East Belfast is solidly loyalist but there is a small republican area immediately east of the Lagan, known as Short Strand, home to about 6,000 Catholics – about one tenth of the population of east Belfast.
St Matthew’s (Catholic) church on Bryson Street serves as the north-east perimeter of Short Strand and was the site of a gun battle in the early Troubles in which three people were killed and which proved the strength of the recently-formed Provisional IRA (Battle Of St Matthew’s).
Mountpottinger Road in the main north-south route through the area. The northern end was in former times heavily industrialised but all that remains now is the bus depot, the eastern wall of which provides a long surface and a prominent site for republican murals.
The Clockwork Orangemen
Éire with locals
End The Siege Of Short Strand (David And Goliath)
Free Sean Kelly
Wear An Easter Lily replaces Free Sean Kelly
… and Dublin, Belfast, Cork And Donegal
2014 – The wall is completely filled in: three IRPWA murals are added in the corner, along with a JFTC2 mural, and Éire is replaced by a Gaza solidarity mural.
Charlie Monahan (2006) | IRPWA (2014) | Maghaberry (2014) | Short Strand Supports POWs (2014) | JFTC2 (2014) | Vote Ó’Donnghaile (2011) | Dublin, Belfast, Cork, And Donegal (2011) | Short Strand Supports Gaza (Do Not Disturb) (2014) | Understand The Past | Palestinian Flag (2009)