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Seafarers Awareness Day 2017

By |June 24th, 2017|

Captain John McCracken, father of Henry Joy and Mary Ann McCracken, was a seafarer by trade. It was said that the Belfast skyline of those days was broken only by the spire of the Poor House, the cupola of St Anne’s Church, the Market House belfry and when Captain McCracken’s ship was in port her […]

World Music Day

By |June 21st, 2017|

Music and the Poor House may not be an obvious connection, however, it played an important role in both the funding and the education offered within the House.  In order to secure funds for the running of the House various dramatic and musical performances were held both in the Board Room of the Poor House […]

Summer Tours At Clifton House

By |June 7th, 2017|

We launched our tours at Clifton House in August 2016 and since then we have been delighted with the response.  With the summer season almost upon us, we have decided to launch a daily tour of Clifton House during July and August.  Tours will run Monday – Friday at 3.00pm.

Built back in 1774, the House […]

OTD 1798 – The Rebellion Began

By |June 6th, 2017|

The Poor House opened in 1774 in a Belfast which was trying to assert itself on the world map.  The emerging middle-classes in the town were working hard to open trade routes and develop markets, but they felt politically neglected and hampered by the laws of the day.   Presbyterians suffered under the Penal Laws […]

Philanthropy Fortnight In Focus – Heritage & Philanthropy

By |May 18th, 2017|

 

The Belfast Charitable Society in conjunction with the Heritage Project at Queen’s University came together to deliver the Heritage & Philanthropy event as part of Philanthropy Fortnight.  Due to ongoing building work at Clifton House and in a bid to showcase some of the wonderful heritage venues in North Belfast we decided to hold our […]

Philanthropy Fortnight In Focus – Banks In Belfast

By |May 17th, 2017|

When the Belfast Charitable Society was founded in 1752, there were no public banks in Belfast. The money for the construction of the Poor House was raised through a lottery scheme, and so some other form of security for the money was required. The Society procured an iron chest from Holland, fitted with three locks, […]

Philanthropy Fortnight In Focus – Arts & The Poor House

By |May 16th, 2017|

The Belfast Charitable Society, and in particular the Ladies Committee, believed in education for life as well as work. The ladies, including Mary Ann McCracken, were determined to see that the children in their care should lack none of the benefits provided for children elsewhere. In education, the Poor House devoted a lot of energy […]

Philanthropy Fortnight In Focus – Barbour Fund Presentations

By |May 15th, 2017|

Barbour Funds Trips To Training

Clifton Care Home played host to a celebration to mark the achievements of a very diverse range of people today. Linked by the fact their good works had all been funded through the Barbour Fund they were a very mixed bag of folk who hailed from either North Belfast or Lisburn.

The […]

Philanthropy Fortnight In Focus – Belfast Charitable Society and Giving NI

By |May 12th, 2017|

Since our foundation in 1752, the Belfast Charitable Society has continued to benefit the people of Belfast by supporting various charities and philanthropic causes. Today, the Society regularly considers how best it can utilise its limited resources and currently has committed its funds across a number of areas. One of these areas is our work […]

Philanthropy Fortnight In Focus – Community & The Origins of Philanthropy in Belfast

By |May 11th, 2017|

Over the mantle in the Board Room of Clifton House sits the ‘Poores Board’- it is the only tangible evidence for the relief of distress in Belfast prior to the foundation of the Belfast Charitable Society. The ornate top reads:

GEORGE McCARTNEY Esq

Sovereign of the Borough of Belfast and High Sheriff

of the County of Antrim A.D. […]