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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 […]

150th Anniversary of Belfast City Cemetery & it’s connection to Clifton House

By |August 7th, 2019|

Belfast has been served by a number of graveyards over the years- in the early days the main cemetery was that at the Corporation Church, the site now occupied by St George’s Church on High Street. Friar’s Bush and Shankill Burying Grounds also served as the final resting places of the citizens of Belfast and […]

The Bigger Family Picture: From 1798 to Partition

By |August 7th, 2019|

Clifton House were proud to be involved once again in the Féile this year, hosting a lecture on ‘The Bigger Family Picture: From 1798 to Partition’.

The talk was delivered by our Archive & Heritage Development Officer exploring some of the key figures in the Bigger lineage from David Bigger, Belfast Charitable Society member & United Irishman; to the […]

On This Day 1869: Belfast Charitable Society to erect street signs on their land

By |July 24th, 2019|

Ever wondered about the origin of some of the old tiled Belfast street signs? Well, at a meeting of the Belfast Corporation in July 1869, known today as Belfast City Council, it was resolved that the Belfast Charitable Society should affix signs to the streets on their land including Clifton Street, Regent Street & Duncairn Street. Over […]

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 […]