Northern Ireland Snapshots | Local history and famous landmarks in the 1940s, 50s and 60s
CHANNEL | BBC Northern Ireland
FIRST BROADCAST | circa 1959
DURATION | 3 minutes 59 seconds
Sam McAughtry narrates as the camera visits the shops and stalls of this Belfast institution that had something for everyone. From the swinging youngsters browsing the LPs in the record shop to 80-year-old Mrs Dawson 'sitting like a wee queen on her throne' and from the schoolboys trying on false noses in the joke shop to the pawn emporium selling a shrunken head, all manner of goods and services are found here.
From the late 17th Century onwards, as it became the main port in the area, Belfast developed a thriving community of markets. Smithfield variety market was established in 1848 on the site of the old trading place for corn and hide. It was firebombed in 1974 but has since been rebuilt and now sells everything from comics to camping equipment.
Writer and broadcaster Sam McAughtry was the founding Chairman of the Peace Train Organisation and in 1996 he became the first Northerner to be elected to the Senate of Ireland.
A tour around Belfast's 'palace of variety'.
Death and despair await those who interfere with an auspicious tree.
Treasures from around the world on display in Ballycastle.
The lending library that once housed a mummy.
New amenities bring relief to Bessbrook.
The unsavoury tale of a disgruntled social outcast.
A visit to the melancholic Bonamargy Friary and graveyard.
Are there fairies on the hillside?
Grizzly tales of executions at Downpatrick jail.
The story of the wicked Lady Alice and the castle she tried to steal.
What was King Billy's favourite drink?
'Chance encounters with old, forgotten things' at the auction house on Chichester Street.
One hundred years' worth of domestic appliances gathered in one kitchen.
The Antrim home of writer Alexander Irvine is restored.
The well-known Belfast thoroughfare prepares for Christmas.
How an ancient site near Cookstown is connected with the Stone of Scone and Dean Swift.
Wartime hospital sold off brick by brick.
The music festival is in full swing on a sunny day in Clones.
Scenic photographs from around the region.
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