Irwell Street ran between the end of
Thames street and Broadway Road.
remember - NOT EVERYONE SIGNED THE COVENANT
Ulster Covenant - 1912
1. Stead, Hugh and Sarah
2. Hall, Alexander and Maggie *
3. McKeown, Lizzie *
4. Mercer, Letitia
5. Martin, Elizabeth & John
Todd, David and Mrs. Jane
6. Sinclair, Maggie, ‘Sarah Jane’ and Sarah and Annie
7. Graham, Lizzie
8. Ashton, Jane and Mary
Gamble , Anna
9. Hill , Ellen * [d]
10. Hall, Sadie
11. Corken, Mary
12. Magee, Isabella
14. McNab, Maggie, Ellen
16. Doherty, Letitia
20. McDowell, Margaret
22. Clarke, Margaret Adam and William
24. McCaskey, Jeannie and Susan *
Belfast Street Directory - 1910
not online yet
1. Hall, Alexander, beetler
2. Ashton, Jane
3. McKeown, Jas., sheet metal worker
4. Mercer, Charles
5. Carberry, Saml., labourer
6. Sinclair, James, labourer
7. Graham, Mrs.
8. Crowe, G., yarn dresser
9. Hill, Mary
10. Megaw, Wm., moulder
11. Corken, Robert, labourer
12. Magee, Bella
14. McNab, Ellen
16. Wilson, William, tenter
18. Little, Jane
20. McDowell, Jas.
22. Clarke, Esther
24. McCaskey, A., plasterer
* [a] Sarah Stead, nee Cassells, b 1879, was sister of my Grandfather
Sarah signed with Margaret Montgomery of 58 Braemar St., who may
be related, as Francis Cassells’ brother Samuel had a daughter Cassie
[b about 1900] who married Jim Montgomery.
Her husband, Hugh, signed with a James McCartney of 14 Rockdale St
– may be son of Bella [Anna] McCartney, sister of Francis Cassells.
Bella was at the same address but born 1880, which would make her son
rather young in 1912.
* [b] Signed with Margaret Hall of nearby 59 Braemar St.
* [c] Likely to be Elizabeth [Lily] McKeown, nee Cassells, b 1883, also
sister of Francis Cassells. She and husband Jim had a dairy in
* [d] May be related to George Hill m Elizabeth [Lily] Cassells,
b. 1915 – they lived in this area. There are also Samuel, Annie, David
and Henry Hill at 2 Thames Street.
* [e] Signed with Ellen J. Campbell – may be related to my grandmother
Ellen J. Hayes whose mother was Mary Hayes nee Campbell.
Memories of Irwell Street
My grandfather, Francis Cassells, and his family were living in Irwell
Street at the time of the death of his father William Cassells in 1947.
[Prior to this he lived with his parents in 5 Rockmore Street as per the
1910 census, then Thames Street - was there at the time of his wedding
in 1917, then at Norway Row where my father was born in 1925. By the
time of my father’s wedding in 1952, Francis and family were in
Fortfield Cottage, Dunmurry.]
My father recalls cousins, Jim and Lily McKeown on the corner of Irwell
and Thames Street having their dairy around the corner in Thames Street,
with his grandfather living opposite. More cousins, family of
Francis’ brother William Cassells and Elizabeth [nee McIntyre] –
children inc. Bill and Lily - were round the corner in
Broadway Street. Bowden’s shop was on the corner of Irwell and
On the other side of Broadway Road on the corner of Fall’s Road was a
chemist. Opposite that on Falls Road was ‘The Beehive’ [?] and just
along from that a Catholic school.
At the Thames Street end of Irwell Street was a bluestone wall. The kids
used to use gaps in between the blocks as footholds to climb over it,
but there was barbed wire along the top which was a bit of an obstacle.
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