Sandy Row social history mural unveiled

Published Tuesday, 14 August 2012
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Snooker star Alex Higgins, singer Ruby Murray and footballer Albert Watson are some of the famous Sandy Row faces included in a new social history mural.

Sandy Row social history mural unveiled
Children play beside the newly unveiled mural at Sandy Row. (© Pacemaker)

The 30 foot long piece of art, which runs along a wall on Stroud Street, was unveiled on Tuesday morning.

The mural also displays images of tramway workers and the Moyola Arms pub, which once stood on the site where the new artwork is located.

It is a companion to another mural, on the theme of the Titanic, which was unveiled on the Donegall Road earlier this year.

Artist Ed Reynolds told UTV that the wall of colour is there for people to walk by and talk about.

He said that the project represents "the heritage, the history and the success" of the people and places in the area.

Mr Reynolds said that when he began working on the mural, people would come up to him asking him to include paintings of their photos on the wall.

He explained that he would have needed "a wall the size of the Great Wall of China" to fit them all.

Valerie Allen, a local business woman, told UTV that beforehand tourists entering and leaving the nearby hostel were faced with a dirty wall covered in graffiti.

"We came up with the idea of the history of Sandy Row, past and present."

Ms Allen said the artwork has proved "a huge success" with tourists flocking to the wall ever since the painting process began.

© UTV News
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jimmy mac in Canada wrote (900 days ago):
Those iconic pictures, take the bare look of the old wall. And put a happy smile on the faces of passers -by. It a sweet gesture ...Belfast should be proud of all our great people, who have made names for themselves.
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