#Great Place North Belfast
Great Place North Belfast is a project of the North Belfast Heritage Cluster. It uses the unique built heritage and authentic character to deliver and support regeneration in this part of north Belfast. Working with fifteen heritage organisations the project features their historic buildings and sites stretching for one mile along Donegall Street, Clifton Street, the Crumlin Road and part of the Antrim Road.
North Belfast Heritage Cluster Members
The North Belfast Heritage Cluster aims to deliver heritage led regeneration through making use of the area’s authentic character to support economic and social development.
Redeemer Central / Donegall Street Congregational Church
St Patrick’s Church & Parochial House
Frederick Street Quaker Meeting House
Belfast Charitable Society - Clifton House
Belfast Charitable Society: Clifton Street Cemetery
Belfast in the 1890s was an industrious, self-confident city in the throes of economic expansion. Belfast’s staple trades – flax spinning and shipbuilding – had brought much wealth to the city’s merchants and businessmen, and regular (albeit low paid) employment for a growing working-class population drawn from across rural Ulster. Belfast’s economic transformation was […]
Thursday 4th November 2021 marks the beginning of Diwali, the five-day festival of lights, which is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains all over the world. Diwali celebrates the Hindu New Year, the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. Find out more HERE!
Today, most Quakers celebrate Christmas with as much enthusiasm as any other Christians. However, it was not always so. Early Quakers aimed for simplicity and did not mark festivities. READ ON to find out more!
Advent marks the beginning of the lead up to Christmas and lasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day. It is a time of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus and the second coming of Christ in judgement at the end of time. Find out more HERE!
Christmas in the Georgian period was an extravagant occasion, lasting from St Nicholas’s Day (6th December) to Twelfth Night (6th January). Find out more HERE!
Hanukkah (or Chanukah) is an eight-day religious festival celebrated by those of Jewish faith. Discover more about the history and traditions of Hanukkah in Belfast HERE!
Betty McElnea, who is originally from Newry, moved to Belfast whenever she was 18. Betty is part of the 1500 strong Quaker community in Ireland, joining in her early adult life.
Ian Whoriskey was born in April 1945, and baptised at St Patricks a few days later. He has attended the Church ever since, and is now a Sacristan, with a responsibility for opening the church and helping with mass, weddings and funerals.
Adrian is Head of PE at St Malachys and one of the basketball coaches. He also has a big family connection to the school, as he, his Father and Grandfather are all past pupils too.
Aaron is the Archive and Heritage Development Officer for Clifton House Heritage Centre. He has been working within Clifton House since 2016. His role is to go out and give talks and tours and inform people of the shared history of Clifton House and Clifton Street Cemetery.
Stephen is currently the District Secretary of No 3 District, however has just finished his role as District Master of Belfast Orange Hall. He first came into the building at the age of 7 when he joined the Junior division.
Father Eugene O’Neill both works and lives in the Presbytery. He has been a living at this former Bishop’s Palace for the past four years.
Dr Satyavir Singhal, who is a consultant in the Royal Hospital, is also Chairman of the Indian Community Centre and is keen to see the listed building used for festivals and events for the whole community.
Ronnie Lawrenson first came to St Anne’s as a parishioner in 1958. He is one of the Vergers at the Cathedral, helping to show people around and telling them some of the history.
Pauline Campbell, Director of Dunlewey Addiction Services, worked within the listed 36 Cliftonville Road from 1997 until it was destroyed by fire in 2003. She still has the original sign which was salvaged at the time.
Janice is the Centre Manager for the Lower Oldpark Community Association, known as LOCA. For many years she was a Youth Worker in Carnegie Oldpark Library, before it closed in 2010.
Eddie Conville first came to the church as a child. He was married in the church, and for the over 50 years had various roles including Rector’s Church Warden and Vestry Member. This interview was recorded in 2019. Eddie sadly passed away in 2020 and we thank his family for granting us permission to use […]
Pastor David Armstrong is the Team Leader at the church, and has been leading the church community at Redeemer since 2012. In addition to their busy Sunday services, David helps to run a programme of events to ensure the Church is utilized in different ways.
Strategic Partners: Volunteer Now; Prince’s Trust. Volunteers are vital for all of the Cluster members. Coordinating volunteers, though, takes time and effort, and members of the Cluster have lots of different capacities for doing this. This project aims to create a bank of volunteers who can share their skills across all of the members, with a […]
Strategic Partners: Department of Communities and Department of Infrastructure, Academy of Urbanism, Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA), Ministerial Advisory Group on Architecture and the Built Environment, Royal Town Planning Institute. The physical regeneration of north Belfast has been a part of our discussion since the start of the Cluster. We know that making an area […]