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History of Belfast's Sandy Row celebrated in artwork

Former Sandy Row resident, Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins, is among those featured on the artwork
Image caption Former Sandy Row resident, Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins, is among those featured on the artwork

A new artwork celebrating the history of Belfast's Sandy Row has been unveiled in the city.

The snooker star Alex "Hurricane" Higgins and the singer Ruby Murray are among the famous former residents whose images feature in the piece.

The 30ft (9m) long artwork, has been erected on a wall in Stroud Street, on the former site of the Moyola Arms pub.

It was created by the artist Ed Reynolds and was commissioned by Belfast City Council.

The series of paintings also features images of tram workers, reflecting the tramway which once terminated in the area.

Image caption Ed Reynolds is behind the series of paintings which depict the area's history


The council said they had worked on the project alongside Sandy Row Community Forum and Sandy Row Residents' Association.

The project also received funding from the Department of Social Development (DSD) and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

In June, a well-known paramilitary mural in Sandy Row was painted over as part of a wider regeneration project in the small south Belfast community.

The Ulster Freedom Fighters mural - one of the most photographed images of the Troubles - was replaced by portrait of King Billy (William III) following a year of talks with residents and local business owners.

Ed Reynolds also worked with Belfast City Council on the Re-imaging Communities project on the Shankill Road and the Titanic Community Engagement Programme.

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