Last month the Connswater Community Greenway in partnership with Belfast City Council gave the public the opportunity to officially name major links along the Greenway including the two new bridges at Dixon Park, one at Linen Gardens and one at Flora Street Walkway.

Bridge One - Dixon Park to Grand Parade 

1. Grace Bannister Bridge 

Grace Bannister OBE lived off Grand Parade in east Belfast and was a former pupil of Park Parade School. 

Her place in history in Belfast is secured by the fact that she was the first female Lord Mayor of Belfast, elected in 1981 and was also the High Sheriff of Belfast from 1979 - 1980. She died in 1986.

2. Grand Bridge

Grand refers to the street name of Grand Parade. This new bridge is also the biggest and 'grandest' of the new bridges in the area. It is also very visible as you walk, cycle or drive at this section of the Connswater Community Greenway. This bridge has a span of 16 metres.


Bridge Two - Dixon Park to Dunraven Gardens

Bridge 2

1. Shannon Bridge 

Billy Shannon was a well known community worker in the area. He was a founding member of Bloomfield Community Association in 1975. He is remembered as being passionate about football, children and young people.

2. Stickleback Bridge

Stickleback fish live in the Knock River and are often spotted by wildlife enthusiasts. Sticklebacks are characterised by the presence of strong and clearly isolated spines in their dorsal fins. 

Bridge Three - Linen Gardens to Abetta Parade 

Bridge 3

1. Hutchinson Bridge

David Hutchinson was ​P​rincipal at Elmgrove Primary School​ from 2001 - 2011​. David was a true educationalist and his love for children was evident to everyone who visited the school. He​ was ​​a ​popular figure with parents and within the wider community.

2. The Hollow Bridge

The Hollow was made famous by Van Morrison in his most - played song 'Brown Eyed Girl'. 

The Connswater River starts in the Hollow, where the Knock and Loop rivers meet and flows through east Belfast down to the sea at Belfast Lough.

Bridge Four - Flora Street Walkway to Bloomfield Parade

Bridge 4

1. Owen O'Cork Bridge

The Owen O'Cork Mill was founded in 1873 and is situated on the Beersbridge Road. Since it's inception the mill has re-invented itself from the original corn-mill to become a flour mill, then a flax, cotton and jute mill. It is now home for several small businesses, an auction house and artists' workshops.

2. Mill Bridge

Employing thousands of local people, there were many mills located along the east Belfast rivers including Grove Spinning and Weaving, Strand Spinning, Bloomfield Weaving, Doagh Spinning and Owen O'Cork Spinning Mill. 

Some mills used the water from the river as a source of power until the late 1950s.

By voting you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions which can be found below.

Terms and Conditions



1.      By entering, participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by the Terms and Conditions. All entry instructions form part of these Terms and Conditions

2.      The process for the naming of the four new bridges is operated and managed by Connswater Community Greenway via nominated Naming Panel Representatives (“we”)

3.      The bridge naming process is set out in two stages

a.      Stage 1 - Public Submissions is open to members of the public who will be able to submit suggested name(s) commencing from Monday 3rd October to Wednesday 26th October 2016 at midnight. Submissions received after this period will not be counted

b.      Stage 2 - The top entries will be chosen and agreed by the Naming Panel against criteria set in line with Belfast City Council guidelines. The Public Vote will commence from Tuesday 1st November to Wednesday 16th November 2016, midnight. 

4.      Only one submission per person is permitted. An Organisation can submit one corporate entry, which must be authorised by the director executive of the organisation entered.

5.      In Stage 2 - only one vote is allowed per person and we reserve the right to reject votes if we reasonably believe multiple votes have been submitted by the same person

6.      The Public Submissions process and Voting process is open to persons of any age

7.      During the Public Submissions process, we will collect minimal personal details (such as your name, email address or telephone number, postcode) in order to support verification of entries, to build data about the submissions and to avoid unsolicited emails

8.      All personal details collected by us will be retained and managed by us at all times in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. The data will be used only for the purposes of this naming process and participant’s email address will be added to the Connswater Community Greenway mailing list which they are free to remove themselves from at any time

9.      Your personal details will not be published or supplied to any other third party other than approved sub-contractors involved in the process. Where any aspect of the process (i.e. processing votes, web hosting and data storage) is subcontracted to a third party supplier, such subcontractor is required to adhere to the principles contained in the Data Protection Act 1998 and to process the data only under the instruction of the Connswater Community Greenway

10.     You can vote by any of the methods set out in these terms and conditions

11.     We cannot accept any responsibility for incorrectly completed, lost or delayed submissions or votes

12.     We shall ensure that the voting process is carried out fairly, however please note that our decision on all matters is final and no correspondence will be entered into

13.     The Connswater Community Greenway website ( operates an “implied” consent policy with regard to cookies and by continuing to use this website you acknowledge that you fully understand and agree. If you disagree with the use of cookies you can turn them off using the control panel in the bottom left hand corner of your screen. We collect information via cookies in a way that does not identify any individual

14.     By submitting a name you are subject to these Terms and Conditions, you agree and accept that you have no rights and you will not acquire any rights, in or to the winning name(s). No competition prize, fee or payment will be awarded

15.     The four bridges that are due to be named are situated in the Dixon Park, Abetta Parade and Flora Street Walkway of the Connswater Community Greenway. The section of the Connswater Community Greenway from Beersbridge Road to Grand Parade including the Hollow is due to be open to the public on 22nd October. The Flora Street Walkway section of the Greenway is due to open by March 2017. 

16.     We reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions or issue further terms and conditions at any time. Any amended or updated version of these terms and conditions will be posted here.


Stage 1

Public Submissions

Submitting your name suggestion(s) online

17.     If you submit your Bridge Name entry online, you must provide a valid email address, your individual/organisation name, the name entry and the reason why you chose this name (less than 100 words)

18.     Name submission forms are limited to one per person/organisation. If there is evidence that you have entered more than once all your submissions will be discarded

Submitting your name suggestion(s) offline

19.     Only completed official submission forms will be considered as valid entries

20.     Submission forms are available from the EastSide Partnership Office, 278 – 280 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1HE (Open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, closed lunch 1pm – 2pm) and also Avoniel Leisure Centre (Open Monday – Friday 7.15am to 10pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm). 

21.     You can also submit your submission form by post to EastSide Partnership, 278 – 280 Newtownards Road, BT4 1HE. If submitting your submission form by post you must provide the correct postage. We will not be held responsible for entries not received due to postal issues

22.     Submission forms must be received by Wednesday 26th October 2016. Submissions received after this date will not be counted

The naming panel will use the following criteria to shortlist submissions for the final vote.

If the name honours a person or animal it must meet the following guidelines…

1.      They must have made a “significant cultural or financial contribution” to the life of the area / City / or made a significant positive contribution within the community where the structure is located.

2.      They have lived within the locality / District Electoral Area of the Park and Leisure facility

3.      If the person/animal is still alive have they made a significant cultural or financial contribution to the improvement / development of the park or facility?

4.      If the nominee is deceased then appropriate relatives or friends will be contacted asking if they approve of the request. If the relatives or friends do not approve, the naming process will not be pursued.

5.      Fictional characters may also be named but must be appropriate and relevant to the area of the structures and pathway

If the name relates to a specific unique location

6.      The name should provide a sense of place, reflecting the geographic location, community, neighbourhood or street where the park, facility or amenity is located.

7.      The name should reflect the historical or cultural significance of the area or reflects unique characteristics of the site (unique flora / fauna).


General naming guidelines

8.      The name should be supportive of the values of the Connswater Community Greenway and its funders including; Living Landmark, Legacy, Inspiring, Shared Space, Improve Living Environment, Educational, Tourist Potential)

9.      Names which memorialise/honour a person/animal and have a theme of religious, political or sectarian values/connotations will not be accepted


Stage 2

Public Vote

10.     The public vote will open to the public from Tuesday 1st November to Wednesday 16th November 2016.

11.     In Stage 2 - only one vote per person and we reserve the right to reject votes if we reasonably believe multiple votes have been submitted by the same person

12.     People can vote either:

-Online at

- Offline at EastSide Partnership Offices (278 – 280 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1HE) or at Avoniel Leisure Centre (Avoniel Road, Belfast, BT5 4SF)

Stage 3

Ratification by Belfast City Council

13.     After the voting has closed and the top names have been announced please note that they are subject to ratification by Belfast City Council so will not be official until ratified


14.     We accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, injury (other than our liability for personal injury or death as a result of our negligence) or disappointment of any kind suffered by any entrant in entering

15.     We accept no responsibility for submissions lost due to computer or post error in transit

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