The assassination of King George V, Belfast, 22nd June, 1921

Today, 22nd June 2021 is the centenary of King George V of England opening the northern parliament in Belfast, one of the occasions taken to mark the beginning of partition. This particular centenary and Anglo-Irish relations may have been significantly different, though, as on 22nd June 1921 the IRA, or at least Belfast IRA members,Continue reading “The assassination of King George V, Belfast, 22nd June, 1921”

The prehistory of James Connolly

One of the most fascinating figures involved in the 1916 rebellion in Ireland is James Connolly. Born in Edinburgh of Irish parents, Connolly was hugely influential as a socialist commentator, writer and practitioner, both in Ireland and further afield. Ironically, or perhaps paradoxically, despite his significance Connolly’s early life and formative influences are largely unknownContinue reading “The prehistory of James Connolly”

Unmarked graves on Peters Hill

This is a quick revisit to a previous post on undocumented burials around Belfast. A while ago I’d looked at reports of human remains uncovered at two locations coinciding with an apparent cemetery and a ‘death pit’ marked on a 1696 map of Belfast. So technically, they aren’t undocumented, but they are forgotten and overlooked.Continue reading “Unmarked graves on Peters Hill”

Royal Avenue: the far-famed valley of dry bones

Royal Avenue is another street in Belfast that most people walk along without realising that underneath their feet are human remains. So if you’re superstitious or squeamish it’s probably best not to read on. Sorry. At the same time, you might also not have heard that the same street lies on the former town defencesContinue reading “Royal Avenue: the far-famed valley of dry bones”

A lost 1798 burial ground in Belfast

“At this disastrous period, when death and desolation are around us, and the late enthusiasm of the public mind seems sinking into despair, when human sacrifices are become so frequent as scarcely to excite emotion, it would be a folly to expect that the fate of a single individual should excite any interest beyond hisContinue reading “A lost 1798 burial ground in Belfast”

Lost Lives 1923-1969 (draft)

Between the end of the Irish Civil War on 1st May 1923 and the upsurge in conflict from 1st August 1969, some 279 deaths occurred relating to the political conflict over sovereignty in Ireland. This post is a brief introduction to the map showing the locations of those fatalities. The deaths identified to date suggestContinue reading “Lost Lives 1923-1969 (draft)”