A Sense of Sailortown
In the back streets of Belfast- a city of ill renown
Once stood a place everyone knew by the name of Sailortown
Now a big concrete flyover runs along what was once your
The planners called it progress, other voices spoke of
lies and deceit.
But of its memory we strive to preserve,
Surely that, is the least that we deserve.
The people and those old streets are now a place apart
But then, the real Sailortown lies within the heart.
Ivy Armstrong - February '08
What about the book Echoes of the Past that was launched in
2007 - I have been unable to find it. Where can I buy a copy?
George Kirkpatrick - Jan '07
I ran about that area with chums 50 years ago, iIcalled it
Sailorstown, my chums who lived there called it sailorstown,
I never ever recall, anyone calling it anything other than
Sam Johnston - Sep '06
Enjoyed the poem. Perhaps someone could tell me why some people
say Sailortown, whilst others say Sailorstown and some even
split it into two words, Sailor (s) Town. I have heard many
people use Sailorstown, including historian John Grey during
a lecture on the place. I have also heard local writer John
Campbell explain to Gerry Anderson (Radio Ulster that he says
Sailorstown as Sailor is singular and Sailors is plural, meaning
there was more than one sailor in Sailorstown. They were discussing
Campbell's poem called Sailorstown. Anderson seemed to accept
this logic. I've also heard it said that Prods say Sailorstown
whilst Catholics say Sailortown. This is inaccurate as I've
heard many Catholics say Sailorstown and vice-versa. Can anyone
settle the argument?