A Loving Look At Belfast (Part 1)

A Loving Look At Belfast (Part 1)

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Alliance Avenue, Ardoyne, Belfast, Belfast City Centre, Belfast City Hall, Belfast Hills, Belfast Peace Lines, Belfast Royal Academy, Belfast Telegraph Building, Belfast Telegraph Office, Cardigan Drive, Cave Hill, Cave Hill Country Park, Cavehill, City Centre, City Hall, Cliftonville F.C., Cliftonville Rd, Cliftonville Road, Donegall Square, Dublin, Farset River, Leopold Street, North Belfast, River Farset, Royal Avenue, Shankill Graveyard, Solitude, Squire's Hill, Waterworks




07 January 1991 (transmission)


24min 09sec







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An affectionate and intimate portrait of Belfast, written and presented by Douglas Gageby. Gageby, who was Editor of The Irish Times for over two decades (1963 to 1986), was one of the most celebrated Irish newspaper figures of the twentieth century. Although he lived much of his life in Dublin, Gageby had strong and enduring links to Belfast. He was educated at the Belfast Royal Academy, whilst his father, Thomas, was a Belfast-born civil servant. His paternal grandfather, Robert Gageby, had stood as a Labour parliamentary candidate in Belfast North in 1910, and was a Belfast City Councillor for 20 years.

In this programme, Gageby examines his conflicting emotions about the city, "Belfast is a great place and - at the same time - a bloody awful place!" and visits various Belfast landmarks, paying his respect to them, "to the city and to my grandfather". He visits former family homes on Leopold Street and Alliance Avenue. The latter had been converted into a playscheme on the Ardoyne peace line. Gageby visits the City Hall and old Shankill Graveyard, and explores the Farset River where he used to play. He also visits, and meets pupils from, his old school, Belfast Royal Academy, before joining a Christian Brothers’ School field geography trip on the Flush River in the Belfast Hills. 

Gageby shares anecdotes regarding his grandfather and Sir Robert Baird (proprietor of the Belfast Telegraph) and Alexander Foster, former Headmaster of Belfast Royal Academy.


Good shots of Belfast city centre and of various streets and public buildings, including Central Library, Belfast City Hall, Donegall

Square, Shankill Graveyard, Belfast Royal Academical.

Gageby shares anecdotes regarding his grandfather and Sir Robert Baird (proprietor of the Belfast Telegraph)


Brian Rock, Alliance-Ardoyne Playscheme

William Baird, Retired Senior Civil Servant and Singing Teacher

James McLister, Teacher, Christian Brothers’ School, Belfast



From the UTV Archive / Courtesy of ITV

An Ulster Television production

Producer / Director: Janthia Duncan

Executive Producer: Andrew Crockart

Presented by Douglas Gageby

Editor: Jim McGurk

Cameras: Blane Scott, Sam Christie, David Scott

Sound Recordists: P.J. McGirr, Jim McGirr

Stills Photography: Ken McNally

Contributors: William Baird, James McLister.



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