Saturday, 30 June 2007

Barrow Square, Belfast

Clarendon Dock is a unique 6 hectare site owned by Belfast Harbour Commissioners. Contained within the site is the paved performance area known as Barrow Square.

The Square backs on to two of Belfast’s best known pubs for folk music, The Rotterdam Bar and Pat’s Bar. It provides a wonderful amphitheatre for outside performances.

Well it would do if it wasn't for the bloody yuppies living in the apartments beside Barrow Square who have had some of the festivities curtailed by complaining about noise - well they knew there would be music coming from these particular bars before they bought their apartment, so why did they go ahead with the purchase? Because they knew all they had to do was make one complaint and that would be it for any concerts and they could have a prime piece of real estate that they could later sell at a disgusting profit.
But less of that, I am more interested in the mural on the gable walls commemorating another piece of Belfast's tragic history - the sinking of the Titanic. I won't bore you with all the details (I'm sure you have all seen the film) but it is also a part of Belfast's past that is now being exploited commercially.
Well it doesn't just commemorate the sinking of the Titanic but it does loom large over the rest of the mural. The young girl with the Lego© bricks does just about get squeezed in at the other edge.