Glossary entry for
In Van's neighborhood of East Belfast the McIlwain brothers ran a series of chip
shops selling pastie suppers and the like on the Beersbridge Road,
first on the corner of Greenville Road, and then
at the corner of Clara Avenue. The latter (shown at right) is still a popular
take-away, working under the name of Jim's Plaice.
Image at right and text courtesy of Stuart Bailie
David McIlwain writes from Australia (Feb 18/2000):
Davey's chipper was my Dad's, it was actually on the Beersbridge Road, the second
shop from the corner of Greenville Road. My Dad also owned the other shop around
the corner from Clara Avenue, both were on the Beersbridge Road, this one was run
by his sister "Wee Annie".
My Dad's shop was a favourite meeting place for
many who later became famous such as: Billy Bingham & Danny Blanchflower both
became international soccer players, Rev. Ian Paisley often arguing theology
with my dad & his brother who were both lay evangelists & gospel musicians, and of
course Van Morrison. My Dad is now dead, he immigrated to Australia in 1961, my
Mum is still alive & knew Van Morrison's Mum quite well.
My dad, David, and his brother James were gospel evangelists, known as "The McIlwain
brothers" (shown at right: David - known as and called "Davey" - is on the right).
My Dad started the shop near Clara Avenue, then it
was taken over by his brother James, they all lived in rooms above the shop
until I was born in 1943. My Dad then bought the shop down the road (the one
which Van went to) - it hadn't been a chip shop before my dad got it, he had
the chip fryers imported from England, they were apparently very impressive
for the time. He had his name Davey's embedded in the front door step in
terazzo, it was still there when I went back to Belfast in 1975, but the
shop was a chinese takeaway (named "Always Welcome") then (see photo above).
Maurice Kinkead sends a recent (June 26/2004) photo of the former Davey's Chipper noting
that "as you can see it looks like the terrazzo [which once had the name Davey's in it]
has been cemented over".
Van references in:
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