Revolutionaries and Reformers: The 1798 Rebellion and the Belfast Charitable Society

BELFAST’s first charitable organisation, the Belfast Charitable Society is set to celebrate Easter by walking in the footsteps of the reformers and revolutionaries, as they host a series of unique tours which will tell the story of the famous 1798 Rebellion in Antrim and how the society emerged from it.

Once considered a ‘hotbed of radical activity’ in the 1790s, Belfast Charitable Society members were seen as the new emerging middle-class in Belfast, taking their influences from the French Revolution and the American War of Independence. During a time, when there was an ongoing attempt to achieve equality and freedom for all, it was against this backdrop, the ill-fated 1798 Rebellion began.

Paula Reynolds of the Belfast Charitable Society comments, “The Belfast Charitable Society has a rich history and it is with tours such as this that give the public a unique opportunity to learn about our ancestors and how the society fits into that story.

“We hope everyone will come along and enjoy listening to our knowledgeable tour guides talk about what was a poignant time in history.”

Listen to the story of the 18th century radicals and reformers including Joys, McCrackens, McCabe and Cunningham and visit Clifton House Cemetery, which is the home of so many United Irishmen’s graves. Tours will begin at Clifton House from Monday 2nd April to Friday 6th April at 3pm daily, tickets cost £8.

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