Sir Edward Carson

In 1912, an historic speech took place in the Pavilion at the Pleasure Grounds where Barry’s is now seen. Sir Edward Carson, who was one of the main leaders for the unionists and a powerful spokesperson and founding member of the Ulster Unionist Party, spoke against the threat of Home Rule in Ireland. 4,000 unionists crowded round to hear him speak in one of the last major events seen by the WIntergardens Pavilion. He was commemorated in the larger-than-life statue erected outside Stormont’s steps during his own lifetime, given a British State funeral and buried in St. Anne’s Cathedral, in Belfast[1]. The statue represents the idea that Northern Ireland was his creation.  More on the Pleasure Grounds and Barry’s are included later in this topic.

[1] Tom McClean, Sir Edward Carson’s grave St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast