Group marks International Women’s Day

Etta Mann and Kathleen Morrison of Newtownabbey Branch, North of Ireland Family History Society, pictured with Paula Reynolds (centre), Chief Executive, Clifton House Belfast.
Etta Mann and Kathleen Morrison of Newtownabbey Branch, North of Ireland Family History Society, pictured with Paula Reynolds (centre), Chief Executive, Clifton House Belfast.

Newtownabbey Branch, North of Ireland Family History Society will next meet on March 12 in Glengormley High School.

The meeting will commence at 7pm in the Drama Theatre at the Ballyclare Road school.

The talk this month is “A Belfast Story” by Sharon Dickson. Light refreshments will be available. Visitors and new members are very welcome.

Meanwhile, local members marked International Women’s Day with a talk about social reformer, Mary Ann McCracken at their last meeting.

Paula Reynolds, Chief Executive, Clifton House Belfast gave an informative and entertaining talk at the society’s meeting.

She spoke about Clifton House / Belfast’s Poor House and the life of Mary Ann McCracken (1770-1866) who in many respects was a woman ahead of her time, interested in issues such as poverty and slavery.

She worked tirelessly to improve the education and conditions of many orphans, giving them a better future.