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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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  • Here there are many murals to discover, especially the many various details and the historical correlations are interesting.
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  • Sandy row starts behind the railway station in Great Victoria Street station, and opens her portrait of William III of Orange, ceiling at home. At this intersection, opposite the Holiday Inn I rolled first on Linfield road: low-rise houses here a little graffiti on the topic of conflict. I advise you to go after all the Sandy row and walk up to the intersection with Blythe st. Here on the wall drawn by legendary footballer George best. If you compare this region with Shankill Road, there is less graffiti, but this street is closer, almost in the very center. I came here on foot from the bus station Europe for several minutes. Yes, and produces this place still not such a gloomy impression as a bastion of Protestants in Lower Shankille.
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  • Sandy Row is a road practically in Belfast- a street. It is a loyalist area with murals and is illustrative of the divisive culture in Northern Ireland - however it is an excellent spot to get genuine...  more »