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The Top 20 Articles – Updated May 2022

The Top 20 Belfast Entries posts highlight the stories that have been most read since the website started in December 2020. We have 8 New Entries in the chart since the December Chart. Have you read them all?


1. Galboly – The County Antrim Village Lost in Time

Galboly cottage view

In the picturesque glens of Antrim lies the abandoned village of Galboly. Hidden from view, its derelict cottage ruins recall a bygone age


2. Vere Foster – One of the greatest men you’ve never heard of

Vere Foster Grave Full Inscription
Vere Foster contributed enormously to Ireland’s famine relief, emigration support, charity, health & education only to die forgotten and poor

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

Bodies Illustration at the scene Belfast Telegraph 13th March 1890
The love story of Nora Tattersall & George Arthur and their tragic deaths on the Cavehill, County Antrim in 1890 resonates to this day


4. Ardoyne – The Story of a Village – Belfast Entries

Millie close-up
Today Ardoyne is a busy working-class district in north Belfast. However it was once a village in beautiful countryside. This is it’s story.

5. Barney Hughes – The baker “beloved by the working classes”

Belfast Bap - from Rileys Home Bakery
Barney Hughes is remembered for his desire for social justice, his unstinting generosity and humanitarian reform, but also for the Belfast Bap

6. Have you seen Charlie Chaplin on Joy Street, Belfast?

Joy Street sign
Joy Street is one of the best surviving examples of Georgian architecture in the heart of Belfast with a historic link to Charlie Chaplin

7. Hannahstown & it’s Church on the Hill – A Turbulent History

View from the front of Hannahstown Church
A brief history of Hannahstown, it’s Church and the turbulent times endured by the people of the parish.

8. The Crosskeys Inn – Ireland’s Oldest Thatched Public House

Front of Crosskeys
County Antrim’s Crosskeys Inn is the oldest thatched public house in Ireland and offers a truly authentic traditional Irish pub experience.

9. Bang Beggars, Vulcans and other old Irish Occupations

Old Irish Occupations
Historical official records & documents sometimes refer to long-forgotten old Irish occupations. We list some of the more unusual.

10. Unusual Laws in Old Belfast 1613 – 1816

Belfast Long Bridge crossed the River Lagan between 1688 and 1841
A look at some of the laws & regulations of old Belfast Town that may appear very unusual or strange to modern eyes.

11. St Malachy’s Church – “Strangers will look with admiration”

St Malachy's Church Interior
Saint Malachy’s Church in Belfast is a Grade A listed building near the heart of the city noted for it’s stunning design.

12. Friar’s Bush Graveyard – A Fascinating History

Friar's Bush Graveyard
Sometimes we just don’t see the hidden treasures in our city… Friar’s Bush is Belfast’s oldest Christian burial site. The oldest legible headstone is of a Thomas Gibson who died in 1717.

13. Belfast Street Art – Transforming City Streets

Belfast Street Art - Donegll Street Belfast 2
Street Art has long featured on Northern Ireland walls. Now Belfast city centre has been enhanced with a range of sensational street paintings

14. The Forgotten Town of Coole & the Church of the Holy Evangelists

Tom Scott marker
The story of Coole parish includes a forgotten town, supernatural pacts, philanthropy & the history of the Church of the Holy Evangelists

15. Shankill Graveyard – An Intriguing Story

The Watch-House
Shankill Graveyard has a fascinating 1,500 year history featuring St Patrick, plagues, famine, a bullaun stone & Resurrection Men

16. Visiting Belfast’s Oldest Pubs

Scotty at Whites Tavern
A look at some of Belfast’s ‘oldest’ pubs in the city centre. People debate which is the oldest and which is the best. Try them yourself

17. James Haddock – The Ghost Who Gave Evidence in Court

Courtroom scene
The strange tale of James Haddock, a man who died in 1657 but whose ghost returned subsequently to give evidence in Carrickfergus Court

18. Saint Mary’s Church, Belfast – An inspirational story

Scotty at St Mary's Church
The construction of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Belfast in 1784 with widespread Protestant support reflected the end of the Penal Laws

19. Body Snatchers – Death, Resurrection Men… and Murder

Dunegore Mort-House
In 18th century Ireland body snatching was a real problem throughout the country. A variety of tactics were employed to deter the thieves…

20. Friendly Advice – Do not keep a cow in the house longer than a year

Cow in House - Friendly Advice
Catherine Alexander’s book “Friendly Advice to Irish Mothers on Training their Children” (1839) aims to educate mothers on parenting and managing their households

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What are others reading now?

Galboly cottage view

Galboly – The County Antrim Village Lost in Time

By P&P / 30 September 2021 / 4 Comments
Mill chimney - a common sight in Belfast

Ardoyne – The Story of a Village

By P&P / 13 November 2021 / 2 Comments
Bodies Illustration at the scene Belfast Telegraph 13th March 1890

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

By P&P / 19 March 2022 / 0 Comments
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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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 enjoyed this article…

Remember that we can only post to a specific FB group if the subject is relevant – no group will see all posts as our topics vary every week. If you like the Belfast Entries stories and want to see ALL new posts, please add us as Facebook friends by clicking the button to see new posts on your FB timeline. We will never send SPAM / unwanted messages to you.

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. We are grateful for every donation and would like to thank every contributor. We will adhere to our promise never to send unsolicited emails. Your support is appreciated.

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Buy Us a Coffee
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We have 5 donations this month. 🙂

Thank you for your donations and words of encouragement

We had 4 donations last month. Thank you


What are others reading now?

Galboly cottage view

Galboly – The County Antrim Village Lost in Time

By P&P / 30 September 2021 / 4 Comments
Mill chimney - a common sight in Belfast

Ardoyne – The Story of a Village

By P&P / 13 November 2021 / 2 Comments
Bodies Illustration at the scene Belfast Telegraph 13th March 1890

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

By P&P / 19 March 2022 / 0 Comments
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

A Quick Question Before You Leave

To help cover website costs we currently allow Google Ads. We are considering showing local small business ads instead. Which would you prefer?

Sharing Posts

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