Braniel

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Braniel
Irish: an Braineal[1]
The Braniel
Population 4,741 (2011 Census)
County County Down
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Belfast
Postcode district BT5
Dialling code 028
Police Northern Ireland
Fire Northern Ireland
Ambulance Northern Ireland
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament East Belfast
NI Assembly East Belfast
Website [1]
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
Down

Braniel or The Braniel is a large housing estate and townland in southeast Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is in the barony of Castlereagh Upper and parish of Knockbreda in County Down.[2] Two small estates, Roddens and Glenview are located in the area, and are often referred to the Braniel. It is a predominantly Protestant area, with the majority of residents being loyalist or unionist. The area is due to be refurbished, as near-by estates Belvoir (Beaver) and Newtownbreda have been refurbished.

History[edit]

The name was historically spelt Ballybronnell and may come from the Irish: Baile Uí Bhraithnil, meaning "O'Braniel's town". Alternative origins are Irish: Broinngheal, meaning "bright-fronted place" or An Braineal.[2]

The Entrance to the Braniel is via the Knock Road and the Ballygowan Road or through the Gilnahirk route. Near-by estates include, Church Road (Rosewood, Rosemount, Gray Castle, Marlborough), Gilnahirk, Tullycarnet, Clarawood, Clonduff, Casaeldona and Cregagh. In 2001, a man was murdered on Ravenswood Park, at the end entering the Braniel Square.[3] In 2008, a man was stabbed on Whincroft Road, one of the main roads into Braniel Square. A 28-year-old man was then arrested and given bail following the event.[4][5][6][7] On 13 March 2012, a man drove through the front of a house on Whincroft Road. No further details have been released at this time though it is believed the man had a heart attack or blacked out at the steering wheel of his Citroen Picasso before driving through the front of 13 Whincroft Road.[8][9]

Fires[edit]

2009[edit]

On 11 April 2009 Braniel Primary school was set of fire by arsonists. The fire started in a bin area at the side of the school and spread to the roof of the school. It was extinguished and only the bin area and fencing as well as the roof were damaged. The School assembly hall was also slightly damaged inside. The fire cost around £10,000 in damages.[10][11][12][13]

2011[edit]

On 7 January 2011, a flat in the estate went on fire, a baby inside and four other people were saved.[14][15][16][17]

Services[edit]

  • Braniel Primary School, educates over 400 children and was recently refurbished for its 50th anniversary.)[18]
  • Braniel Church, which hosts both a Methodist and Presbyterian congregation.[19]
  • Braniel Football Pitch, re-placed the Braniel Bowling Green
  • Braniel Community Centre, for community events and other activities. The B.C.A hold events and meetings here.[20]
  • Braniel Bowling Green, 1980's – 2011, removed in favour of a new football pitch.
  • Braniel Library, Closed 2010, a mobile Library now visits the car park at the Glenside Shops.[21]
  • Braniel Football Club, various football teams

Parks[edit]

  • Carmena Allen Memorial Park, at the top of the estate. Better known as Braniel Park or Sam's Park.
  • Roddens Park, Located in Roddens. Not to be confused with a nearby street with the same name. It is in poor condition due to lack of care from the council, it is in serious need of refurbishment as the park has deteriorated over the years and has not been updated or fixed.

Shops[edit]

Current[edit]

Glenside Shops[edit]
Smart Wash-in unit
  • Mace Express (9 February 2012 – 27 November 2014)
  • Hair Care (1990's-present)
  • Imperial Garden (February 2013 – present)
  • Unit Vacant
  • SMART WASH-IN (2008–present)[22]
Braeside[edit]

Unit Vacant

Braniel[edit]
  • SPAR (1990's-2005, 2013–present)(better known as Sam's)
  • Post Office (1990's-present)(Located inside SPAR)
  • Braniel Pharmacy (1990's-present)
  • The Unit Cafe (2014-present)

Former[edit]

Glenside Shops[edit]
  • The Glen Newsagents (1990's-2002)
  • Vivo (2002–2003)
  • Golden King (?-2005)
  • Golden Fu (2005–2007)
  • Link Drycleaners (1990's-2008)
  • Asian Delight (2007–2010)
  • The Griffin (2004 - 9 February 2012)
  • Mace Express (2012 - 27th November 2014)
  • Rose Garden (2010 – March 2012)
  • Far East Delicious (May 2012 – February 2013)
  • Wylie & Company Solicitors (1999–2014)
Braeside[edit]
  • HELEN'S (1990's-2004)
  • Hunger Buster (2011–2012)
  • O'Neills Stop & Shop (2004–2014)
  • O'Neills Stop & Tan (2012–2014)
  • Braeside Mini Market (2014)
Braniel[edit]
  • Centra Off License (2005–2013)
  • KellsKitchen (2000's-2007)
  • Goodmans Traditional Fish and Chips (2007–2009)
  • DC's Fish & Chips (2011)

Residents[edit]

Former[edit]

Dreamscheme: Braniel[edit]

In 2009, the Braniel Dreamscheme painted a new mural over an old graffitied wall near the Braniel Park, on the back of the Braniel row of shops.[27] The Dreamscheme is still an ongoing activity in the estate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ a b The Place-names of Northern Ireland
  3. ^ "NORTHERN IRELAND | Man denies murder charge". BBC News. 12 November 2001. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "UK | Northern Ireland | Man held over stabbing given bail". BBC News. 21 December 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "UTV News – Arrest after Castlereagh stabbing". U.tv. 21 December 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Man arrested after city stabbing | San Francisco Luxury Living". Sfluxe.com. 20 December 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  7. ^ sotiris (20 December 2008). "scrapbooking how to start your own scrapbooking: Man arrested after city stabbing". Scrapbookinghowtostartyourown.blogspot.com. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  8. ^ http://www.u.tv/News/Car-crashes-into-house-in-Belfast/ca072be1-fd5f-4a4c-8e3b-5f5827cf6529
  9. ^ "Family escape injury after car crashes into front of east Belfast house". BBC News. 13 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Outrage as school is targeted by arsonists – East Belfast, Community Telegraph". Belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 14 April 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "UK | Northern Ireland | Arsonists target primary school". BBC News. 12 April 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  12. ^ 13 Apr :03 BST 2009. "Primary school targeted by arsonists – Local". News Letter. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "UTV News – Arsonists attack school". U.tv. 12 April 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "BBC News – Baby is rescued from fire at flat in Braniel estate". Bbc.co.uk. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Long shocked at fire in Braniel (The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland)". Allianceparty.org. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "Baby is rescued from fire at flat in Braniel estate". Fire.org.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  17. ^ "UTV News – Baby rescued from blaze in flat". U.tv. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  18. ^ "Home Page :: Braniel Primary School, Belfast, United Kingdom". Branielps.com. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  19. ^ "Home". Branielchurch.org.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  20. ^ "Braniel Community-Association". Facebook. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  21. ^ "librariesni.org.uk – Braniel Library". Ni-libraries.net. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  22. ^ "Expert Dry Cleaners in Belfast". Smart Wash-In. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  23. ^ "BBC ON THIS DAY | 24 | 2000: Loyalist killer Michael Stone freed from Maze". BBC News. 24 July 1974. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  24. ^ Lee Glendinning and agencies (8 December 2008). "Loyalist killer Michael Stone jailed for 16 years | UK news | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  25. ^ "Loyalist killer Michael Stone jailed for 16 years over Sinn Fein murder plot | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  26. ^ "BBC ON THIS DAY | 16 | 1988: Three shot dead at Milltown Cemetery". BBC News. 16 March 1988. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  27. ^ "Graffiti wall transformed – News, East Belfast". Belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2011.