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Revised biography of Mary Ann McCracken launched ahead of 250th Anniversary

By |September 19th, 2019|

Distinguished and respected Irish historian, Professor Marianne Elliott, officially launched a new version of ‘The Life and Times of Mary Ann McCracken – A Belfast Panorama’ at Clifton House this week.

The book, first published by its author, Mary McNeill in 1960, has been republished as part of a number of events to celebrate Mary Ann […]

On This Day 1800: …a threat to the ‘very existence of the institution’.

By |September 19th, 2019|

The Poor House was requisitioned by the military during the 1798 Rebellion and for time afterwards. The Committee were forced to meet in the Exchange Building and other premises during this period. In March 1799 a letter was received from the Inspector General of Barracks.
Belfast 4th Mar: 1799

Gentlemen,
I hereby give notice that the
Poor House occupied […]

Funding Boost For Arts-Based Social Enterprise

By |September 19th, 2019|

A unique social enterprise in Derry is offering art and wellbeing programmes for people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities in order to enable them to develop holistically and to provide them with essential job skills. Each week over 200 people are benefitting from day opportunities and multisensory programmes at Artspace.
Artspace opened in April 2012 […]

Clifton House Autumn Lecture Series: Explorations in Modern Irish History 1919-1969

By |September 16th, 2019|

Our ever popular lecture series returns this November! Belfast Charitable Society, in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, are hosting Explorations in Modern Ireland History (1919-1969), a lecture series which will chart Irish history from the outbreak of the Irish War of Independence through to 1969. Taking in topics as diverse as […]

On This Day 1830: Mary Ann McCracken & the Poor House Nursery School

By |September 11th, 2019|

The Ladies Committee of the Poor House was set up in 1827, following a visit from Elizabeth Fry who inspired the women of the town to become actively involved with Belfast’s various institutions and charities. The initial minutes record that the ladies “beg most earnestly to assure… , that there shall be no interference […]

Celebrating 267 years of Philanthropy in Belfast

By |August 28th, 2019|

At the George, 28th August 1752
The evening of Friday 28th August 1752 was cool in Belfast. After closing up their businesses and homes, a group of nineteen merchants, burgesses (councillors) and a vicar, made their way to the George Inn at the corner of North Street and John Street (now Royal Avenue). It was there […]

On This Day 1818: Grand Duke Michael of Russia Visit to the Poor House

By |August 22nd, 2019|

On 22 August 1818 the Poor House had a rather unusual visitor. Grand Duke Michael of Russia was given a tour of the institution and must have been impressed by what he saw as he made a donation to support its work. His name was subsequently added to one of our donation boards which hung […]

BBC filming in Clifton Street Cemetery

By |August 15th, 2019|

Today, Paula Reynolds, Belfast Charitable Society CEO, joined Dan Gordon to film a segment in Clifton Street Cemetery for a BBC documentary on the cemeteries of Belfast and their Ulster Scots connections. Dan interviewed Paula, focusing on the work of the Charitable Society both past and present through one of our most famous members, the […]

On This Day 1919: Peace Day Celebrations & Belfast Charitable Institution

By |August 11th, 2019|

On 11 August 1919 the Orderly reported that the residents of the Old People’s Home thoroughly enjoyed the Peace Day Celebrations held earlier in the week. The parade started at Victoria Barracks, behind Clifton House, and made it’s way down Clifton Street into the city centre.

Newspapers reported that 36 000 ex-service men paraded in Belfast that […]

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

By |August 10th, 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 […]