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Father Desmond Wilson

Community development in W. Belfast

Father Wilson grew up in the mixed community Ormeau Road area in south Belfast. “Belfast, to us, was an amazing place. When I was growing up I was very fortunate, I was able to go to Saint Malachys Grammar School a...

Ballymurphy – The People’s Co-ops

The story of Ballymurphy Enterprises

Like many cities in Britain, Belfast suffered industrial decline in the 1960s.  High unemployment rates were the norm for many of the housing estates in west Belfast. “Official statistics in Ballymurphy had 37% of ...

Noelle Ryan

A life in community education

Noelle spent six years working in a Liverpool convent before being released. “I know there were some of people who felt, maybe fearful of me in ways, I’ve a fairly strong personality. I suppose it wasn’t my permanent ...

Conway Mill: The Realisation of a Dream

Regeneration in West Belfast.

After many years of overcoming hurdles and struggling to raise funds, the £5m Conway Mill restoration was finally launched at a gala gathering. The Mill is aimed at promoting social/economic regeneration, job creat...

The Way I See It: Father Des Wilson

The Way I See It: Father Des Wilson in conversation with Bernadette McAliskey West Belfast community activist Father Des Wilson sits down with veteran civil rights campaigner Bernadette McAliskey as part of the lau...