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

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7th March 2018

North Belfast was the scene of a brutal murder on Earl Street on 6th March 1944. The victim was a pimp, his attacker a member of the U.S. Army.

Earl Street in 1943

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

Number First Name(s) Last Name Occupation
1 N McDaid Publican
3-5 Earl Street Public Elementary School
3-5 Air Raid Precautions Post
7 Mrs A Rooney
9 David Watson Rivetter
11 Mrs E Calder
13 John Dwyer Seaman
15 David Anderson Labourer
17 Rose Gorman
19 James A Ellis
21-23 Vacant
25 J Blair Grocer
27 Vacant
29 Thomas M Rodgers Plumber
31 Mrs Georgina Bryson
33 TJ Kennedy Carter
35 Hugh Shaw
37 Matthew Montgomery
39 McKinstry
41 James Marcel
43 James Flanagan
45-47 Vacant
49 Ulster Bank House Branch Office
51 Gallaher Limited Customs Bonded Warehouse Stack H
2 Vacant
4 Johnson
6 Frank O'Rawe Labourer
8 Catherine Lavery
10 Mrs B Boyle
12 M Scott
14 Wilson
16 A Rafferty
18 George Farley
20 Vacant
22 Mrs Jane Freeburn
24 Arthur Hurwood Glass Embosser
26 Robert Flannigan
28 Samuel Bates Flagger
30 William Boal Rivetter
32 William John Nesbitt Labourer
34 Vacant
36 Mrs E Sheeran Grocer
38 Mrs Annie Kennedy
40-46 Vacant
48 Michael McLaughlin
50 Walter Robinson Labourer
52 Leonard Calder Caulker
54 Thomas Todd
56 Clark Todd Driller
58 Samuel Cairns Labourer
60 Vacant
62a-72 Vacant
74 Vacant
88 John Knox
90 Brannagh
92 J Lackey Fitter's Helper
94 Mrs M Minn
96 Charles Axon Seaman
98 Thomas Carson
100 Murray
102 George Robinson
104-110 Vacant
112 Mary McKinley
114 Elizabeth Kerney
116 James McComb
118 John Wilson Labourer
120-122 Vacant
124 E Keyes Labourer
126 R Rowley
134 Henry Wilson Labourer
136 John Thompson
138 Elizabeth Shields
140 Annie Wilson
142 Mrs Mitchell
144 Mrs Charlton
146 Mrs Catherine McWade
148 McKeown
150 Ed Wilson
152 J Anderson
154 R McKinley
156 Mrs Ferran
158 Annie Murdock
160 Joseph Murdock
162 John Shepherd
164 Vacant

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.

References

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