27 episodes

Described in one review as a 'Belfast Tardis', Historical Belfast is Belfast's one and only history podcast on the airwaves. Hosted by historian Jason Burke, it provides an accessible and entertaining insight into the fascinating history of Northern Ireland's capital city, once proclaimed as 'the Athens of the North'. For more Historical Belfast content, including walking tours and the Historical Belfast blog, visit: www.historicalbelfast.com

Historical Belfast Jason Burke

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Described in one review as a 'Belfast Tardis', Historical Belfast is Belfast's one and only history podcast on the airwaves. Hosted by historian Jason Burke, it provides an accessible and entertaining insight into the fascinating history of Northern Ireland's capital city, once proclaimed as 'the Athens of the North'. For more Historical Belfast content, including walking tours and the Historical Belfast blog, visit: www.historicalbelfast.com

    Belfast's Jewish Heritage

    Belfast's Jewish Heritage

    You would be forgiven for being completely unaware of the rich Jewish heritage that exists in Belfast. Despite being a relatively small community today (less than 100 and still declining…) the Jews of Belfast have left an indelible mark on the history of our city.    

    For Episode 27 of the Historical Belfast Podcast I’ve been speaking to Steven Jaffe, Director of the Jewish Heritage Project.

    Link for Jewish Heritage Project: https://www.belfastjewishheritage.org/ 

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    • 30 min
    Slip It To Joe (Bambrick)

    Slip It To Joe (Bambrick)

    “Head, heel or toe – slip it to Joe” – the words which are associated with Joe Bambrick, Irish football idol and Donegall Road man.

    When Ireland beat Wales 7-0 at Celtic Park in Belfast, on 1 February 1930, the man of the moment and the name on everyone’s lips was Belfast-born centre-forward Joe Bambrick. That’s because, unbelievably, ‘slip it to Joe’ had scored 6 of the 7 goals, a double hat-trick — an unprecedented achievement which has never been equalled by any other British international footballer in the 92 years since.

    Arguably the greatest Irish centre-forward of all time Bambrick achieved legendary status at Linfield FC, though he also turned out for Chelsea and Walsall.

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    • 17 min
    The Crozier's Return

    The Crozier's Return

    For this episode of the Historical Belfast Podcast I visited St. Matthew’s Parish Church, consecrated 150 years ago on 11 March 1872. I chatted with Sam Guthrie (Queen’s University Belfast) who has been busy working on an exhibition about the social history of St. Matthew’s and the surrounding community of the Shankill.

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    • 26 min
    Plaques of Sandy Row

    Plaques of Sandy Row

    Welcome to Episode 24 of the Historical Belfast Podcast – the first episode of 2022 but also the last in the Sandy Row mini series which has been an absolute pleasure to make.
    I’ve decided to come to Sandy Row for the final episode and take a walk along the road we’ve been exploring over the last few months. The focus will be on the historical plaques that I encounter along the way – so, come and take a walk with me and see what I have found…

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    • 19 min
    Sandy Row in the City Cemetery

    Sandy Row in the City Cemetery

    For this episode of the Historical Belfast Podcast I’ve decided to take a walk around Belfast City Cemetery on the Falls Road, a remarkable burial ground that, when inspected more closely, offers its own insight into Belfast’s complex and multi-layered history. However, I’m going to avoid providing a history of the cemetery on this occasion, because I think that deserves an episode of its own later down the line. So instead, as part of the Sandy Row mini series (which only has one episode left after this one), I’ve had a look for some Sandy Row related graves in the cemetery…
     Come and take a walk with me and see what I’ve found…

    PS. If you'd be interested in joining me for a walking tour of the cemetery please get in touch: info@historicalbelfast.com

    • 20 min
    The Boyne Bridge

    The Boyne Bridge

    In July 2021 it was reported that a 17th century bridge had been discovered by archaeologists in Belfast, encased within its 20th century reconstructed successor.
    According to local folklore, the Saltwater Bridge – which crossed Belfast’s Blackstaff River close to where it enters the arterial River Lagan – was on the route taken by King William III and his forces on their journey to the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. You’ll have heard in the previous episode about Sandy Row Orange Hall of King William’s connection to the Sandy Row area. Indeed, there is a connection to King James II too as he is also thought to have retreated across the bridge in the wake of his defeat at the Boyne.
    As part of an archaeological survey, a series of cores were taken from the modern bridge. These confirmed that remains of the older bridge had been fully encapsulated by the later structure. 

    The Boyne Bridge was initially intended to be a transport solution for Belfast, but ironically it’s a future is in doubt as a result of a new transport solution for Belfast. In 2017, Belfast City Council voted in favour of a new £208m Translink ‘transport hub’ which will lead to the bridge’s demolition. A spokeswoman for the Department of Infrastructure (who approved the project in 2019) said earlier this year: “The department can confirm that the Boyne Bridge is due to be removed during the development of the Belfast Transport Hub”. As part of the stringent planning conditions for the Belfast Transport Hub (BTH), the older remains of the bridge will be preserved in situ within the final development, but the 1936 structure will be lost.
    However, some local residents are opposed to the plan and have called for the bridge to be retained, refurbished and incorporated into the plans.
    Billy Dickson is one of them. He has been leading a campaign to save the historic Boyne Bridge and I’ve been speaking to him about it. 

    • 28 min

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