Thursday 31st July 2014
Féile opens officially today and RFJ is busy.
We were delighted to be invited and attend the launch of the Andersonstown News Féile coverage at Teach Basil yesterday evening. As always Máirtín O Muilleoir’s vision to enhance and develop our community’s own vision of itself and to the world was infectious and we saw the Féile brochure that is in this week’s Andersonstown News rolling off the presses – a sight to behold! We also met the new Mayor of Belfast Cllr Nichola Mallon who showed great interest in the work of RFJ and has already invited us to the City Hall to discuss our work. And we were delighted to meet newly elected Cllr Sarah Holland, elected to Sth Dublin County Council but as she is from around the corner to our Belfast office it was lovely to meet her in her new capacity.
Right now the Remembering Quilt is being erected in the West Belfast Taxi Association Depot at Castle Street. We were delighted to be invited to erect it there – there is nowhere more fitting with the history of the Black Taxi Association and the heavy price they paid during our conflict while delivering a service in the darkest days. And of course now it is fitting as we see the numbers of citizens of West Belfast bustling in and out of the depot every day and of course the visitors for the Féile using the Black Taxis.
The Quilt will be on display until Friday next, 8th August until lunchtime when it will be taken down to go to Greencastle for the 20th anniversary of the killing of Kathleen O’Hagan.
Today at 3pm the film by ESPN “Ceasefire Massacre” about the Loughinisland massacre will be shown in St Mary’s on the Falls Road. This is a free event and all are welcome. There will be a discussion after the film with Trevor Birney from Finepoint Films, Niall Murphy from KRW Law, Mark Thompson Director of RFJ and Claire Rogan whose husband Adrian was killed that night.
Féile Blog 28th July 2014
Today we get going for Féile an Phobail – West Belfast’s Festival of the People.
We will fill this blog with upcoming events and little snapshots of our staff and volunteers that make RFJ what it is.
Our first big discussion event will be to mark the 20th anniversary of the killings in Loughinisland in June 1994
This Thursday 31st July at 3.30pm in St Mary’s College