Great Women: Anna Burns

Great Women: Anna Burns

Anna Burns is an award-winning author best known for her third novel Milkman, which was awarded the Man Booker prize in 2018: this marked the first time the award had a Northern Irish recipient. Born in North Belfast in 1962, Burns’ writing reflects her...
Great Women: Vivienne Scott MBE

Great Women: Vivienne Scott MBE

Vivienne Scott MBE (1904 – 96) was chosen by St Anne’s Cathedral as their submission for the Great Place: Great Women campaign due to her selfless charitable work. The following is taken from her Memorial Service Address, which was conducted by the Right...
Great Women: Molly McNeill

Great Women: Molly McNeill

Mary Ann McCracken is a name that is synonymous with Belfast, but her biographer, Mary McNeill, was an equally remarkable woman who shared many traits with her subject. Mary (Molly) Alice McNeill was born in Belfast on 21 August 1897. The eldest child of George Martin...
Great Women: Sarah Herzog

Great Women: Sarah Herzog

Sarah Herzog née Hillman was born in Riga, Latvia in 1899, to a distinguished rabbinical family.[1]  Her father was Rabbi Shmuel Isaac Hillman, a renowned Orthodox Jewish Talmudic scholar. The family moved to Glasgow in 1908 then London in 1914.[2]  In 1917,...
Great Women: Baroness May Blood

Great Women: Baroness May Blood

May Blood was born on 26th May 1938 to a working-class Belfast family and grew up in a “two-up, two-down” house in Roden Street, West Belfast. Her father worked in the shipyard and her mother was a cook in Mackie’s foundry on the Springfield Road. May attended the...