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The Rape and Plunder of the Shankill Revisited

Shankill Road history

Traumatic change came to the inner city communities of Belfast in the 1970s with large scale redevelopment, ring roads planned to encircle the city and whole communities being wiped away by the bulldozer. One of those...

In Our Time – Creating Arts Within Reach

Creating Arts Within Reach

Belfast has seen a remarkable expansion in community arts activity over the last forty years, since the 1970s, putting it at the forefront of the movement within the UK and Ireland to change the way art is seen. It ha...

Raising Standards

A Celebration for May Day 1992

The Conservative Party has just won the elections under John Major. General Sir Patrick Mayhew is Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Albert Reynolds is Taoiseach in the south of Ireland. Against the backdrop of ...

Ballymurphy – The People’s Co-ops

The story of Ballymurphy Enterprises

Like many cities in Britain, Belfast suffered industrial decline in the 1960s.  High unemployment rates were the norm for many of the housing estates in west Belfast. “Official statistics in Ballymurphy had 37% of ...

Giros

Alternative drop-in centre in Belfast

Imagine a place of freedom and expression for young people, a place to eat at a reasonable price, a place to create art and play music. An alternative space for anyone who didn’t find the mainstream appealing. Welc...

Becoming Irish – Stories of an Indian Community

Stories of an Indian Community

Connections between India and Ireland have been evolving since at least the 18th century but it wasn’t until after World War Two, that people from India came to Northern Ireland in significant numbers, many of them af...

The Law Centre

The story of NI's Law Centres

The Law Centre NI was set up in the early 1970s by a dedicated group of solicitors to help those who suffered social inequalities. “It was about using the law as one aspect of a much broader campaign involving tena...

Falls Women’s Centre

Stories from Falls Road women

Personal stories from women who established a women's centre on the Falls Road in Belfast and sought to provide a space for women to feel safe and to gain advice on childbirth, abortion, marital problems, social secur...

Ná hAbair é, Déan é

Irish Language in Belfast

This film is subtitled. Labhraíonn Séamus Mac Seáin, Seán Mac Seáin, Bríghid Mhic Sheáin agus Máire Mhic Sheáin faoina dtaithí ag fás aníos i mBéal Feirste, ag dul isteach i ngluaiseacht na Gaeilge, ag bunú Ghaelta...

PERSONAL STORIES

Denis O Hearn

Social and economic justice

Denis’s scholarly interests are in social movements, the sociology of economic change, industrialisation and transnational corporations. Denis was brought up in the middle of the New Mexico desert and remembers a c...

Alfred Abolarin

Race relations in NI

Born in northern Nigeria, in Zaria, where he grew up, Alfred has lived in Northern Ireland for twenty years. It was the offer of a job, which brought Alfred to Belfast in the early 1990s. “I was offered a job in Ph...

Pilib O Runai

Setting up an Irish nursery

Pilib learnt some Irish at school, which was not common at the time something that was not very common at that time. He grew up with the language being spoken around him and always had an interest in it. He participat...

WRDA Lecture Series – John Gray

A lecture on Mary Ann McCracken

Former Librarian and Social Historian John Gray delivered a lecture entitled “Mary Ann McCracken, pioneer feminist and revolutionary”.   John, a former Chief Librarian at the Linen Hall Library, opened the lectur...