Garmoyle Street, Belfast

In January 1942, crowds gathered around the junction of Garmoyle Street and Whitla Street, Belfast to witness the arrival of the U.S. Army.

Garmoyle Street

Belfast

Northern Ireland

Garmoyle Street, Belfast lies in the heart of the old Sailortown District, running from Corporation Street to Whitla Street. Over recent decades, redevelopment of the area has left it almost unrecognisable with many of the houses and businesses demolished.

It was on these streets, that locals gathered in January 1942 to witness the arrival of 34th Infantry Division, United States Army. These men were part of the first American Infantry division to set foot in Europe in the Second World War.

Garmoyle Street in 1939

The following information is taken from the 1939 Belfast Street Directory.

Number First Name(s) Last Name Occupation
5. Mrs. M. Moane Grocer
7. P. O'Connor Confectioner
7b. Edward McCloskey Seaman
7c. Mrs. Annie Murphy
9. Richard Byrne Publican
11. John Miller Grocer
13. J. Rooney Commercial Agent
15. Edward Donnelly Labourer
17. Miss Mary Kirvan
19. Alexander Quinn Labourer
21. F.W. Relf Motor Driver
23. William Gorman Labourer
25. Mrs. Herrity
27. James O'Connor Labourer
29. J.F. O'Rourke Publican
31-35. James P. Corry and Co. Ltd. Timber Merchants
37. W. Watterworth
2. Neal McDaid Publican
4-6 Mary Leonard Confectioner
8. Mrs. Annie McCullough
10. Feenan and Hughes Builders and Contractors
12. B. O'Rawe Restaurant
14-16. W. Rooney Newsagent
18. Vacant
20. Steeplechase Bar
22. George Leonard Hairdresser
24-26. Garmoyle Social Club
28. Heysham and Glasgow Hotel
30. Stores
32. J. Mulvenna Confectioner
34. Vacant
36-38. Peter Keegan and Co. Ltd. Customs Bonded Warehouse
40. S. Smith Ltd. Publicans
42. Vacant
44. Mrs. Mary Jane Murphy
46. Thomas Honey Carpenter
48-50. Vacant
54-56. James P. Corry and Co. Ltd. Timber Store
58. Vacant
United States Army march into Belfast

LIFE Magazine Photograph: Members of 34th Infantry Division, United States Army, American Expeditionary Force march towards Belfast along Dufferin Road having disembarked at Dufferin Dock. The band of the Royal Ulster Rifles leads the procession. Photographers stand in position including on top of a pillbox at the junction of Garmoyle Street and Whitla Street. Photo taken by David E Scherman on 26th January 1942.

Garmoyle Street in 1943

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

Number First Name(s) Last Name Occupation
5-7. Thomas Lowry Shoemaker
9. Richard Byrne Publican
11-13. Vacant
15. Edward Donnelly Labourer
17. Mrs. Irvine
19. Alexander Quinn Labourer
21. F.W. Relf Motor Driver
23. Mrs. Gorman
25. Mrs. Herrity
27. Mrs. O'Connor
29. J.F. O'Rourke Publican
31-39. James P. Corry and Co. Ltd. Timber Merchants
2. Neal McDaid Publican
4-6. Mary Leonard Confectioner
8. Mrs. Annie McCullough
10. Feenan and Hughes Builders and Contractors
12. B. O'Rawe Restaurant
14-16. W. Rooney Newsagent
18. Vacant
20. Hugh Callaghan Publican
22. George Leonard Hairdresser
24-26. Lewis Campbell Labourer
28. Heysham and Glasgow Hotel
30. Stores
32. J. Mulvenna Confectioner
34. T. McConaghy Publican
36-38. Vacant
40. Maguire Brothers Publicans
42. M. Concannon Labourer
44. Mrs. Mary Jane Murphy
46. Thomas Honey Carpenter
48. Irish Arc Welding Co. Ltd.
50. Hugh Gault Labourer
52. Thomas Maguire Publican
54-56. James P. Corry and Co. Ltd. Timber Store
58. 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 O’Rourke’s Public House, Garmoyle Street, Belfast

O’Rourke’s Public House, Garmoyle Street, Belfast

29 Garmoyle Street, Belfast

During the Second World War, O'Rourke's Bar was a thriving pub in Belfast's Sailortown District. Today it's still serving as McKenna's Bar.

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