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What is BelfastEntries.com

Belfastentries.com is a husband & wife hobby website built to provide information on the people, places, products and 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 and 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.

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 have much more in common that bring us together rather than covering 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 doesnt include the countless hours in researching articles and keeping them up-to-date.

Scotty at the Big Fish
Scotty at the Big Fish

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, banter 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.

Belfast CityHall
Belfast City Hall

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.

Map of Belfast Entries
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 over articles to come.

The Belfast Entries website name

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. Our audience has grown rapidly as we learn & share more information.

Why not grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and join us on our journey into history?


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Mill chimney - a common sight in Belfast

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Bodies Illustration at the scene Belfast Telegraph 13th March 1890

Nora’s Grave – A True Story of Love & Death

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Belfast Long Bridge crossed the River Lagan between 1688 and 1841

Unusual Laws in Old Belfast 1613 – 1816

By P&P / 11 March 2022 / 0 Comments

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