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Sailortown is the area in North Belfast between the docks and York Street. Garmoyle Street served as Sailortown's main arterial road, and at one time over 5,000 people lived in the small cobblestoned streets of red-brick terraced houses packed between the docks and York Street. Visiting sailors from many European nations (in particular those bordering the Baltic Sea) and from even as far away as India and China added to the resident population, which was mixed Protestant and Catholic. People from all over Ireland settled in Sailortown, including many who were left destitute during the Irish potato famine. The late 19th century saw the arrival of many Italian immigrants; this community, known as 'Little Italy', was largely based around Little Patrick Street at the southern end of Sailortown.
In 2014, Multimedia Heritage published a DVD of the recounted experiences of women from Sailortown.
You can read about Sailortown, Belfast, in our booklet, Voices from the North: Sailortown. [If the booklet doesn't display in your browser, right-click on the link (control-alt click on a Mac) and download the PDF file to your computer to read it in Adobe Reader.]