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Our next Entry is 'Joys Entry' this is named after Francis Joy, who founded the Belfast News Letter. This is believed to be the oldest paper in the English speaking world, which was printed in a building in this alleyway. Joys entry links the High Street and Anne Street, and also includes a narrow courtyard known as Joys Court.
Francis Joy was the Grandfather of one Henry Joy Mc Cracken (1767 -1798), who was executed for treason in 1798, in the nearby Cornmarket (see my previous tips). At the High Street entry to this passageway you can see a blue plaque (pic 2) that records this event. Henry lived near here too.
At the High Street end of the passageway, I was a bit puzzled as to what the corrugated metal piece (pic 3) was for, and guessed it was to protect the drain below (though not entirely sure why!). Well I was wrong- this iron corner railing and fluted skirting plate was installed as 'a way to direct horse drawn carts around the curving wall of the corner tenement' I think these carts and horses must have been quite slim!
So as well as being an important area in Belfasts printing and newspaper industry, Joys entry also houses another of the Citys old hosteleries. In 1892, a tavern here was first licenced and owned by an Admiral. At this time, the Farset River was a mooring place for ships (it's since been covered over, and is now the High Street!) so its crews of sailors would have headed here for R&R!
This is now is Mc Crackens Pub -Belfast Pub of the Year 2008! It is named after Mary Ann McCracken, the granddaughter of Francis Joy and the sister of Henry Joy McCracken.
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I'm afraid that I only peeped in through the doorway - It looked pretty impressive, but I wasn't hungry/ thirsty at that time. My next visit to Belfast, I'd like to eat here.
Address: McCrackens Cafe Bar, 4 Joys Entry, BELFAST BT1 4DR
Phone: Mc Crackens 028 9032 6711
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