Monthly Archives: July 2021


Mary Ann McCracken (1770-1866): Faithful Until Death


On this day in 1866 the people of Belfast learnt of the death of Mary Ann McCracken. She had lived through some of the most turbulent years of Irish history including the 1798 rebellion, the Great Famine and the Industrial Revolution. Passing away aged 96, Mary Ann lived into a period where photography was becoming popular. We have one photograph of her but this image of an older lady masks the strong willed and determined character that she possessed throughout her life. Mary Ann never married, or had any children of her own. However, after the execution of her brother Henry [...]

Mary Ann McCracken (1770-1866): Faithful Until Death2021-07-26T12:58:20+00:00

The execution of Henry Joy McCracken through the eyes of his sister, Mary Ann


On this day 1798 Henry Joy McCracken was executed for his role as commander of the County Antrim forces of the United Irishmen. After the United Irish defeat in Antrim in June of 1798, Henry Joy fled to the Belfast Hills, whilst Mary Ann arranged his escape to America. However, he was seized on the way to the ship and tried by court martial. During his trial Harry, as he was affectionately known by his family, was given the option to save his life and go into exile if he informed on the other leaders. He refused and was subsequently hanged [...]

The execution of Henry Joy McCracken through the eyes of his sister, Mary Ann2021-07-15T12:11:48+00:00

Job Opportunity: Foundation Manager


The James Kane Foundation are looking for a Foundation Manager to assist the Trustees in developing the strategy, structures, processes and relationships to ensure that it meets its aims. James Kane, the owner of JM Kane Precision Engineering Limited, bequeathed his shareholding to a charitable foundation - ‘The James Kane Foundation’. Set up in 2016, its key purpose is to advance education for people living in the Portadown area and across Northern Ireland. This is to be achieved through the provision of grants to enable access to training and skills to develop learning and improve employment prospects. The Foundation has a board of [...]

Job Opportunity: Foundation Manager2021-07-08T22:07:34+00:00

The General Dispensary: Belfast’s First Chemist


On this day, 3 July 1792 a number of Belfast Charitable Society, the medical profession and members of the general public sought to expand medical provision in the town of Belfast. A plan for a General Dispensary for the 'labourers and artists' of Belfast reduced to poverty through by sickness 'who face speedy ruin' was put forward, and passed. The Belfast Charitable Society provided a venue for the General Dispensary in the Poor House. It gave medicine out to the labouring classes as well as supplying the Poor House in return for the use of the premises. The medical professionals involved [...]

The General Dispensary: Belfast’s First Chemist2021-07-08T09:53:36+00:00
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