Belfast Telegraph man Alf McCreary's book goes behind the headlines
The stories behind half a century of headlines have been revealed in a new book by one of Northern Ireland's longest-serving journalists.
Finaghy flyers who perished in war honoured in memorial service
t's going to be a poignant evening service at Lowe Memorial Presbyterian Church on Sunday, November 17 (7pm), when the Rev James Burnett and his kirk session set out to research the lives and honour the memory of five young RAF flyers from the congregation who were killed during the Second World War.
Former Enkalon employees spinning yarns at golden reunion
Reminiscing over afternoon tea, three friends realised that the 50th anniversary of the day Princess Beatrix of Holland officially opened the British Enkalon factory in Antrim was just round the corner.
Fate of Belfast pub's elephant remains a mystery
I wonder if the schoolboy newspaper-seller standing in the doorway of the lamented Elephant bar can help solve one of Belfast's intriguing mysteries: whatever happened to Nellie the elephant, who vanished from her perch above the mantel sometime in the 1990s just before the long-closed pub was demolished?
Old school pictures: Seamus Heaney, Kate Middleton, Gerry Adams, Liam Neeson, Eamon Holmes ...
Old school pictures: Kate Middleton lines up with gun-slinging Gerry Adams, Liam Neeson, Eamon Holmes and Alex Higgins
Kate Middleton, aka Baroness Carrickfergus, Duchess of Cambridge and new mum, joins the impressive line-up in the Belfast Telegraph's gallery of Old School Pictures
Even the death and destruction of the Blitz and the Troubles couldn’t break Belfast’s spirit
Leo Wilson was 18 when the German Luftwaffe bombed Belfast on April 15, 1941. He had been at a dance in the Ulster Hall where a friendly fire warden allowed him onto the roof to view the devastation being inflicted across the city.
The Industrial Revolution transformed Belfast, making it Ireland’s biggest city – and it all began with the port.
When King James I granted a Charter of Incorporation to Belfast on April 27 1613, he elevated the town to the status of a corporate borough. There was a clause in this Charter which also gave permission for the establishment of a new quay through which “all and singular merchants, as well inhabitants as foreigners, and all other our liege subjects whatsoever” should be allowed to import and export “all kinds of merchandise or other things.”
Belfast had harmonious beginnings but its history has been blighted by sectarian strife.
Mary Anne Tynan had a fondness for gooseberries and it nearly cost the 16-year-old girl her life. On a fine Saturday morning she popped down to McIlhone’s shop in the Pound to buy a half-penny worth of the fruit and was eating them in the street when she saw a man creeping along some waste ground on the opposite side of the road.
A town is born; Four hundred years ago Belfast officially became a town and so began an unlikely success story
Belfast’s history as a modern town begins on 27 April 1613. A royal charter, issued in the name of James I, transformed what had been a collection of dwellings by a river crossing into a legal entity governed by a corporation of 13 men, headed by a sovereign, writes SJ Connolly
Belfast Reflections: One last reunion waltz for ballrooms of romance
The Plaza and the Orpheus in their heyday were Belfast’s two most popular ballrooms.
Belfast Reflections: Iconic figures we’re proud to call our own
The 110th birthdate of James Johnston, the Singing Butcher of Sandy Row who took Covent Garden by storm one day and the next was back behind his counter serving prime steak to Belfast housewives, comes up this summer.
Belfast Reflections: Glitter ball that graced the old floral hall
All that glitters is not gold — so the celebrated glitter ball that once hung and revolved from the ceiling of the old Floral Hall Ballroom at Hazelwood is vital to the Belfast story.
Belfast Reflections: History put in its place
Remember the famous old Smithfield Market where you could turn back the clock and find books you thought were long out of print? Or pick up an album of some flute band only you had heard of. Or a gospel singer dedicated to his cause, never mind the quality of his voice, in Billy McBurney’s original Premier Record Shop?
Belfast Reflections: Belfast... My kinda town
It was four in the morning when the ringing of the telephone woke Alex Quinn from his slumber and a sobbing voice pleaded: “I’m so homesick, please, please sing Belfast to me. I need to hear that song so much.”
Harding Memorial Primary School celebrates 100 years
It all began.... due to a local need for a larger Church and school Canon Harding approached Lord Arthur Hill about a plot of ground on the Cregagh Road.
In Pictures: Belfast at 400
It's been an eventful 400 years – tumultuous and industrious in equal measure.
From a tiny acorn our city has grown into modern giant
Four hundred years ago this week, on April 27, 1613, a charter in the name of James I created the modern town of Belfast.
Belfast's fascinating story revealed in our brilliant supplements
Special souvenir supplements marking the 400th anniversary of the granting of Belfast’s first charter will be free with your Belfast Telegraph every weekday from Monday.
Top 10 Xmas gifts for teens new
Northern Ireland Wags
In Pictures: Chamber of Commerce President’s Banquet
Prouvost wins Turner Prize
Laure Prouvost named winner in Derry
Victoria's Secret opens first shop on island of Ireland
Help babies like little Joe
Help save lives of babies around the world
Christmas lights in Belfast
Lights on and market opens in city
Northern Ireland Nightlife
Pubs, clubs and parties
PlayStation PS4 v Xbox One
Comparing Sony and Microsoft's latest consoles
Jaw-dropping animal snaps
Animals snapped in Belfast Zoo contest
Northern Ireland news photos
Photographs from Belfast, Northern Ireland
It's underground and it is cricket new
The world's first underground cricket match has taken place in a slate mine under a mountain.
'Cloud of suspicion' over station new
A judge has been accused of placing a cloud of suspicion over all gardai who worked in a border station when two RUC officers were murdered by the IRA.
Funding increase from Westminster new
The amount the Northern Ireland Executive receives from Westminster to fund public services will increase by £136 million over the next two years.
Manchester United still in Premier League title race, say Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho new
Despite falling 12 points off the Premier League leaders after defeat to Everton, Manchester United have been backed by both Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho to mount a title challenge in the months to come after neither would rule out the reigning champions.
Blues boosted by Welsh stars new
Cardiff Blues have been strengthened by the return of British and Irish Lions Leigh Halfpenny and Alex Cuthbert as they seek to reignite their Heineken Cup dream against Glasgow.
Kellock set for 50th Cup appearance new
Glasgow skipper Al Kellock will make his 50th Heineken Cup appearance against Cardiff Blues at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday night.
Anton and Erin waltz Pensioners new
Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag have surprised the Chelsea Pensioners with a performance and a chance to dance with them at The Dairy Council's Christmas event.
Lea Michele: Family are my rock new
Lea Michele has told how her parents have helped her cope following the death of Cory Monteith.
Ellis-Bextor: I want to take risks new
Sophie Ellis-Bextor has said she decided to do Strictly Come Dancing because she wanted to "shake things up a bit".