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The Great Famine & The Poor House

By |July 10th, 2017|

The Great Famine of 1845 – 1851 had horrific consequences for Ireland and much has been written about the plight of victims. Looking through the archives of the Belfast Charitable Society, in many instances earlier famines of the 1810’s and 1820’s had a greater effect on the running of the Poor House as there […]

#OTD1770 The Birth Of Mary Ann McCracken

By |July 8th, 2017|

On this day 247 years ago, Mary Ann McCracken was born to Anne McCracken (Nee Joy) and Captain John McCracken. She was the sixth child born to the couple and it is widely accepted that she was born into a family rich with affection, enjoyment and fun. She was well educated at the […]

Market Day In Belfast

By |July 5th, 2017|

The Belfast Charitable Society had many roles and responsibilities in the town of Belfast in the early 18th Century. One of the functions they performed was checking the weights and measures on Market Day and generally ensuring the smooth running of transactions. If traders were found to be in any fraudulent in their […]

#OTD1793 New Public Dispensary For Belfast

By |July 3rd, 2017|

In April 1793, members of the Belfast Charitable Society had felt the need for a public dispensary in Belfast was great. They had submitted a notice to the Belfast Newsletter resolving to open the dispensary and called upon the “support and patronage of our fellow-Citizens.” It was agreed on 3rd July 1793 that […]

Event at Northern Ireland Hospice

By |June 29th, 2017|

The Honorary Secretary and  CEO of the Belfast Charitable Society,  Una Macauley and Paula Reynolds were delighted to attend a major donors event held at Northern Ireland Hospice this morning.  The event brought together many of the organisations and individuals who had contributed to the building, running and research work of the Northern Ireland Hospice.

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Education in the Poor House

By |June 27th, 2017|

As we come to the end of the academic year, it is the perfect time to look back on the children of the Poor House and education offered to them.

The first child was admitted to the Poor House in 1775 almost by accident.  Ann Curran entered the infirmary and stayed for five months.  She sought […]

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 […]