Thomas McCabe: Horologist, Abolitionist & Radical

Thomas McCabe: Horologist, Abolitionist & Radical

St Malachy’s College, Antrim Road, is among the oldest Catholic Diocesan Colleges in Ireland and was first opened to pupils in 1833. The school stands on a plot of land formerly occupied by the ‘Vicinage’. This building ‘consisted of a two-storied, slated house at the...
Belfast Orange Hall: ‘the metropolis of Orangeism’

Belfast Orange Hall: ‘the metropolis of Orangeism’

Engraving of Clifton Street Orange Hall, Belfast News-Letter. This side-elevation view was soon obscured by the Carlisle Memorial Church Hall, now the Indian Community Centre, built in 1888. A familiar feature of the streetscape around Clifton Street is the Belfast...
Quaker Meeting House: Peace, Tolerance and the Troubles

Quaker Meeting House: Peace, Tolerance and the Troubles

The Religious Society of Friends, or Quakerism, was founded by George Fox in the 1640s. The first recorded Quaker meeting in Ireland was held in 1654 at the home of William Edmundson in Lurgan, Co. Armagh. Edmundson, a former Cromwell soldier, soon ventured northwards...
‘Clifton Ville’: North Belfast’s first suburb

‘Clifton Ville’: North Belfast’s first suburb

The large ‘villa’ houses on the lower end of the Cliftonville Road represent North Belfast’s first suburban development. Built from the early 1830s on what was then the northern periphery of Belfast, Cliftonville was designed for affluent middle-class occupiers. Urban...