Photograph of the day Berry Street protest

Flaxart/Forum for an alternative Belfast - Berry Street protest

Being busy myself on Friday nights culture night i didn’t get to see too much. However i did catch the protest from Flaxart and the forum for an Alternative Belfast which is actively lobbying for Berry Street to be reopened.

Formerly known as Factory Row, now Berry Street, it runs from Royal Ave to Smithfield Market, or it did until a rubbish yard was built when Castlecourt was developed, effectively closing the street.

Bank Square is a much under utilised area of the city centre and the opening of Berry street could see the potential of an inner city outdoor space available to all and sundry. There are also plans a foot to start a weekly market in Bank square.

Anyways Culture Night was a blast and it was great to see so many people out and about enjoying over 100 free events, performances, exhibitions, workshops, screenings, readings and the like.

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  • Comrade Stalin

    Great idea. Let’s open a sports massage parlour down there.

  • lover not a fighter

    Is this the future for the unemployed ?

  • joeCanuck


  • Cynic

    Save the shoplifters and tramps having to walk the long way around and provide another exit route when a fight breaks out near the chapel.

  • Paul McMahon

    Have always thought that Bank Sq would be an ideal place for a Sunday market although I suspect that the rate paying shopoweners in Belfast City Centre may have something to say about it.

  • A little bit of history from the street: “This new institution, The Belfast Fever Hospital and Dispensary, was in this way established, and the future expansion and foundations of the Medical School can be traced to this small hospital of six beds, opened in May, 1797.”

  • Cynic

    Didnt it then expand to Queen Street to the old barracks?

  • Cynic

    Someone should tell that poor girl on the left that bright red shoes and faded jeans are a fashion disaster.

    Perhaps it was an anarco-syndicialist protest – or she dressed in the dark

  • Granni Trixie

    This is a trip down memory lane for me as I associate Berry Street with “the Holy Shop”. For although I can hardly believe it myself, as I was very into religious practices once, I used to browse in the wee holy shop for religious treasures – holy pictures, medals, CTS pamphlets entitled, “You too can be a Saint” (I was bent on following the model of the Virgin Mary but next was working up to being a saint).

    All gone. Thank God.

  • lamhdearg

    thats what belfast needs an outside toilet. and another escape route for those who like to pray on the weak.

  • lamhdearg

    Granni pray/prey get it.