It is overshadowed by the Black Mountain and Divis Mountain and contains a mixture of public and private housing. It is largely populated by the Irish nationalist and Catholic community. Andersontown is also an electoral ward of West Belfast.
The area rapidly expanded during the 1960s and 1970s as the local housing authority built hundreds of houses for people who were rehoused during the redevelopment of the Lower Falls Road.
During the 1970s and 1980s the area was a major centre of civil disturbances during the civil conflict known as The Troubles.
Today Andersonstown has a population of about 10,000. It remains a predominantly working class area. There has been considerable effort to attract employment to the area and to improve the physical infrastructure. It has four Catholic churches: St. Agnes, St. Teresa's, St. Michael's and St. Matthias.
The district is sometimes colloquially referred to as "Andytown".
MINISTER FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT ATTWOOD, MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND LEARNINGEMPEY OFFICIALLY OPENS JOBS & BENEFITS OFFICE IN ANDERSONSTOWN
Jul 29, 2010; Northern Ireland, July 29 -- The Department for Social Development issued the following press release: Minister for Social...
`Jesus, what are my family going to think when they see this?' ; In an extended interview with the Andersonstown News, Freddie Scappaticci repeatedly and emphatically denied the allegations linking him to 'Stakeknife', informing on the IRA to British intelligence and involvement in many murders
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