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moondog2

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Re: Little Italy
« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2012, 09:46:25 PM »
PIERUCCI"S WERE MY COUSINS,THE MOTHER AND MY FATHER WERE BRO AND SIS

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Re: Little Italy
« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2012, 11:23:08 PM »
there also was mary  sally carlo notora  my god have great memories of little italy

mabell

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Re: Little Italy
« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2012, 12:18:35 PM »
hi bet kel bet u remember jimmy moores rip shop also frank mc alorums is ur family mc keatings what a lovely family i made my first coummion in st kevins the day freddie RIP and peggy were married a lady and a gentleman

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Re: Little Italy
« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2012, 06:52:10 PM »
THANKS FOR THE NAMES. I KNEW LOUIS AND CHARLIE SENIOR SAMMY WAS 10/10 HE WAS A LAYER LIKE HIS FATHER LOUIS HIS BROTHER CHARLIE WAS A POLISHER 10/10 AS WAS JOE BENSON 8/10 THE OTHER BROTHERS OF SAMMY I CANNOT COMMENT ON AS THEY WERE ONLY APPRENTICES. BILLY LOUIS'S YOUNGER BROTHER WORKED AS A LABOURER
LOUIS WORK CAN BE SEEN AS INDEED SAMMYS ALL OVER NORTHERN IRELAND
WAKEHURST CLINIC CITY HOSPITAL ROYAL MATERNITY (1957) DUNDONALD HOUSE (1960) ST MONICAS SCHOOL RAVENHILL ROAD BARNAGEHA SOMERTON ROAD ALTNAGELVIN HOSPITAL DERRY IF I HAD TIME TO REFLECT I COULD FILL PAGES HOPE THIS HELPS

Desmond McAuley

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Re: Little Italy
« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2012, 06:58:57 PM »
PIERUCCI"S WERE MY COUSINS,THE MOTHER AND MY FATHER WERE BRO AND SIS

JOE PIERUCCI WAS IN MY OPINION ALONG WITH GERRY VALENTE THE BEST TERRAZZO POLISHERS EVER AND THAT'S SAYING SOMETHING. JOE HAD A MOST WONDERFUL SENSE OF HUMOR I  CAN REMEMBER HIM IN 1961 ENTERTAING BOTH MYSELF AND FREDDIE MADDELENA AS WE TRAVELLED BACK FROM A JOB IN MORELLIS PORTRUSH

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Re: Little Italy
« Reply #20 on: May 14, 2012, 07:00:59 PM »
THANKS FOR THE NAMES. I KNEW LOUIS AND CHARLIE SENIOR SAMMY WAS 10/10 HE WAS A LAYER LIKE HIS FATHER LOUIS HIS BROTHER CHARLIE WAS A POLISHER 10/10 AS WAS JOE BENSON 8/10 THE OTHER BROTHERS OF SAMMY I CANNOT COMMENT ON AS THEY WERE ONLY APPRENTICES. BILLY LOUIS'S YOUNGER BROTHER WORKED AS A LABOURER
LOUIS WORK CAN BE SEEN AS INDEED SAMMYS ALL OVER NORTHERN IRELAND
WAKEHURST CLINIC CITY HOSPITAL ROYAL MATERNITY (1957) DUNDONALD HOUSE (1960) ST MONICAS SCHOOL RAVENHILL ROAD BARNAGEHA SOMERTON ROAD ALTNAGELVIN HOSPITAL DERRY IF I HAD TIME TO REFLECT I COULD FILL PAGES HOPE THIS HELPS
my neighbours and friends  where terazzo layers :) The Rosattos,    poor Joe he paid the ultimate price for his religion.

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Re: Little Italy
« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2012, 12:02:50 PM »
JOE AND DAVY ROSATO I KNEW BOTH AND THEIR SISTER WAS MARRIED TO PETER MORELLI A GRANDSON OF THEIRS PAUL MORELLI IS STILL IN THE TERRAZZO
MORELLI SNR AND PADDY QUIGLEY WORKED TOGETHER APUANA FLOORING

Dawson

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Re: Little Italy
« Reply #22 on: May 15, 2012, 02:17:04 PM »
When did the Italians come to Belfast and why? I assume they came to work in the construction industry. But why so many? Desmond McAuley can you help?

Desmond McAuley

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Re: Little Italy
« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2012, 03:32:20 PM »
THE ORIGINAL ITALIANS CAME FROM THE SOUTH OF ITALY MAINLY ENGAGED IN NTHE ICE CREAM THEN FISH & CHIPS SUBSEQUENTLY RESTAURANTS. REMEMBER ALSO THAT ITALY HAD A LARGE MERCHANT FLEET AND TRADED IN BELFAST HENCE THERE WAS AND THE OPPOURTUNITY FOR THE SAILORS TO REMAIN FOR WHATEVER REASON AFTER THEIR SHIP MAY HAVE LEFT AGAIN MOST OF THEM CAME FROM THE SOUTH OF ITALY
 
WITH REGARD TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY THAT AREA OF ITALY KNOWN AS FRUILI WAS THE AREA WHERE MOST OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS CAME FROM. IT LIES ABOUT 80 KILOMETERS NORTH OF VENICE
AND IS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE ALPS  TRIESTE THE PORT AT THE BORDER OF WHAT WAS YOUGOSLAVIA IS ALSO IN FRUILI .
 
FROM THIS REGION CAME ALL OF THE MOSAIC TERRAZZO CERAMIC AND STONE WORKERS NEARER TRIESTE WAS THE AREA FOR CARPENTERS ETC. MOST OF THESE WORKERS FIRST ARRIVED IN SCOTLAND AND THENCE TO NORTHERN IRELAND IF YOU HAVE EVER A CHANCE VISIT THE CEMETARY FRIARS BUSH INTERRED THERE IS THE ITALIAN TRADESMAN THAT DID
THE MOSAIC AND TERRAZZO ARTISTIC FLOOR AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE LAYNON BUILDING AT QUB I SUBSEQUENTLY REPLACED THIS WHEN THE LEVELS OF THE FLOOR CHANGED  TO SUIT DISABLED ACCESS HOWEVER IT MATCHS EXACTLY THE ORIGINAL EVEN DOWN TO HAVING 150 YEARS OF WEAR . THE MAIN REASON THAT THE ITALIANS CAME TO WORK HERE CERTAINLY IN THE MOSAIC ETC WAS DUE TO LOUIS TOFFOLO WHO EMIGRATED FROM MONTERALE VALLECINA NEAR MANIAGO IN THE PROVINCE OF UDINE SETTLED IN GLASGOW AND COMMENCE4D TRADING AS TOFFOLO,JACKSON BITH THERE AND SUBSEQUENTLY BELFAST.....HE BROUGHT A LOT OF HIS RELATIONS TO WORK (CHEAP LABOUR)HERE INCLUDING ANGELO DE POL (1933) . IT MUST ALSO BE REMEMBERED THAT A LOT OF ITALIAN NATIONALS WERE INTERNED IN THE ISLE OF MAN DURING THE WAR
ANGLE ROMAN ANGELO DE POL ANGELO MORELLI TO MENTION A FEW

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Re: Little Italy
« Reply #24 on: May 15, 2012, 07:22:00 PM »
What can I say. A very informative post. Obviously with this depth of information and the fact that you worked at QUB there must be a family connection.

Many years ago I was visiting a large farm house outside Banbridge and I noticed that  the kitchen and scullery floors were terrazzo. It seemed an extravagant floor given the location. I was informed that it was put there by Italians because the farmer wanted a hard wearing floor that was easy to clean. It was beautiful and as good as the day it went down. Maybe it was De Pol himself who laid the floor? ??? ??

I always thought that the Italian tradesmen came to N Ireland to work in chapels/churches and prestigious public buildings and that ice cream making was a side line

I used to live in Excise Street, Grosvenor Road and there was people of Italian extraction who lived there. Beside me was Turin Street, Naples Street, Venice Street, Pisa Street and Genoa Street. Maybe I should claim this area as little Italy???????

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Re: Little Italy
« Reply #25 on: May 15, 2012, 08:02:16 PM »
THANKS FOR REPLY. YOUR REFRENCE TO ALL OF THE ITALIAN CITIES AND THERE LOCATION IN BELFAST WAS NOT KNOWN TO ME HOWEVER AS YOU WILL NO DOUBT BE AWARE THEY STRANGER IN YOUR LIST WAS NAPLES ALL THE OTHERS ARE IN NORTHERN ITALY
 
RE BANBRIDGE INN THE EARLY FIFTIES FARMERS COULD OBTAIN GRANTS FOR RE-INSTATEMENT OR REFURBISHMENT OF THEIR HOMES IN THAT AREA OF CO DOWN / CO ARMAGH THERE WAS AN ARCHITECT CALLED WILLIAM CALLAGHAN SPECIALISING IN THAT TYPE OF WORK AND I WELL REMEMBER LOTS OF SIMILAR LOCATIONS AS REFERRED TO BY YOURSELR THE MOST LIKELY LAYER WOULD HAVE BEEN FREDDIE MADDELENA OR LOUIS CAMPBELL
 
WAS THE AREA YOU REFERRED TO NOT KNOWN AS THE POUND LONEY

Dawson

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Re: Little Italy
« Reply #26 on: May 16, 2012, 10:39:54 AM »
 The Pound Loney was a completely different area that was adjacent to Durham Street and Divis Street

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Re: Little Italy
« Reply #27 on: May 17, 2012, 12:23:12 AM »
Anyone know anyone from little patrick street

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Re: Little Italy
« Reply #28 on: May 17, 2012, 12:30:38 AM »
Shepperds, Branneys, Corrs, Caseys, Jimmy Moore(shop)

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Re: Little Italy
« Reply #29 on: May 17, 2012, 12:09:09 PM »
My family r the caseys...