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Gombeens at the Gate – Rising ideals

Date: Saturday 14th May

Time: 1.00 pm

Venue: An Culturlann

The latest work by Finbarr Bradley and co-author Jim Kennelly, to be launched by former Belfast Lord Mayor Mairtín Ó Muilleoir at An Cultúrlann at 1pm on Saturday, 14 May.

In this inspiring and timely book Bradley and Kennelly argue that a more fitting legacy of the Rising would replace today’s over-reliance on multinational companies with a more balanced economy anchored by globally competitive indigenous enterprises characterised by authenticity, meaning, excellence, integrity, sustainability and a distinctive sense of place.



Belfast Community Gospel choir Concert

Date: Friday 3rd June 2016

Time: 7.30 pm

Venue: Clonard Monastry Gardens

Youth initiatives invite you to a concert in the Clonard Monastery gardens with Belfast Community Gospel Choir. A multicultural and cross community group the BCGC are the only one of its kind. Regularly performing at concerts, charitable events corporate events as well as festivals.

Starting with opening act Roger Hamiltion followed by the Belfast Community Gospel Choir.

Doors open 7.30 pm show starts 8.15 pm



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1981 Hunger Strike Commemoration Weekend

Date: Thur 28th April – Sun 1st May 2016

Time: Varies 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Venue: Various (click here for details)

Thursday 28th April 7.30 pm The Devenish Complex The Untold Story. The National Hunger Strike Exhibition & Panel Discussion Friday 29th April 8.00pm – late Felons’ Club Five Years of Resistance 1976-81 From Protest & Hunger Strikes to Funerals Saturday 30th April 7.00pm Sally Garden Community Centre 1916 & Hunger Strike Exhibits + HUNGER The film with a panel discussion  Sunday 1st May 9.45am Divis Mountain carpark Bobby Sands walk over the Black Mountain 8.00pm. Andersonstown Social Club The 1916 & Hunger Strike Exhibitions The Bobby Sands Lecture


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“How Catholic was the Easter Rising”

Date: Tuesday 10th May 2016

Time: 7.30 pm

Venue: St Marys University College Lecture theatre 3

Professor Peter Finn, wishes to extend a warn invitation to join us for the Annual Le Chéile – Together Lecture. 

Owen Dudley Edwards is Reader in History at Edinburgh University, and a regular contributor and reviewer for radio, television and the press. His books include The Quest for Sherlock Holmes: A Biographical Study of Arthur Conan Doyle, Mind of an Activist: James Connolly and P.G Wodehouse: A Critical and Historical Study. Dudley Edwards, Honorary Fellow in American and Commonwealth History will deliver a lecture entitled, ‘How Catholic was the Easter Rising?’

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Out to Lunch with Féile an Phobail

Date: Monday 25 – Friday 29 April

Time: 12.30-1.30pm

Venue: An Chultúrlann, Falls Road

Monday: Belfast & 1916 The Belfast Connection to 1916, exploring some of the key characters and places synomonous with that period.  Tuesday: Winifred Carney Discussion on the intricacies of  Winifred and her contribution to this period. Wednesday: The Court Martial of James Connolly the legal ramifications of the court martial & execution of James Connolly. Thursday: The Cultural Revival  journey through the various aspects of the Irish Language movement and their contribution to this key historical period. Friday: Sean MacDiarmuda & the IRB in Belfast the reorganisation of the IRB in Belfast and the key role of Sean MacDiarmuda.

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‘Alice Milligan – a Girl of Genius’

Date: 30 Aibreáin/April 2016, 

Time: 8pm 

Venue: An Chultúrlann, Falls Road

Alice Milligan –  journalist, political activist, feminist, human rights campaigner, ‘Cultural Ambassador’, theatre pioneer, & icon of Ireland’s renaissance of the 19th Century. With a coterie of friends that included WB Yeats, Tomas MacDonagh, Arthur Griffith,  Maud Gonne, Roger Casement & James Connolly, her immense contribution achieved an extraordinary global reach.

‘The Arts Council is pleased to support this dynamic production from Aisling Ghéar which celebrates the life of an iconic figure in Irish theatre history…’Arts Council NI


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‘Glórtha Ciotacha/Awkward Voices’

Date: 21st & 22nd May 2016

Time: Various(full details here)

Venue: St Marys University CollegeCultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich,

The Awkward Voices Terry Enright Activist Weekend aims to provide an inclusive and democratic space for activists across a wide-range of struggles to explore and debate the most challenging issues facing them at present.  The seminar will include workshops on  a wide range of issues. Plus a keynote lecture by veteran human rights campaigner Bernadette McAliskey.

NVTV’s new documentary on the story of the Terry Enright Foundation,‘Two People, One Story’ will be premiered followed by craic agus ceol in Cultúrlann. You can take part here



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Date: Every Day

Time: Sun-Thur 9am–9pm & Fri-Sat 9am–10pm

Venue: 26 West Bar & Grill

26 West is a grill bar offering modern food with an Irish American twist. From loaded nachos to flame grilled barbecued ribs & old smokey burgers to fish & chips, traditional Irish breakfasts or straddle pancake stacks USA style and now with their Cinema Deal you can enjoy a meal & film. With breathtaking views of Black Mountain, you’ll not forget you are sitting in the heart of west Belfast, but with the feeling you are sitting in New York. Based on the Kennedy Centre’s first floor, adjacent to the Omniplex Cinema, 26 West is taking Belfast is perfect for any occasion.



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Study in Belfast With BILA Summer 2016

This Summer study in Belfast with Belfast International Language Academy  a newly established English Language Institution who’s aim is to provide excellent English courses for both adult and junior international students. At BILA, you will receive high-quality tuition, participate in fun activities and discover lots about Belfast. Their well-trained staff, including an always available student welfare officer, will ensure that your stay with is a very enjoyable one and that you learn lots of English.

Their professional and committed staff have many years of experience teaching EFL students, so you can be confident that you have made the right choice in choosing them. For further information contact BILA or 

Belfast International Language Academy, 91 Whiterock Road, Belfast, BT12 7PH


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Belfast 2016 Commemorative Events

Date: 2016

Time: Various

Venue: Belfast

The Centenary of 1916 and the Proclamation will be a period of huge significance for the people of Ireland and particularly for the city of Belfast. As well as linking in with events happening across the island of Ireland,  Belfast will play a significant role in marking this historical period with a series of national and local talks, lectures and discussions.  Particular focus will be given to those from Belfast who participated in the events leading to the Rising.

This special anniversary is a time to examine the ideals and principles of the proclamation and to remember those who died, and fought to bring freedom, equality and justice to all.  Full programme can be downloaded here.


Folktown Market @ Bank Square

Date: Every Thursday

Time: 11am – 4pm

Venue: Bank Square

The Folktown Market is a farmers & variety market with stalls selling locally grown fruit & vegetables & locally made foods also flowers, , cheese, coffee, hot food & local crafts. It gives priority to local homemade and or organic produce & products. Coffee & fruit vendors selling fairtrade produce are also given priority. They believe in the Earth Market concept & Slow Food movement. 

The market is in one of the most central spaces in Belfast, Bank Sq, surrounded by two of the oldest churches, Mourne Seafood Restaurant & traditional pubs, dating back to the 18th century, the square is steeped in character and heritage. Only a few yards from the main shopping streets, CastleCourt & car parks.

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Colin Glen Forest Park & Multisports + SKYTrek

Date: Every Day

Time: 9am – 5pm

Venue: Colin Glen Forest Park & SkyTrek

Colin Glen Forest Park is a beautiful wooded glen located in the west of Belfast City in the heart of the Belfast Hills. Visitors enjoy beautiful woodland walks, adventurous outdoor activities and superb leisure facilities with an unparalleled view over Belfast. Its activity centre has an ever increasing portfolio of Outdoor Activities ensuring there is something for everyone.

SKYTrek – is Ireland’s premier high & Low ropes activity centre including Climbing Wall & Challenges, Zip Lines etc. Colin Glen Multisports a unique sports complex with a fantastic 9 hole golf course, 16 bay floodlit Driving Range & golf lessons from PGA professional Peter Martin.



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