Earl Street, Belfast

You will not find Earl Street on a modern map of Belfast. During the Second World War, the street was the site of a fatal stabbing by an American GI.

Earl Street

Belfast

Northern Ireland

The murder of Harry Coogan on Earl Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim

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7th March 2018

North Belfast was the scene of a brutal murder on Earl Street in March 1944. The victim was a known pimp in the area, his attacker a member of the US Army.

Earl Street in 1943

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

NumberFirst Name(s)Last NameOccupation
1NMcDaidPublican
3-5Earl Street Public Elementary School
3-5Air Raid Precautions Post
7Mrs ARooney
9DavidWatsonRivetter
11Mrs ECalder
13JohnDwyerSeaman
15DavidAndersonLabourer
17RoseGorman
19James AEllis
21-23Vacant
25JBlairGrocer
27Vacant
29Thomas MRodgersPlumber
31Mrs GeorginaBryson
33TJKennedyCarter
35HughShaw
37MatthewMontgomery
39McKinstry
41JamesMarcel
43JamesFlanagan
45-47Vacant
49Ulster Bank HouseBranch Office
51Gallaher LimitedCustoms Bonded Warehouse Stack H
2Vacant
4Johnson
6FrankO'RaweLabourer
8CatherineLavery
10Mrs BBoyle
12MScott
14Wilson
16ARafferty
18GeorgeFarley
20Vacant
22Mrs JaneFreeburn
24ArthurHurwoodGlass Embosser
26RobertFlannigan
28SamuelBatesFlagger
30WilliamBoalRivetter
32William JohnNesbittLabourer
34Vacant
36Mrs ESheeranGrocer
38Mrs AnnieKennedy
40-46Vacant
48MichaelMcLaughlin
50WalterRobinsonLabourer
52LeonardCalderCaulker
54ThomasTodd
56ClarkToddDriller
58SamuelCairnsLabourer
60Vacant
62a-72Vacant
74Vacant
88JohnKnox
90Brannagh
92JLackeyFitter's Helper
94Mrs MMinn
96CharlesAxonSeaman
98ThomasCarson
100Murray
102GeorgeRobinson
104-110Vacant
112MaryMcKinley
114ElizabethKerney
116JamesMcComb
118JohnWilsonLabourer
120-122Vacant
124EKeyesLabourer
126RRowley
134HenryWilsonLabourer
136JohnThompson
138ElizabethShields
140AnnieWilson
142MrsMitchell
144MrsCharlton
146Mrs CatherineMcWade
148McKeown
150EdWilson
152JAnderson
154RMcKinley
156MrsFerran
158AnnieMurdock
160JosephMurdock
162JohnShepherd
164Vacant

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 Earl Street Boys’ School, Earl Street, Belfast

Earl Street Boys’ School, Earl Street, Belfast

3-5 Earl Street, Belfast

You will not find Earl Street Boys' School on a modern map of Belfast. The old Sailortown faced the property developers' wrecking ball in post-war years.

Map showing Earl Street Girls’ School, Earl Street, Belfast

Earl Street Girls’ School, Earl Street, Belfast

3-5 Earl Street, Belfast

Earl Street Girls' School was on the now demolished Earl Street in the heart of north Belfast's Sailortown, a community of working class dockside residents.

Map showing Earl Street Infants’ School, Earl Street, Belfast

Earl Street Infants’ School, Earl Street, Belfast

3-5 Earl Street, Belfast

Earl Street Infants' School stood on Earl Street in Belfast's historic Sailortown, a part of the city inhabited by some of the toughest and poorest people.

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