Cregagh

Cregagh

Cregagh is the name of a district in south east Belfast, Northern Ireland. The area is centred on the Woodstock and Cregagh Roads. The Woodstock/Cregagh Road is a continuous arterial route in the city, with the Woodstock making up the lower half of the route and the Cregagh the upper half. It runs from the Albertbridge Road, close to the Short Strand, to the A55 Outer Ring road.

Some of its avenues are named after avenues in England. (e.g. Mayfair, Piccadilly) while a significant number are named after World War One battlefields. This connection with the war reflects the numbers of people who died from the area and that this was the location for a large number of ex-servicemen's homes. The Cregagh Estate is located off the Cregagh Road and was created as a public housing project. Tenants were subsequently offered the opportunity to purchase their homes. Deceased footballer George Best grew up in the Cregagh Estate and as a boy played football on the open playing fields at the centre of the estate. Best's funeral originated from Burren Way where his father still lived up until his death in April 2008. The Streets in the Cregagh Estate were named after rivers and streams of Ireland. Just off the Cregagh Road are two well known sporting venues, Cregagh Cricket Club and Malone Rugby Club, while having separate facilities, they share the same road, namely Gibson Park Avenue. Cregagh Cricket Club recently celebrated its centenary.Ravenhill Stadium the home of Ulster Rugby lies a short distance between the Cregagh Road and the Ravenhill Road.

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