He has been involved in journalism for over four decades and has penned columns for both that the Andersonstown News and the former daily Irish language newspaper Lá.
He is the author of several books in Irish and English including ‘Ceap Cuddles’ and ‘Belfast’s Dome of Delight’.
He has served in politics for Sinn Féin both in Belfast City Council and in the power-sharing Executive at Stormont.
As co-founder of events company Aisling Events, he has hosted a range of transatlantic conferences including the Big Irish Campfire, the New York-New Belfast Conference and the Belfast International Homecoming.
He is the proud recipient of a Honorary Doctorate from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, USA.
This summer, we had the uplifting visit to West Belfast of Willard Carlson (below, right, with Gerry Adams and film-maker Kevin McKiernan), an elder of the Yurok Tribe of Northern California who had fought at the Wounded Knee siege in 1973.
Tá amhras ann anois an gceapfar choíche Coimisinéir Teanga ó thuaidh. Tá mise den bharúil go gceapfar ach an t-amscála, sin scéal eile.
As he tucks into the mountainous 'healthy fry' at the Conway Mill, veteran English radical John Mitchinson pauses between bites to shares his views on issues which have taxed the best of the West for generations: Who decides who gets published? Who decides what gets published?
Four first-class Irish language projects across Belfast are in the running for this year's prestigious Aisling Irish Language Award - which will be presented at the gala presentation in the Europa Hotel on 24 November.
Tá an gearrliosta foilsithe do Ghradam na Gaeilge ag Gradaim na hAisling - a thionólfar in Óstán an Europa ar 24 Samhain.
Budding actors from Brassneck Youth are set to make their big-screen debut tomorrow night (Thursday 19 October) at a special promo for the forthcoming Belfast Film Festival premiere.
If there's a spring in Greg McQuaid’s step as he gathers the latest band of day-trippers for his renowned San Francisco walking tour it's probably because steps are his bread and butter.
Ó am go chéile, castar ort guth úrnua a thugann ort suí suas go díreach is aird a thabhairt air.
Above all else, legendary San Francisco lawyer Jim Brosnhan is a scrapper.
There's nothing West Belfast actor Philip Rafferty likes more than a good brawl — providing no one gets hurt.
IT once stood watch over Andytown from its perch above the Andersonstown Leisure Centre but now the famed 'A' sign — thought lost when the ALC was demolished — has reemerged; 6,000 miles to the west of West Belfast.
THE Gaelic bards of old divided their craft into three fields of endeavour: the geantraí, goltraí, and suantraí – broadly equivocal to songs of joy, songs of tears and lullabies. But even they didn't have the courage — or, as some might say, brass neck — to combine all three in one fantastical creation.
It's all hands on deck on the Lower Ormeau this week where preparations are in full swing for this Sunday's fourth annual Féile na hAbhann celebration.
The Irish American historian who has documented Frederick Douglass' links to Belfast says the unveiling today of a statute in honour of the escaped slave and abolitionist was a tribute to Belfast's tradition of promoting social justice.
The perfect encore to the fifth annual Belfast TradFest would be bringing the All-Ireland Fleá to the city in 2026.