Falls Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim

The Falls Road in West Belfast runs from Divis Street to Andersonstown. It was originally a country lane, which expanded greatly in the late 19th century.

Falls Road

Belfast

Co. Antrim

United Kingdom

The Falls Road in West Belfast runs from Divis Street in the city centre to the suburbs of Andersonstown. The name comes from the Irish Túath na bhFál meaning the territory of the enclosures.

It is usually referred to as “The” Falls Road but was once known as The Pound. This predominantly Nationalist area runs along peace lines separating it from the Loyalist Shankill Road. The original road was once a country lane but it grew in the late 19th century as the city’s population expanded. Many of the small terraced streets took their names from characters and battles in the Crimean War.

Before the 1970s, the Falls Road in Belfast was less of an Irish Nationalist area than some other parts of Northern Ireland. It always maintained a strong working class, socialist tradition. The area saw some of the worst of what became known as “The Troubles”.

During World War Two, the road included many educational establishments and churches. The Protestant churches have now fallen away and building repurposed. Today, those interested in wartime history can visit the city’s main cemeteries at Belfast City Cemetery and Milltown Cemetery.

Falls Road in 1943

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

First Name(s)Last NameOccupation
1New Northern Spinning and Weaving Co. Ltd.Flax Spinners and Linen Manufacturers
3Vacant Ground
5JMcGarveyCycle Depot
7BTurnerFruiterer
9SarahO'SullivanRestaurant
11-13New Northern Spinning and Weaving Co. Ltd.Flax Spinners and Linen Manufacturers
15-17Belfast Corporation Public Baths
19J & TM Greeves Ltd.
21Vacant
23GCunninghamTobacconist
25JohnShannonTailor
27JosephHughes
29Vacant
31EdwardKellyChemist
33McQuade
35Diamond Picture House
39JJO'KanePublican
41MSullivanPainter
41TVSullivanSolicitor
43BrotherGildas
45-47Vacant Ground
49Carnegie Library No. 2 Branch
51-53JGRyanSurgeon
51-53JFHarringtonSurgeon
55AMaginnis
57PatrickBurnsSalesman
59PeterMcParlandSalesman
61St. Finian's Public Elementary School
63Convent of the Sisters of Bon Secours
65Glen Laundry
67DMcCannFlesher
69RMorathOptician
71CJCunninghamHealth Insurance Society Secretary
73EGillilandProvision Merchant
75JamesMcKennaPublican
77JTottenHairdresser
79Miss MMoorePoultry and Cooked Meats
81EMurrayFruiterer
83GeorgeLogan
85DSinclairPublican
87JMcLaughlinConfectioner
89AliceCairns
91JKennedyProprietor of The Sports Bar
93-95Munster and Leinster BankBranch Office
93JCavanaghSurgeon
93JAKaneSurgeon
97CatherineMackinPublican
99EMcCabeNewsagent
101Falls Road Post Office
103Dunville Medical Hall Ltd.
105HughRiceFruiterer
107Regina Coelia Women's Hostel
109EBlaneyConfectioner
111PatrickMcKennaDealer
113FelixBeagonPublican
115PhilipFusco
117JMcConnellTeacher
119JosephBoylanStore Man
121FLWynneDoctor
123SMcPeakeDrug Store
125St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church
127DanielMcSparranDoctor
129OBMaginnessAccountant
131Miss JMcEnteeTeacher
133St. Catherine's Public Elementary School
125-137Dominican Convent and St. Dominic's High School
139Occupied
141WGDeenyDoctor
143JMcKenna
145MBrady
147Mrs Mary JSimpson
149Mary AnnTraynor
151JohnBarrTeacher
153HenryWallsMusic Teacher
155MagaretMulholland
157JohnO'KaneTeacher
159PatrickCollinsSalesman
161AMcGowan
163Mrs SarahKennedy
165BDavey
167Mrs AMcNamee
169Store
171Miss RoseHilland
173MJFaheyCarrier
175Mrs AnnieRea
177JosephCrozierChecker
179JohnMcCroryGuard
181MrsMcAvoy
183JamesMcAllisterTeacher
185JPMcPeakeElectrician
187JosephSharkey
189DCharltonCommercial Traveller
191St. Mary's Training College
193HP McKeown and SonsSpirit Merchants
196EdwardMagillHairdresser
197ArthurFaganNewsagent
199CharlesO'KaneGrocer and Broadway Post Office
199aMrsO'Reilly
201-203MMeleadyFruiterer
205MaryBreenConfectioner
207MConnollyGrocer
209OliverMcCartneyButcher
211LPMaguireOutfitter
213BridgetHaranDraper
215J&JWilsonButchers
217Kennedy and Co.Grocers
219JohnTonerButcher
221JCorscaddenBootmaker
223-225CeceliaMcKegneyDraper
227AlbertFuscoConfectioner
229Vacant
231SamuelDoudsDentist
233JMcCormickSurgeon
235HWShanahanBus Inspector
237EO'KellySpirit Merchant
239Miss RoseMiskelly
241Mrs Mary EMurphy
243Ellen SCMeleadyFruiterer
245MargaretFitzsimonsTeacher
247AHalpen
249DDalyAutomobile Engineer
251-255Vacant Ground
257-259AHFerranNewsagent
261JMulhollandConfectioner
263Crilly and Quinn Ltd.Chemists
265JohnGormanBread Server
267Miss LizzieMcMahon
269Miss CatherineBrown
271Miss MMulgrew
273Mrs CWilson
275Air Raid Precautions Post
337aJohnCampbellCaretaker
339-445Beechmount
339-445Our Lady's Hospital
339-445Beech Cottage
445PCorriganContractor
447JohnMcGivernFruiterer
449Mrs MaryRogan
451Mrs Mary GGiles
453JMcGivernBootmaker
455MrsOrange
457Miss CDobbin
459Mrs Ann JaneReid
461FrancisO'NeillLinen Finisher
463GeorgeMcCreeshAgent
465Occupied
467St. James' Park Post Office
469JJWrightClerk
471MrsConnolly
473MichaelTonerPublican
475PFaloonSorter
477Arthur JosephO'NeillConfectioner
479Charles AQuinnChemist
481JamesClearyGrocer
483Mrs ElizabethByrneOutfitter
485Miss MPreeceBakery
487RGBarrDental Surgeon
489HGreenwoodConfectioner
491FrancisO'NeillPublican
493Miss MFlanigan
495Occupied
497CatherineMolloyNurse
499IsaacMurray
501Mrs MonaSheehan
503PJMcKennaButcher
505MrsFahy
507MMcCannFruiterer
509G&DMcCannSculptors
511The Belfast Cemetery
513Falls Park
515RStephensonGate Lodge
517Belfast Corporation Falls Road Tramway Depot
519Royal Ulster Constabulary Barracks
521JosephGossCivil Servant
523MrsHeaney
525Andersonstown Post Office
527GGlennonSecretary
529EdwardMcCotterJoiner
531Vacant Ground
533Miss RCowan
535OMuldoonHairdresser
537Vacant Ground
537Old School HouseAir Raid Precautions Post and First Aid Point
539AMcNameeCorporation Official
541Mrs MargaretLennard"Mar-Leo"
543Mrs MElliott"Marie Villa"
545CQuinnChemist
547MissKerr"Cataroga"
549MissDonnelly"Sunnyridge"
551JosephHegartyPublican
553PatrickShearerButcher
555ElizabethMcAnerney"Kernon"
557GHannaAir Raid Precautions Warden
559EdwardMaguireCivil Servant
561JamesTohillWine Merchant
563CharlesHiggins
565Mrs JO'Brien"St. Anne's"
567JASweeney
569CharlesMcGovernCattle Dealer
571Vacant
587ThomasHanratty
589ANorrallLabourer
591JRobinsonLabourer
593JosephTottan
2PatrickByrnePublican
4-6ATougherPawnbroker
8PatrickDeanButcher
10PDohertyPaper Ruler
12JamesMcKeownConfectioner
14JohnTrainorFancy Goods
16-18LMcElhillPublican
20Mrs ElizabethBurke
22CatherineMartinConfectioner
24JosephMCourtHairdresser
26-28LMaguire
30Vacant
32BFaloone
34JMSmythPawnbroker
36JMcKenzieBoot Shop
38JamesDoyleBaker
40AlexanderMcCormickConfectioner
42JosephMcAleaProvision Merchant
44CormackBrady
46Coyle BrothersWine and Spirit Merchants
48JHodgsonDraper
50EKavanaghFlesher
52ThomasHarveyFruiterer
54FrankO'HanlonBoot Repairer
56-58EdmondHudgson
60Vacant
62Mary SPenderStore
64RCJeffersChemist
66SWebbButcher
68ETTroddenHairdresser
70Miss SusanCochrane
72BernardMageeFruiterer
74CatherineO'HaraDraper
76Vacant
78JamesMcKennaGrocer
80PFerrieConfectioner
82Vacant
84JuliusHodes
86IBarnesStationery
88LHaugheyPublican
90PJMcGrath
92Patrick JMcGrathDraper
94Belfast Co-Operative Society Ltd.Grocery
98-100National Bank Ltd.Branch Office
102ThomasMcShaneGrocer
104JamesBirminghamElectrician
106JosephMcIlroyConfectioner
108GCunninghamFruiterer
110-112A&PLaveryPawnbrokers
114-116MHamillPublican
118OwenFearonFruiterer
120JohnMcGivernBootmaker
122CatherineMcGeeConfectioner
124FrancisKaneHairdresser
126FDalzellDraper
128DanielMcAuleyDraper
130JDarraghWall Papers
132Miss RMcQuillan
132RobertMcCann
132ThomasKaneLabourer
132GMcWilliams
132BernardMcCabeLabourer
134MRiceFishmonger
136HenryHoey
138West Belfast Social Club
138aClonard Mineral Water Co.
140Clonard Picture House
142Mrs SGalwayOutfitter
144JohnO'HareButcher
146Mrs CatherineHill
150MKilfeatherGrocer
152WilliamShannonButcher
154DanielMcGeown
156PRaffertyChina Merchant
158SarahReidSupper Saloon
160Mrs MaryWard
162MrsBarry
164Miss MargaretMcAlinden
164aJosephFarryPublican
166JamesLavertyConfectioner
168MichaelMalecco
170CliffMurphyGrocer
172Dunville Park
176Falls Road Weighbridge
180Belfast Hospital For Sick Children
186MPBradleySurgeon
188JosephDaleyLabourer
190AlfredLeighioCafe
192EdwardShields
194Air Raid Precautions Post
196-198PFHynesPublican
200FJBoyleChemist
202FO'DonnellConfectioner
204CharlesMaloneBootmaker
206ThomasBlack
208HenryLaveryButcher
216Broadway Presbyterian Church
218Belfast Co-Operative Society Ltd.Grocery
220Belfast Co-Operative Society Ltd.Butchery
228JMcEnenyTailor
230MaryHouston
232PJLalorBread Server
234Miss AO'Kane
236RAustinClerk
238EMKellyBakery
240PatrickMcKennaProvision Merchant
242ElizabethConway
244HenryNeesonBaker
246TJMaginnisBaker
248EdwardLoughranPostman
250JamesTonerButcher
252JohnMcDonnellBuilder
260MaryDempsey
262Mrs JBrady
264BridgettMcManus
266JKellySolicitor
268PMcGouranInspector
268GJMcGouranDoctor
270EdwardSreenanCashier
272DBrady
272Willowbank Play Centre
274JosephCoyleConfectioner
276Stewarts' Cash Stores
278Glove Laundry and Dye Works Ltd.
278Broadway Picture House
280Mrs CMacKenzieConfectioner
282-370Vacant Ground
370De La Salle Brothers
372A Connolly and Co.Garage
374EdwardKelly
376JMackle
378C&FFergusonGrocers
380PatrickTorneyFruiterer
382JamesBatesonJoiner
384EdwardMcFall
386HenryCrealeyDoctor
388ThomasMawhinney
390WDonnellyInspector
392MrsYarr
394PatrickMcGinleyGrocer
396-398JosephRaffoCafe
400JJMcKenna
402DMcKeownSpirit Merchant
404Miss EGilliland
406Mrs ESadlier
408Mrs LenaMcNamee
410FrancisHannaSolicitor
412MichaelHanna
414Francis LHopkins
416Mrs MMontague
418HughSheehan
420MrsDoyle
422MrsMurray
424MJFinneganFlesher
426James PatrickO'SullivanCivil Servant
428Mrs EClarke
430JohnMcManusMotor Man
432BenigiousClarkTeacher
434Miss MaryOwens
436JShieldsFitter
438PatrickFinniganTraveller
440JamesJordan
442Miss MO'Reilly
444St. John's Roman Catholic Church
446St. Kevin's Public Elementary School
464St. John's Roman Catholic Presbytery
502Frank JMcAleenanSculptor
504Mrs HannahDunlop
506Michael JQuinnSchool Attendance Officer
508JamesBradyHairdresser
510HenryGulleryEngineer
512PatrickBurns
514MaryMcNeil
516JosephBarryClerk
518CharlesJenkinsMotor Man
520PMcGowanClerk
522Miss MaryPatterson
524PatrickMcShane
524St. Patrick's Industrial School
526Milltown Roman Catholic Cemetery
528EdmundCollinsCattle Dealer
528RBellFireman
528PatrickCregan
528aBroadway Lawn Tennis Club
530Workshop
532WilliamFerrisLinen Lapper
574RobertDiamondDairy
576McGovern's Farm
578JGRyanDoctor
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