East Belfast is solidly PUL but there is a small CNR 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 is the main north-south route through the area. The northern end was in former times heavily industrialised (hence the street names “Chemical Street” and “Vulcan Street”) but all of that is now gone. The eastern wall of the bus depot that was built on part of the old works yards provides a long surface and a prominent site for republican murals.
1998? Claiming Equality
late 90s Éire with Proclamation
2000 The Clockwork Orangemen
Éire with Sands quote
(D00904 D00905 see also M01689)
End The Siege Of Short Strand (David And Goliath) painted over far right of Hunger Strikers
Free Sean Kelly
(unattributed image X05608)
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)