Spirits rising in 2016

Spirits rising in 2016

December 27, 2015 Blog 0 Comments

The famed Irish poet Gearóid Mac Lochlainn (with baseball hat) was just one of the members of this impromptu band entertaining guests at Mona and Louis McConnell’s Christmas lunch in Ekenhead Hall, North Belfast. 

Wishing  all newbelfast.com readers a rebellious, rambunctious and resoundingly happy New Year.
And if your spirits flag at any point in the coming year, take heart from the selfless heroes of Belfast (pictured here) who spent their Christmas serving others.
Go raibh bliain úr mhaith agaibh uilig.
I admire a man who enjoys a cigar after dinner: Billy prepares to light up in the company of the great Mona McConnell — who coordinated her annual Operation Santa from her sick bed — and Eileen of Age NI.
I admire a man who enjoys a cigar after dinner: Billy prepares to light up in the company of the great Mona McConnell — who coordinated her annual Operation Santa from her sick bed — and Eileen of Age NI.
Bar Service: The staff of Aether and Echo in Belfast city centre decamped to the Welcome Centre for the Homeless in West Belfast to cook Christmas dinner for 100 souls.
Bar Service: The staff of Aether and Echo in Belfast city centre decamped to the Welcome Centre for the Homeless in West Belfast to cook Christmas dinner for 100 souls.
Cooking up a seasonal storm in the kitchen of Common Grounds Café, an initiative of the City Church in South Belfast.
Cooking up a seasonal storm in the kitchen of Common Grounds Café, an initiative of the City Church in South Belfast.
Nollaig Chridhéil: Gaelic-speaking Scottish native Rosemary joins Buddhist chaplain to the lord mayor Frank Liddy and Rosy at the Depaul Stella Maris hostel
Nollaig Chridhéil: Gaelic-speaking Scottish native Rosemary joins Buddhist chaplain to the lord mayor Frank Liddy and Rosy at the Depaul Stella Maris hostel
Turkey trot: Aidan and Maggie take a break from prepping the big bird in the kitchens of the Stella Maris Hostel in the docks area of Belfast.
Turkey trot: Aidan and Maggie take a break from prepping the big bird in the kitchens of the Stella Maris Hostel in the docks area of Belfast.



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Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir is the Sinn Féin MLA for South Belfast, a publisher, entrepreneur and civic leader.