see bullet holes in its brickwork, from shots fired across the peace lines.

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
 
Erected by

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By William Fischer, Jr., May 13, 2019
3. Divis Street Murals
the City of Belfast.
 
Location. 54° 35.985′ N, 5° 56.729′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in County Antrim. 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.
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 13, 2019
4. Divis Street Murals
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 13, 2019
5. Divis Street Murals
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 27, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 27, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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