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Just a question? Why?

How many people know why Donegall Pass has such a curious name? For whom was St. Anne’s Church named? It was not for Queen Anne. There were five Annes and five Arthurs in the Marquis of Donegall’s family and that explains why these names were so frequently used in Belfast. How many know why there is a King John’s Road in Holywood, and a King William’s Road on the Holywood Hill? Why is there a “Joy” Street in that particularly joyless neighbourhood, or a Fountain Street where no water is now seen?

Why should a road high and dry above the city be called The Falls? We shall find why these things are so in Belfast, and then see what is interesting in the places near us.

The first idea which suggested itself was to take the City Hall as a starting point, and in imagination take a walk along each road leading from it out to the suburbs. This is impossible, for in old times the place where the City Hall stands was surrounded with extensive fields and meadows for grazing, where we now have streets and houses.

We cannot go to the Lisburn Road or the Shore Road when there was no road there, so we must give up that plan and take the places as we can make the best out of them.

Belfast has no very ancient history as we know it in Ireland. Derry, Armagh, Newry, Carrickfergus and Bangor are richer in memories of the olden times, and these neighbouring places are filled with tales of thrilling interest.

Some one has truly said “Happy are the people who have no history,” and we know the best times are the years when nothing particular happens. So our fair city has been spared the bloodshed, the cruelties, and the destructions that were so painfully familiar to some more ancient cities.

It is mentioned in the “Four Masters”—a wonderful old book,—that there was a king’s residence about ten miles from Belfast and a great fort called Rathmore about the year 680. A little while before that time, Bel-Feirste was the scene of a battle which took place on the banks of the Lagan. St. Patrick was very near us when he was in County Down, but we are not told if he ever really came to Belfast.

The next mention of the town comes with the famous John De Courci, who arrived with a small army in the year 1177. He built a great many castles and churches, and lived in regal state in Downpatrick. He is said to have built the first castle in Belfast and a church where the old graveyard of Shankill is now. It was called the “White Church,” and the “Chapel of the Ford ” where St. George’s Church now stands was a minor building.

De Courci was made the first Earl of Ulster, and he built twenty strong fortalices round Strangford Lough, and great castles and churches at Ardglass and Greencastle, Dundrum, Antrim, and Grey Abbey all owe something to his masterful guiding hand. King John next came in 1210. He arrived at Jordan’s Castle in Ardglass on the 12th of July. He visited Dundrum, Downpatrick, and Carrickfergus and crossed the Lough to Holywood on the 29th of July, where the road he passed along is still known by his name. The O’Neills were for one thousand years great warriors in Ulster, and the story of that powerful family would fill volumes. One branch of the clan was intimately connected with Belfast, Clannaboy Clan-Aod-Buide—children of yellow Hugh O’Neill.

The principal stronghold was the Grey Castle, at Castlereagh, which was in existence long before the name of Belfast was on any document, and was once called “The Eagle’s Nest” from its situation and the powerful influence of Conn O’Neill. The coronation stone chair of the O’Neills is now in the Museum in College Square. It was found among the ruins of the Old Castle, and was brought to Belfast in the year 1755, but the chair of state had many adventures. It was built into the wall of the Butter Market. No doubt many a farmer’s wife found it a resting place. Afterwards for some unknown reason it was taken to Sligo. Then it was brought back, and has found a home in the Belfast Museum. King Conn O’Neill has left his name at Connswater and Connsbridge. Many a story is told of him, and his end was very sad. He was imprisoned in Carrickfergus, but he managed to escape to Scotland. In order to save his life he was obliged to transfer his property to Sir James Hamilton and Sir Moses Hill, for he was the owner of 244 townlands. In the year 1606, he gave seven townlands to Sir Hugh Montgomery and seven to Sir Fulke Conway. His vast estates were taken from him, and he died in great poverty in a small house at Ballymenoch near Holywood. All the land as far as the eye could see had once belonged to him, and, at the end of life, he could claim only a grave in the old Church that once stood at Ballymachan.

http://www.libraryireland.com/Belfast-History/Early-History-Belfast.php

http://ancientclanoneill.com/

With many thanks to: Ulster Clans of Ireland.

Another man arrested in Carrickfergus over SEA UDA murder of loyalist George Gilmore

More on ongoing UDA – SEA UDA feud – And still no charges of belonging to an illegal organistion!!

 A 23-year-old man has been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of high-profile loyalist George Gilmore.

George GilmoreGeorge Gilmore was shot in the neck in a “ruthless attack in broad daylight” police said

A 32-year-old woman arrested earlier on Sunday has been released.

The PSNI also carried out a search connected to the murder and an ongoing loyalist feud in the Trailcock Road area.

Mr Gilmore, who was 44, was shot in the neck while he was in his car in Cafrrickfergus on Monday afternoon. He died in hospital on Tuesday.

Charged

Two men have appeared in court charged with murdering the high-profile loyalist.

Brian Roy McLean, 35, of The Birches, Carrickfergus, and 28-year-old Samuel David McMaw, of Starbog Road, Kilwaughter, appeared at Laganside Court on Saturday.

They were jointly charged with murdering Mr Gilmore on Monday, the attempted murders of two other people on the same day and possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

In court, both the accused spoke only to confirm their names and that they understood the charge.

There was no application for bail and both were remanded in custody.

Two men appear in court over murder of SEA UDA loyalist George Gilmore

 Latest news: In ongoing loyalist feud but the true question remains:”Why were they not charged with belonging to an illegal organistion”?

 Two men have appeared in court charged with murdering high-profile loyalist George Gilmore.

Mr Gilmore, who was 44, was shot in the neck while he was in his car in Carrickfergus on Monday afternoon.

He died in hospital on Tuesday.

George GilmoreGeorge Gilmore was shot in a “ruthless attack in broad daylight” police said.

Brian Roy McLean, 35, of The Birches Carrick and 28-year-old Samuel David McMaw of Starbog Road, Kilwaughter appeared at Laganside Court on Saturday.

They were jointly charged with murdering Mr Gilmore on Monday, the attempted murders of two other people on the same day and possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

In court, both the accused spoke only to confirm their names and that they understood the charge.

There was no application for bail and both were remanded in custody, to appear again by video-link next month.

As they were taken from the dock, supporters who had packed into the court leapt to their feet, clapping and cheering.

Leading Loyalist George Gilmore South East Antrim UDA – Dies after Carrickfergus Shooting

  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Forensics at the scene of the shooting in Carrickferus last night Picture by Hugh Russell
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    George ‘Geordie’ Gilmore, who was shot in Carrickfergus
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Forensics at the scene of the shooting in Carrickfergus last night. Picture by Hugh Russell
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Heavily armed police raid a house near the scene of yesterday’s shooting. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
     Geordie Gilmore suffered life-threatening injuries after being shot in the neck in Carrickfergus. Picture by Hugh Russell
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Leading loyalist Geordie Gilmore who was shot on Monday
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Gilmore was in a defiant mood just hours before the attack, posting on Facebook “The days of the UDA putting people out of Carrick are over”.
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Heavily armed police raid a house near the scene of yesterday’s shooting in Carrickfergus. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Gilmore, aged in his 40s was shot in the neck by an unmasked gunman. picture by Hugh Russell
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Geordie Gilmore jnr posted on Facebook within an hour of the gun attack on his father
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Forensics at the scene of the shooting in Carrickferus last night Picture by Hugh Russell.
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    Forensics at the scene of the shooting in Carrickferus last night Picture by Hugh Russell
  • Leading loyalist George Gilmore dies after Carrickfergus shooting
    George ‘Geordie’ Gilmore, who was shot in Carrickfergus

Police have launched a murder investigation after a leading loyalist who was shot in Carrickfergus yesterday died.

Head of Serious Crime Branch Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray said while the investigation into George ‘Geordie’ Gilmore’s murder was at an early stage “we have definite lines of enquiry”.

“I would appeal to local people to help us identify the person or persons who orchestrated and carried out this ruthless attack in broad daylight,” he added.

“Those involved had no consideration for the local community when they carried out their attack in a residential street populated with families, young children and older people. Help us remove them from your community and place them before the courts.”

There has been a heavy police presence on the streets of the Co Antrim town amid fears of reprisals after the shooting.

Gilmore was shot in the neck as he sat in his car in Pinewood Avenue in an attack linked to an ongoing feud between loyalist factions.

Just hours earlier the 44-year-old had posted on Facebook: “The days of the UDA putting people out of Carrick are over.”

Eyewitnesses say an unmasked gunman walked up to Gilmore’s car and fired several shots though the window shortly after 2pm.

Police wearing protective masks later carried out raids on properties in the area.

The victim’s son, Geordie Gilmore jnr, posted on Facebook: “We’ll see who looks over there (sic) shoulders for the rest of their days.”

In July last year there was a tense stand-off between rival loyalists at the home of Gilmore snr, with video footage posted online.

It showed a mob of around 100 men, some of them masked, marching towards the house in the Glenfield estate.

Gilmore moved there in 2013 after his luxury property at Sullatober Square in Carrickfergus was sold when he was convicted of mortgage fraud.

Loyalist sources have cited a fall-out between a number of women, including the girlfriend of a senior UDA man, as sparking the trouble last summer.

Since then there have been several shootings and dozens have people received death threats.

Several men have also appeared in court on weapons charges.

Last year Gilmore was arrested and questioned in connection with the disappearance of Carrickfergus man Mark Gourley.

Mr Gourley, who was described as a “vulnerable individual”, was believed to have been murdered over an unpaid debt.

The victim, from the Castlemara estate in Carrickfergus, was reported missing in March 2009 and his remains have never been found.

District Commander Superintendent Darrin Jones said on Tuesday morning that involvement of paramilitary criminals was one possibility.

“In the hours after the shooting local police, supported by members of the PSNI’s Armed Response Units and colleagues from Air Support Unit, carried out a number of searches across Carrickfergus and maintained a robust presence in the area throughout the night. This very visible police operation will continue as we continue to gather evidence and investigate this brutal crime.

“It is just unacceptable that someone would produce a weapon and open fire in any circumstances however it is particularly chilling that this attack, this murder bid, took place in broad daylight, in a residential street populated with families, young children and older people. That is simply shocking in a civilised society.

“I am renewing my appeal to local people to assist us with our enquiries and to help us identify the person or persons who orchestrated and carried out this ruthless attack. We want to apprehend them and place them before the courts to answer for their crimes, and we can only do that with your help and support.

“While a definitive motive for the shooting has not been established and we are exploring a number of possible lines of enquiry, I can say that at this time the involvement of paramilitary criminals is one possibility. Obviously as the investigation is at a very early stage I cannot expand further upon that at present.”

Alliance East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson condemned the attack.

“This is an appalling act, particularly as it was carried out in broad daylight in a residential area,” he said.

“Guns have no place on our streets and despicable actions of this nature have absolutely no place in our society. Those behind this incident do not speak for the community and I appeal for calm following it.

“If anyone has information on this incident, I would ask they pass it to police immediately.”

Detectives investigating the shooting appealed to anyone with information to contact them on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

14 March, 2017 01:00NEWS

 

Man critically injured in ongoing UVF feud in Carrickfergus shooting

The scene of the shooting in Carrickfergus.
The scene of the shooting in Carrickfergus. 

A man has suffered life-threatening injuries in a shooting in Carrickfergus.

The victim, aged in his 40s, was reportedly attacked in the Pinewood area of the Co Antrim town on Monday.

He has been taken to hospital for treatment, where his condition has been described as critical.

Police are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with further information to get in touch with them via the number 101.

Last updated Mon 13 Mar 2017

GIRWOOD SCANDAL….

Mural, Bogside, Derry N.I. - "Civil Right...

GIRWOOD SCANDAL: I salute the media for exposing what is going on, the Stephen Nolan Shows (TV& Radio) & Spotlight tv current affairs slot in particular. Sinn Féin & the DUP are turning the gains of the civil rights movement into reverse, i.e. Housing is yet again being based on CREED not NEED. Shame on them. This is yet another sectarian carve up whereby nationalists desperately in need of housing are yet again being by-passed. In fact, the Housing Executive, now a mere puppet of the DUP minister, McCausland, is issuing leaflets SOLELY to Protestants/Unionists, as far away as Carrickfergus, to occupy houses in HIS CONSTITUTENCY. DEMAND HOUSE ALLOCATION ON NEED NOT CREED!!! We should re-establish NICRA as a matter of urgency, for fairness for all, and ASAP, that’s what I think. What about YOU?

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A BRITISH MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE ! JUSTICE FOR DIANE TAYLOR !

This is the true story of a lady by the name of Diane Taylor believes that a miscarriage of justice was carried out. You will read her true account and full details of her account of what she believes was a miscarriage of British Justice i am not here as a Judge & i am not here as a Jury. I only ask that my readers read on and make judgment for themselves !!!

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