Late night stroll with Niall Ó Donnghaile around Short Strand

To get a different perspective on the Eleventh Night and the Twelfth Day, I went for a late night walk with Niall Ó Donnghaile around Short Strand about half an hour before midnight.

While some young folk were congregating around the Mountpottinger/Albertbridge Road junction, the area was largely deserted – the only noise being the PA belting out music in Pitt Park, about a hundred yards away over the wall.

Now a Sinn Féin councillor, and this year Belfast’s Lord Mayor, Niall has lived in Short Strand for a long time and reflected on what the Eleventh Night means for the area community – most folk staying indoors, or going away for a few days – as well as how the season has changed over the years.

Eleventh night stroll with @NiallSF (part 1) (mp3)

He also spoke about the burning of flags, and the fact that his image on his election posters would be going up in smoke later that night.

Eleventh night stroll with @NiallSF (part 2) (mp3)

Just under ten minutes, split across two Audioboos.

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  • lamhdearg

    did you ask him about thecut throating of henry in the markets.

  • No – we stayed on the topic of bonfires and the Twelfth.

  • orly

    Venture onto the Albertbridge Road for a nosey?

  • orly – I didn’t. I was parked at the other end. Police landrovers had blocked off the road to country-bound traffic – since there was a bonfire at Cluan Place on the side of the street – but while there was a bit of a crowd, it seemed quiet enough (before midnight anyway).

  • HeinzGuderian

    Meanwhile,in a midnight stroll around the west of the city…………….

  • chewnicked

    Numerous sectarian songs played when the Orange Parade passed the Short Strand this morning. So much for the promised hymns. What will the Parades Commission do about this and will the Orange Order punish the bands involved ?
    Failure to take action merely confirms that Orangefest is just a March of the Bigots