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Cleanliness Not Next to Godliness in the Shankill


Marty Egan • 28 February 2007

On a recent, visit to Belfast, a travelling companion toured the Shankill by foot.

I choose a trip to Ballycultra.

I asked him his opinion, as I just took the bus tour. His reply!

They are a bunch of pigs. They live like pigs. There's dog shit all over their yards, and garbage too.

Reading Litter and Glass brought this to my mind.

My companion, a prison guard and part-time beer distributer, lives in an upscale Irish American community in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He and his neighbors take pride in keeping their property neat and clean. They sweep the sidewalks and streets in front of their homes, as most Irish Americans do in Scranton.

Walking uphill and to the left of the Felons club in Belfast, I noticed how neat and clean the neighborhood appeared. I walked to a restaurant called, I believe, Glen Alden. I was impressed by the area.

How sad that tourists seek out the filth and foulness of the Shankill and return home with a negative impression.

Where is the neighborhood activism and peer pressure to have a clean and neat area?

Anthony writes exceptionally well about conditions. What does he do to improve them? Anthony is one many respected leaders who have the power and ability to organize a cleanup of the nationalist area.

What's the excuse? We spend more time in church than the unionists. Cross that one out and try another.

I hope to, again, visit the beautiful north of Ireland. I hope the Shankill cleans up its act.










































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