Belfast City Cemetery

Author: Tom Hartley
Publisher: Blackstaff Press
ISBN: 9780856409240
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Within the stone walls of Belfast City Cemetery lie those men and women who helped shape the city. From Catholic and Protestant to Muslim and Jew, from the great and the good to the poor and the destitute, each grave has its own tale to tell. In this new edition of his acclaimed publication, Tom Hartley uses the cemetery to examine key events in Belfast's history as well as the political and social life of the city and the careers of the many writers, artists, entertainers, and sportsmen who have helped to enhance the city's international reputation over the years.

Milltown Cemetery

Author: Tom Hartley
Publisher: Blackstaff Press
ISBN: 9780856409257
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In the heart of Belfast City lies Milltown Cemetery - a graveyard that has serviced the Catholic population of the city for almost 150 years. Within its grounds lies a wealth of fascinating individuals - from actors and artists to political activists. Home Rulers, nationalists, republicans, and British Army soldiers all lie at peace together. Historian Tom Hartley takes the reader on a journey through Milltown Cemetery, examining the lives of the people buried there and, through them, tells the complex story of the city of Belfast.

Talking Stones

Author: Elisabetta Viggiani
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1782384081
Format: PDF
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If memory was simply about past events, public authorities would never put their ever-shrinking budgets at its service. Rather, memory is actually about the present moment, as Pierre Nora puts it: "Through the past, we venerate above all ourselves." This book examines how collective memory and material culture are used to support present political and ideological needs in contemporary society. Using the memorialization of the Troubles in contemporary Northern Ireland as a case study, this book investigates how non-state, often proscribed, organizations have filled a societal vacuum in the creation of public memorials. In particular, these groups have sifted through the past to propose "official" collective narratives of national identification, historical legitimation, and moral justifications for violence.

Two Acres of Irish History

Author: Eamon Phoenix
Publisher: Ulster Historical Foundation
ISBN: 9780901905970
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Friar’s Bush is Belfast’s oldest Christian Site. The quality of ancient mystery surrounding this old walled graveyard at Stranmillis has long fascinated historians. There is a tradition of a link with St. Patrick and strong evidence of a medieval friary on the site; it also served as a ‘penal refuge’ for the local Catholic community up to 1769. Indeed, in its manifold historical associations and monuments, Friar’s Bush reflects the landmarks in local, Ulster and Irish history throughout the ages – frm the ‘Penal Era’ to the Irish Volunteers, from the Catholic Emancipation to the Great Famine and fromt he growth of Belfast to the First World War. This book has been designed specifically to meet the requirements of the ‘Local Study’ component of the Northern Ireland History Curriculum at Key Stage 3. It traces the exciting story of Friar’s Bush and Belfast from the rich store of evidence available—artifacts, maps, letters, newspaper reports, ballads, and even paintings. A major focus is the transition from ‘Penal Era’ to ‘Golden Age’ in Belfast as symbolised by the opening of Old St Mary’s in 1784.

Ulster and the City of Belfast

Author: Richard Hayward
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1909906271
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Richard Hayward made a massive contribution to the cultural life of Ireland. He promoted and acted with the Ulster Literary Theatre and worked with Tyrone Guthrie as one of the first artists in broadcasting. He did much to revive the interest in Irish songs, anticipating the great revival in traditional ballads and airs of the 1960s and 70s. His films included 'The Voice of Ireland', 'The Luck of the Irish'and a cameo appearance in 'The Quiet Man'. His travel writings embrace the whole of Ireland and remain relevant today. This is apparent in his interest in local history and archaeology and also his enthusiasm and respect for the Irish language, place names, folklore and dialects. None of this he found incompatible with his interest in Orangeism and his membership of the Orange order, thus placing him in the long tradition of Irishmen who could love and respect their county, without denigrating the traditions of others.

The Victoria Crosses that Saved an Empire

Author: Brian Best
Publisher: Frontline Books
ISBN: 1473857074
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The Indian Mutiny struck at the very heart of the British Empire. If India was lost the whole edifice of British domination across its colonies was in jeopardy. Everything was at stake, Britain’s leading role in the word, its international commerce and the reputation of its armed forces. Across the globe Britain ruled only through the compliance of the subordinate nations – but if India could throw off the imperialist yolk others might also rebel. The very fate of the Empire hung in the balance. The situation was considered to be so serious that the British authorities extended the warrant of the newly-created Victoria Cross to include anyone, even civil servants, who performed prodigious acts of valour to save India, and save the Empire. A total 182 VCs were awarded during the Mutiny, the same number as in the whole of the Second World War, climaxing in one day at Lucknow when twenty-four men displayed extraordinary valour to raise the siege – the most VCs ever won in a single day. This is the story of those few months between May 1857 and June 1858 when the world turned its gaze upon the jewel in Victoria’s crown and 182 men – soldier, sailor and civilian – wrote their names into the history books.