Seaforde Street, Belfast

Seaforde Street in East Belfast used to be a much longer thoroughfare. In the Second World War it ran from Newtownards Road on through to Beechfield Street.

Seaforde Street

Belfast

BT5 4EX

Northern Ireland

Gas Poisoning in 1941

After The Easter Raid of the Belfast Blitz on 15th-16th April 1941, faults in electrical mains and gas pipes resulted in a leak of bitumen coal gas at 5 Seaforde Street.

Patrick Duffy

Private | T/178296

Patrick Duffy served in the Royal Army Service Corps. He died at his home on 18th April 1941 following the Belfast Blitz as a result of gas poisoning.

Seaforde Street in 1943

The following information is taken from the 1943 Belfast Street Directory.

Number Forename Surname Occupation
1 Side Door
3 Thomas McKinstry Labourer
5 Mrs Duffy
7 E Mulholland Labourer
9 Robert Nolan Grocer
13-15 J Donaghy Grocer
17-19 Demolished
21 Philip McCullough Labourer
23 Mrs Mary C McQuaid
25 William Kelly Labourer
27 Mrs Rosan Shevlin
29 William Burns Boilermaker
31 Mrs M McIntee
33 Edward Kearney Carter
35 Mary Ryan
37 Samuel O'Neill Barman
39 Hamilton Edgar Labourer
41 Vacant
43 Michael Walsh Labourer
45 M Grant Fireman
47 John Bennett Labourer
49 William McKenna Labourer
51 Mrs Annie Callaghan
53 Mrs Falloon
55 Patrick Gorman
57 F McFadden
59 John Kinsella Labourer
61 Henry Hillan
63 Mrs E McCumisky
65 William McAllister Slater
67 Frank Carlisle Labourer
69 James Martin Labourer
71 George McMullan Labourer
73 Mrs Fitzsimons
75 Miss A McCourt
77 George Bell Driver
79 R McDermott Driver
4 J McCann
6 Vacant
8 Patrick Cullen Grocer
10 James Hargey Seaman
12 James Hamilton Labourer
14 James Trainor Sailor
16 Mrs McDade
18 PL Munster Labourer
20 Matthew McGeown
22 Miss Agnes Smyth
24 James Cassidy Baker
26 William J Napier Labourer
28 Agnes McGovern
30 Mrs McIntee
32 Mrs Maggie Froggatt
34 James McGovern Labourer
36 William Carroll Coach Painter
38 Richard Ryan
40 WJ Russell Joiner
42 William Logue Labourer
44 Ed McAdam Labourer
46 Miss Jennie Mulhern
48 James Farrelly Labourer
50 W McConvey Confectioner
52 St Matthew's School
54 N McConvey Grocer
56-58 Vacant
60 James Smith Labourer
62 Charles Close Labourer
66 Mrs Higgins
68 Mrs Mary McMullan
70 Gateway
72 John H Halfpenny Spirit Store
74 William Kelly Sawyer
76 Patrick Lowry Labourer
78 Arran Wright
80 Miss Nellie Bole
80a Mrs McCartney Dealer

Places of Interest

The following places will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore more of the area's Second World War heritage.

Map showing St. Matthew’s Boys’ School, Seaforde Street, Belfast

St. Matthew’s Boys’ School, Seaforde Street, Belfast

52 Seaforde Street, Belfast

St. Matthew's Boys' School was an evacuation point in July 1940 from where unregistered children would leave the endangered city of Belfast.

Map showing St. Matthew’s Girls’ School, Seaforde Street, Belfast

St. Matthew’s Girls’ School, Seaforde Street, Belfast

52 Seaforde Street, Belfast

St. Matthew's Girls' School was an evacuation point in July 1940 from where unregistered children would leave the endangered city of Belfast.

References

Lennon Wylie

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