Ask anyone from Belfast to describe Sandy Row and they may well refer to a staunchly loyalist community located just off the Donegall Road in South Belfast. Indeed, worldwide Sandy Row is probably best known as a fiercely loyalist community with an image portrayed by the international media in the past, of burning cars and paramilitary murals.
Older people, throughout Northern Ireland, might refer to it as having been a great shopping area and a place where people travelled to find a bargain or as an area dominated by factories and mills where people from many districts and traditions in Belfast and other parts of Northern Ireland came to find work.
The facts are that Sandy Row is one of the oldest residential districts in Belfast, and while it thrived through the early 20th Century, it is now facing difficulties integrating with the rapidly developing Belfast City Centre. Sandy Row is perhaps best described as a place with a history and a future that contributes to its status as a unique and iconic district in Belfast.