What is BelfastEntries.com
Belfastentries.com is a husband & wife hobby website built to provide information on the people, places, products and other stories of interest in Belfast and further afield.
We originally planned this website as a post-retirement hobby but brought forward our plans during the Covid lockdown in 2020. As we were confined us to our house, we started to look into local history, places to visit, interesting people & stories that may be of interest to readers at home and abroad.
We are not historians and the intention is not to produce a dry history. The history books tell the big stories – we’ll leave them to it. Instead we will look at the smaller stories impacting the everyday lives of our ancestors, our towns & villages and the forgotten folk who tried to help those in need. We will publish articles about our heroes and shared history – concentrating on what unites us rather than our divisions along with posts highlighting interesting places to visit. Hopefully the posts will be of interest to all readers, home and abroad as we learn and share information on our past..
Please note that, although the website will occasionally cover historical figures and turbulent times, it is not a website about ‘the Troubles’ or other historical conflicts. We believe that we have much more in common that brings us together rather than the history that divides us.
The website is not restricted to Belfast but our full-time jobs do limit opportunites & time to explore further afield for the moment.
Note: We have recently started carrying adverts on the website. This is something that we dislike but the reality is that the website costs hundreds of pounds a year to run and that doesn’t include the countless hours spent in researching articles and keeping them up-to-date. Note: The ads do not even cover our costs never mind generating profits. We won’t get rich on this website. If you dislike the ads then please feel free to use an ad blocker with your browser to avoid them.
Background to the website
Tourists often list Belfast and the surrounding counties as favourite places to visit. Reasons vary but in a relatively small geographic area visitors see a fascinating history, impressive buildings & monuments, beautiful and varied scenery, talented people in entertainment, arts & crafts and a population frequently celebrated for its sense of humour and friendliness.
We thought that it would be interesting to take a closer look at our own surroundings, ancestors and stories and share these on the BelfastEntries website.
What are the Belfast Entries?
The Belfast Entries
The ‘Belfast Entries’ are a series of alleys/ side streets around High Street and Ann Street that date back to the earliest days of Belfast. These provide a fascinating glimpse into Belfast history in themselves.
Location of Belfast Entries
The significance of these sidestreets has often been overlooked and indeed ‘the entries’ were neglected and allowed to fall into disrepair for decades. However a new Belfast Entries Project is underway to transform the entries into vibrant places that are safe, welcoming while reflecting their historical importance. This is to be welcomed. We will look into the stories of these historical entries in articles to come.
Why is the website called Belfast Entries?
The Belfast Entries website name is a simple play on words – reflecting our intention to produce website entries or posts that will reference the everyday reality of our ancestors. We have covered the history of a few of “the entries” to date and plan to do more. We have also told stories of historic department stores, old theatres, ghosts, outlaws and forgotten heroes who helped so many without due recognition. Our audience has grown rapidly as we research & share more information on these varied topics and recent memories.
Why not grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and join us on our journey into history?
What are others reading now?
Galboly – The County Antrim Village Lost in Time
Ardoyne – The Story of a Village
Nora’s Grave – A True Story of Love & Death
Have you seen Charlie Chaplin on Joy Street, Belfast?
Unusual Laws in Old Belfast 1613 – 1816
Hannahstown & it’s Church on the Hill – A Turbulent History
Old Belfast Castles – What lies beneath our streets?
Barney Hughes – The baker “beloved by the working classes”
Vere Foster – One of the greatest men you’ve never heard of
Pottinger’s Entry – One of Belfast’s oldest streets
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Belfast Entries is a husband & wife hobby website featuring articles on our shared history, memories and entertaining stories of our past. We hope you enjoy visiting the website. If you like our posts please help us to grow our readership by sharing any posts that you like. There are social media sharing icons at the foot of each post. Simply tap to share with your friends.
A Word of Thanks
We would particularly like to thank those who have made a donation via Paypal or the “Buy Us A Coffee” feature. Every small donation goes a little way towards covering the costs of running the website and helps us keep Belfast Entries running. Your support is appreciated.
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Cost of Living Crisis
Given the current cost of living crisis that will impact so many in coming months we have added a page signposting organisations that may be able to offer support. We have no relationship with these organisations and cannot offer financial advice but we hope that some of the links may prove useful.
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