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Sandy Row, Belfast

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Sandy Row is a street in south Belfast, Northern Ireland. It lends its name to the surrounding residential community, which is predominantly Protestant working-class. The Sandy Row area had a population of 2,153 in 2001. It is a staunchly loyalist area of Belfast, being a traditional heartland for affiliation with the paramilitary Ulster Defence Association (UDA) and the Orange Order.LocationSandy Row is situated in south Belfast, beginning at the edge of the city centre, close to the Europa Hotel. The road runs south from the Boyne Bridge (formerly the Saltwater Bridge) over the old Dublin railway line beside Great Victoria Street station, then crosses the Donegall Road and ends at the bottom of the Lisburn Road. At the north end of the road was the famous Murray's tobacco factory, which was first opened in 1810, while at the other is a large Orange hall.HistoryFormerly known as Carr's Row, Sandy Row is one of the oldest residential areas of Belfast. Its growth in population was in large part due to the expansion of the linen industry in Rowland Street. The name Sandy Row derived from the sandbank which abutted the road that followed the high-water mark resulting from the flow off the tidal waters of the Lagan River estuary. For over two thousand years, the road along the sandbank was the principal thoroughfare leading south from Carrickfergus.
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  • A mini, very mini Shankill Road. A nice mural of the man himself. Bit run down. Best seen from the top of one of the city tour buses. Typical of what was once a loyalist working class area . Not reall...  read more »
  • We stayed in the Holiday Inn , right oposite to this area , walked around, youcan sense the love for Nothern Ireland as part of the UK. 
  • Get off on your Hop On Hop Off and experience the history of the streets and if you prefer to stay on you see it. 
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