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Pádraigín Drinan

Pádraigín Drinan grew up in west Belfast and joined the Republican Labour Party in 1966 on the 50th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. “As I was very young and at school, I was probably the only person to bunk off...

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 ...

Roisin McGlone

Life as a Falls community worker

“The Troubles began at the time we moved up to Andersonstown from the Falls Road.  My lasting memory is the raids, whenever the army and police came. This would be before Ulsterisation. They closed off streets and sea...

John McNally

1952 Olympics boxer from the Loney

John was born in the Pound Loney, West Belfast in 1932.  He remembers a close, friendly community: “The people were great, they all looked after each other, there were no locks on doors, people just walked in and out,...

WRDA Lectures – Baroness May Blood

Factory floor to the House of Lords

The inaugural lecture of the Anna Eggert lecture series, organised by the WRDA.  Baroness May Blood was the speaker for the afternoon and delivered a biographical lecture entitled “From the factory floor to the House ...

Paul Gallagher

Surviving a shooting

Marie Breen-Smyth the Associated Dean International at the University of Surrey talks to Paul Gallagher about his injury and it affected his life and future and how he has came to terms with it. On the 6th January ...

Dale Harrison

Community work in West Belfast

Dale remembers the beginning of the Troubles. “From memory the Troubles in the Woodvale were rife. To this day some people would say that’s originally where it all started. I do remember one evening. There was a full ...

Noelle Ryan

A life in community education

Noelle spent six years working in a Liverpool convent before being released. “I know there were some of people who felt, maybe fearful of me in ways, I’ve a fairly strong personality. I suppose it wasn’t my permanent ...

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 ...

Tar Anall

Conway Mill Drop In Centre

The 50+ Group was established several years ago by a group of Republican women in Tar Anall, a Drop In Centre for Republican prisoners and their families based in Conway Mill, west Belfast. “After the peace came, a...

Lynda Walker

Chair of the Communist Party of Irl

Lynda Walker grew up in Sheffield, England and came from a working class background. “It was a fairly run down area, we lived in a couple of rooms in the back of a shop, but we moved onto one of the bigger estates ...

Father Desmond Wilson

Community development in W. Belfast

Father Wilson grew up in the mixed community Ormeau Road area in south Belfast. “Belfast, to us, was an amazing place. When I was growing up I was very fortunate, I was able to go to Saint Malachys Grammar School a...

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