PRESIDENT Michael D. Higgins said it best in his Gaeilge letter of congratulations to the Andersonstown News on reaching the half-century milestone: newspapers are the cornerstone of our democracy and vital building blocks of community.
FIFTY years is a long time to measure change in any society and that’s especially true in a society like ours which underwent massive upheaval and turmoil in that time. It would be hard to find any sector of society in West Belfast which is the same as it was in 1972 and that is especially the case for education.
This column by Fr Des Wilson first appeared on 8 February 1992 after eight Catholics had been murdered in attacks across Belfast including at the Sinn Féin Centre in Sevastopol Street and in the Sean Graham bookmakers.
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FROM the foundations of the first urban Gaeltacht on the Shaws Road and the establishment of the first bunscoil in the North in 1971, many West Belfast names and faces come to mind when we reflect on the campaign for the Irish language revival.
You’ll find plenty to celebrate in this half-century supplement championing not only this great community paper, but the community that it served. It’s a half-century journey of triumph over adversity in so many areas of life.
FÉILE an Phobail was formed in 1988, following the harrowing events of March that year when the killing of corporals Derek Wood and David Howes – at the funeral of IRA Volunteer Caoimhín Mac Brádaigh – led to West Belfast being branded a “terrorist community”.
AS the Andersonstown News marks its 50th anniversary, another West Belfast institution which has been literally on the go even longer is the Black Taxi Association. Started in 1971, black taxis have been a mainstay on the roads for over 50 years, servicing the Falls, Glen Road, Lagmore, Twinbrook, Poleglass and Ardoyne in North Belfast to name but a few.
Bhí seisiún ag Scoil Gheimhridh Uí Chadhain, a d’eagraigh Glór na Móna an deireadh seachtaine seo caite, ar an Ghaeilge agus díchoilíniú. In 1986 scríobh an t-údar Céiniach Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o gurb é an buama cultúrtha’ an t-arm is cumhachtaí atá ag an choilíneoir le meanma aon phobal a sheasann an fód ina aghaidh a bhriseadh (Decolonising the Mind: the Politics of Language in African Literature).
FIFTY years ago, a group of dedicated individuals came together to create a platform for the voices of the Andersonstown community. And for the past half century, we have been committed to bringing you the latest news, analysis, and opinions from the heart of West Belfast.
IN my memory, the streets of West Belfast were pretty grim in the autumn and winter of 1972. Smoke from bonfires and barricades, as well as the innumerable, ever-burning coal fires, filled your nose and lungs, permeated your clothes and limited your vision on those grey days that rarely saw the gloom lift even during the short daylight hours.