History and Heritage of Cregagh Road

George Best – George Best is probably east Belfast’s most sporting son. Born and raised in the Cregagh Estate, his talent was spotted by Manchester United. Best established himself as a footballing colossus, inspiring United to many honours including the European Cup in 1698. He went on to play almost 500 games for Manchester United, before retiring at the age of only 28. He was capped 37 times and scored 9 goals for Northern Ireland. He died aged 59 in November 2005, and his funeral brought Belfast to a standstill. A large mural depicting George Best in his prime overlooks the Cregagh playing fields where he first kicked a ball.

Schomberg House & Orange Order – The headquarters of the Orange Order is at Schomberg House on the Cregagh Road. The Orange Order is an institution which remembers and celebrates the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, when the Protestant King William III defeated the Catholic King James II in Ireland, and resulted in the beginnings of constitutional democracy in the United Kingdom. The battles which took place in Ireland were part of the wider European conflict. The Orange Order has around 100,000 members worldwide with approximately 1200 lodges in Ireland. Schomberg House has a museum that is open to the public. It includes artefacts which belonged to William of Orange, as well as Orange Order exhibits from around the world.