There is lots of information about them: http://www.dsdni.gov.uk/index/urcdg-urban_regeneration/belfast-streetsahead/streets-ahead-iconic-feature-lighting.htm
The eight ribs represent eight great ships built in Belfast:
They say that "a problem shared is a problem halved" and I think most folk would agree with that! Things that seem so large when you're facing them on your own will fall back into proper perspective when talked over with someone else.
That was the day off ... the remainder of the afternoon was spent finishing off the Rector's Remarks for the Easter General Vestry and then this evening that's where I spent a couple of hours. Appointments and elections over, some forms to be filled in and then we're ready for the new year with all the potential that brings.
Lord, I ask You to bless my friends ...
Where there is pain,
may they find peace and mercy.
Where there is self-doubt,
may they gain a renewed confidence.
Where there is weariness or exhaustion,
give them understanding, patience, and strength.
Where there is fear,
reveal your love, and give them your courage.
Inspire them with greater vision,
and raise up leaders and friends to support and encourage them.
May their spirit always be joyous and
their days rich and filled with love.