Great Women: Elise Sandes

Great Women: Elise Sandes

Elise Sandes founded a welfare movement that still survives today. Born in Tralee, Co.Kerry in 1851, Sandes was no stranger to a soldier’s life despite growing up in an upper-middle-class background. At this time, it was common for regiments of British soldiers to be...
Great Women: Lady Edith Dixon

Great Women: Lady Edith Dixon

Lady Dixon is perhaps most recognised in Northern Ireland as one half of the namesake Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, yet few people are aware of the importance of the woman behind the name. Lady Edith Dixon should be recognised as an important philanthropist who...
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: Baroness May Blood

Great Women: Baroness May Blood

Baroness 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...
Great Women: The Sisters of Mercy

Great Women: The Sisters of Mercy

On Monday 16th January 1854, three nuns, Sisters M. Philomena Maguire, M. Ignatius Crolly and Mary Lister, along with their young student Kate Molloy, arrived in Belfast. The Sisters of Mercy were founded only 23 years previously by Catherine McAuley with a sum of...