Religion, Riots & Rebels the Incredible History of Brown's Square

Brown’s Square lies just over half a mile from Belfast City Hall.  It’s history stretches back to the Ice Age and was formally named after Captain John Brown who was given the square by Lord Donegall for Brown’s services as Sovereign of Belfast on three occasions.  Brown’s Square is historically unique in that it was the home of the United Irishmen during the 1798 rebellion yet it became a bastion of Protestant Loyalism second only to Sandy Row.  It was the place where the religious segregation of schools and inner-city housing began and was at the epicentre of the 1920/21 ‘Troubles.’ It was where the first ‘peaceline’s’ were created and still stand today and serving the same purpose. During the last ‘Troubles’ it was the haunt of the Shankill Butchers and also targeted by the PIRA yet the area survived and indeed thrived even after the disastrous plans of the Ulster Unionist Party’s urban motorway that drove a wedge through the heart of the area.  Brown’s Square has little of its old buildings left but its history survives and is told for the first time in this book ‘Religion, Riots & Rebels the Incredible History of Brown’s Square.  Fully referenced throughout with 120 illustrations and maps the book has a forward by Dr Jennifer Ramos the Associate Professor Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Loyola Marymount University LA.

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Belfast Lad Books

Belfast Lad’s latest book ‘Religion, Riots & Rebels has been published by Belfastlad Publications and is the first in a number of books that will tell the history of Belfast and beyond through referenced historical works and also short stories and essays. The second book ‘Tall Tales and Short Stories the men of Belfast’s Shipyard’ will be published in the summer of 2021 follow by a short story book for Christmas 2021.  You can also read some of the stories in the Belfast History and Belfast a Scattered History magazines.

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by Geraldine on Belfastlad

Brown's Square Tour. Francis was a very entertaining and knowledgeable guide. Thoroughly enjoyed it all and even though I'm from Belfast I learnt so much more.

Many thanks for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed it!