CBD

James Connolly Visitor
Centre Opens in Belfast

President and Mrs. Higgins at the opening of the James Connolly Visitor Centre.

By Maggie Holland, Assistant Editor
May / June 2019

At a ceremony on Friday, April 19, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins officially opened Áras Uí Chonghaile, the new James Connolly Visitor Centre, providing a new space for discovery, education, study, work, meeting, and socializing on the Falls Road in West Belfast, only yards from where Connolly lived. Connolly, a labor leader, was executed for his part in the 1916 Rising. A James Connolly pageant parade assembled in Conway Mill, processed down Falls Road and arrived at the Visitor Centre, where Higgins then delivered a speech.

Included in the parade were hundreds of Trade Unionists from across Ireland, Britain, and the United States, proudly carrying their union banners. It also featured a brass band, historical period speeches, and women and girls dressed in mill worker costumes.

General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress Frances O’Grady, Mayor of Belfast Deirdre Hargey, and Terry O’Sullivan, the general president of LIUNA, gave speeches. Frances Black and Terry O’Neill gave musical performances.  ♦

Leave a Reply




Share



More Articles

hibernia famine diary
Famine Commemorations Around the World

The drive to commemorate the Great Famine and the global legacy of Irish immigration is swelling to massive...

More

hibernia famine diary
Boston Irish Fight Today’s Famines

After building a $1 million memorial park last year to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine,...

More

Hibernia People

Il Papa Meets Il Bono “Holy Father, this is Mr. Bono — he’s a pop singer.” With these words the...

More

Mathew Crowley
Celebrates his 107th Birthday

On Friday, May 7th in anticipation of his 107th birthday on May 12, 2021 Mathew Crowley received a special gift from...

More