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Showing posts with label Publications. Show all posts

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Book Launch: 'Dark Days and Brighter Days for Northern Ireland Railways 1973-2013' by Edwin McMillan

New title from Newtownards-based Colourpoint Books launches tomorrow, Thursday 21 April at 12:30. To coincide with the 40th birthday of Central Station later this month, the launch will take place on the station's concourse. 

The launch will be attended by the publisher, the author, and Translink's Chief Operating Officer, Philip O’Neill, as well as other key staff. 


About the book
The railway system that makes up Northern Ireland Railways was formed in 1967 and remains open to this day despite threats of closure and the devastating effects of the ‘Troubles’. This new book records its history through the eyes of the author, an NIR employee for 40 years.

With interesting stories and much first-hand detail, this volume recounts the frequent dark days on this small network. On many occasions throughout the ‘Troubles’ there was disruption to train services; buildings and infrastructure were targeted; rolling stock destroyed; and passengers and staff were killed and injured. 

However, railway staff, including the author himself, had a determination to keep services running, many putting their lives at risk in the process.

On the brighter side, and through all adversity, Belfast Central Railway was re-opened; the Cross-Harbour Rail Link was constructed; railway routes and stations were re-opened; relaying of track continued; new stations were built; and new generations of trains were brought onto the railway.

Documented in detail, and featuring a comprehensive and unique timeline of incidents during the ‘Troubles’, this record of NIR is illustrated with many images from the author’s own personal collection.

This title is available to purchase now from www.colourpoint.co.uk, £18

Monday, 8 December 2014

New Magazine Celebrates Life and Creativity in Northern Ireland



Do you ever feel you want to read more empowering stories in a time of grim predictions for the future of our planet? For positive news in a world where fear sells papers, for slow journalism, for celebrating roots and for supporting sustainable and socially responsible lives, a new magazine is on its way. Freckle magazine is dedicating itself to celebrating the people, landscapes and livelihoods of Northern Ireland and beyond. 

It is about people who are carving out their own stories; a space to tell positive stories, to ask what actually gets people out of bed, and to document and delve into the spirit of our times. The first issue will have articles that explore Northern Ireland’s landscapes, our food system, the concept of belonging, boatmaking, cycling, music, architecture and more: stories of some the most creative and courageous people in Northern Ireland.

The team at Freckle want to make something beautiful for people to read, a print magazine that is part of the conversation asking how we can live sustainably and peacefully in Northern Ireland. And they are not alone. In just over two weeks they have raised over 80% of their crowdfunding campaign to print the first issue, due out in January 2015. 

Check out their Kickstarter page (with a two minute introduction video) and keep an eye on their website for more news in the future.

Website: www.frecklenorthernireland.org


Kickstarter video: www.kickstarter.com/projects/86475149/freckle

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Government Action for our Urban Environment


Today, we've published a paper we'll be sending to all the new MLAs. It argues that we need to:

- Protect our urban and rural assets
- Enhance the quality of our cities, towns and villages
- Improve the knowledge of our places
- Encourage ambition and raise expectations

If you'd like to read more, you can download it from the PLACE website: http://placeni.org/place_publications/43