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The execution of Henry Joy McCracken through the eyes of his sister, Mary Ann

By |July 17th, 2019|

On this day 1798 Henry Joy McCracken was executed for his role as commander of the County Antrim forces of the United Irishmen. After the United Irish defeat in Antrim in June of 1798, Henry Joy fled to the Belfast Hills, whilst Mary Ann arranged his escape to America. However, he was seized on the way […]

Belfast & the French Connection

By |July 14th, 2019|

Belfast Charitable Society Board Member, Captain John McCracken was enchanted by all things French. He spent considerable time travelling between Belfast and Bordeaux, transporting wine for his employer, the Black family. He had been held prisoner in France in the mid-1700s, but it did not diminish his admiration for the French people. When French prisoners […]

Black ’47 and the Death of Surgeon McCleery

By |July 10th, 2019|

The year 1847 was a dark one in Irish history, known as Black ’47, due to the number of famine related deaths. It wasn’t just the labouring classes who were impacted – many doctors, minsters and priests died due to contracting various diseases which fell under the ubiquitous term of ‘famine fever’, when helping the poor. […]

On This Day 1819: Adopting a new model for female education

By |July 10th, 2019|

Belfast Charitable Society always viewed the education of the children within its care as paramount to helping them develop and gain employment in adulthood. On this day, 10th July 1819 Belfast Charitable Society unanimously supported the introduction of the Lancastrian mode of teaching for the Poor House Girls School.

This model of education, named after Joseph […]

Life and Times of Belfast’s Mary Ann McCracken: Reimagining a remarkable life

By |July 8th, 2019|

THE Belfast Charitable Society has launched an updated version of ‘The Life and Times of Mary Ann McCracken – A Belfast Panorama’, which was first published by its author Mary McNeill in 1960.

Most of us can only hope to achieve something of note within an entire lifetime. Some manage many accomplishments and triumph over challenges […]

Building Better Futures Fund Helps South Armagh ‘Blossom': An Tobar Community Wellness Centre

By |July 2nd, 2019|

An innovative social enterprise in Silverbridge, south Armagh, is using horticulture to improve the wellbeing of the local community. Every week up to 400 people, including schoolchildren, adults with learning difficulties and dementia patients, are benefitting from programmes at An Tobar Community Wellness Centre and Social Farm.

Opened just last year, the centre has now received […]

Celebrating Canada Day: The Hutchinson Family of Belfast & Canada

By |July 1st, 2019|

In August 2016, we launched a search to reunite families with portraits of their loved ones which had been painted by Tobias Everard Spence between 1940 and 1980. On Canadian Day we thought we should re-share a previous story of  a tremendous journey for one family from Canada in their quest to find out information […]

Happy Canada Day!

By |July 1st, 2019|

John Delaney was a 17 year old resident in the Belfast Poor House when he was offered the opportunity of travelling to Canada with Thomas Alexander Stewart as an apprentice to learn how to farm.

T.A. Stewart was the son of Belfast Charitable Society founder, William Stewart, and lived with his family at Wilmont, Drumbeg. T.A. Stewart […]

First Heritage Site to Gain 15 White Badge Guides in Belfast

By |June 27th, 2019|

THE tourism industry in Northern Ireland is set to get a boost as 15 White Badge accredited tour guides graduated at Clifton House for the Belfast Charitable Society on Wednesday 26th June, 2019.

The Belfast Charitable Society has been named as the first heritage site in Northern Ireland to receive this prestigious qualification and enables them […]

Day of the Seafarer

By |June 26th, 2019|

June 25th is ‘Day of the Seafarer’ and we thought it was appropriate to look at some of our connections to those who made their livelihoods on the open sea. Belfast in the 18th and 19th centuries was a thriving port. Ships docked from across the globe bringing everything from rum and sugar, to wool […]