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Helen Bell

Tales from the lower Shankill

Born in 1947 in Hopewell Street at the bottom of the Shankill Road, Helen remembers the late 1960s and the first time that real “trouble” started on the Shankill Road, with rioting and flares being shot into the air. ...

Thomas Ward

Experiences of looking for justice

Marie Breen-Smyth the Associated Dean International at the University of Surrey talks to Thomas Ward. After being laid off from his job in London, Tommy returned to Derry to visit his family before heading back to ...

Fergus O Hare (Part Two)

Irish language education

This film is subtitled. When Fergus was working in St Thomas’s school, the wife of the editor of the Andersonstown News, Áine Mac Aindreasa asked if he would teach a science class in the new Irish secondary school ...

Una McGurk

Talking to an Omagh bomb victim

Marie Breen-Smyth, Associate Dean International, University of Surrey talks to Una McGurk. Una McGurk was 14 years old when she was seriously injured in the Omagh Bomb on Saturday 15th August 1998. The Real IRA cla...

Henry Bell

Henry talks teaching and history

Bernard Conlan talks to Henry Bell about his teaching career and his passion for history. Born in Belfast in 1949, for the first few years of his life Henry lived in a wooden bungalow in Islandmagee in County Antri...

WRDA Lecture Series – Dr. Avila Kilmurray

Talking about Madge Davison

Dr Avila Kilmurray from the Community Foundation NI spoke about Madge Davison who was a civil rights organiser for the N.I. Civil Rights Association and barrister from north Belfast. Madge was born on 13 June 1949 ...

Jonathan Bardon

Bernard Conlon interviews

Bernard Conlon talks to retired lecturer, historian and writer Jonathan Bardon. Jonathan Bardon was born in December 1941 in south Dublin into a middle class Protestant family. He recalls memories of austerity, ...

Annie Armstrong

Tales from lower Springfield

Annie grew up in the lower Springfield area of west Belfast, a working class area of factories and mills, one of which was James Mackie & Sons or Mackies as they were known locally, a textile machinery and enginee...

Albert Haslett

The Shankill during WW2

As a child, Albert grew up with his parents and 9 brothers and sisters in the Hammer, a poor neighbourhood of Belfast. The area was characterised by poor housing conditions. “The houses were just two up and two dow...

May Blood

Talking with Baroness Blood

May was born during World War Two and grew up in Roden Street, a mixed area of Belfast with her mother and sister. He family was separated due to the evacuations during the war. “For the first six years of my life I t...

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...

Sam McAughtry

In conversation with Sam

Internationally respected, Sam McAughtry is a writer and broadcaster who was born in the Tigers Bay area of Belfast in 1923. Sam, one of a family of ten children, recalls the living conditions of the time “Tigers Bay ...

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