MEMORIES OF LITTLE ITALY ecently I passed through a part of Belfast that once had been the home to a small Italian community. I pass through this area often but on this particular day I found myself recalling memories of my childhood and my schoolmates. Perhaps it was the total transformation of the place that shot me back to a time so long ago. Only in my memory could I find any trace of the district I knew so well. Little Italy, as it was known, consisted of the city end of Nelson Street, Great Patrick Street, Little Patrick Street, Carolina Street, Academy Street and the lower part of Frederick Street. A few Italian families can be traced in the area
St Malachy's Church in Alfred Street.
James Doherty as far back as 1816. One of the early families Signor Fabbrini was appointed Drawing Master in the Belfast Academicial Institute, which at that time was in Academy Street. INFLUX Another was Modesto Silo whose son Modesto junior was the first Irish Italian born in the area in 1835. The most famous of the Italians born in Belfast was Peter Piccione, an artist of great renown whose great masterpiece can be seen behind the alter in St Malachy's Church in Alfred Street. The big influx of Italians came as refugees in 1867 as a result of the Garibaldian Wars in Italy and remained in the area for almost 100 years. Many of the names of the early settlers such as Santini, Antonio, Feregione, Pinisi, Fusco, Marsella, Morell, Morelli
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