is a project mapping a series of house moves growing up in east Belfast, from birth to leaving Belfast to work in England, we moved house 10 times. Each move was just 1 mile or under to the next house.
Each house has its own memories and parallel reality of Belfast during ‘The Troubles’.
1962 – 1967 Northern Ireland, The Great Freeze. N.I Council for Civil Liberties set up. ******** St, Belfast. We watch a thunderstorm out the window. My dad returns home, we all freeze, its my first memory of fear.
1967 – 1969 Northern Ireland. Riots follow civil liberties march in Derry. British army deployed. ***** Park, Belfast. Rows at home, increasing domestic violence.
1969 – 1976 Northern Ireland UVF bomb the Rose and Crown bar on the Ormeau Road. Bloody Sunday, Derry. Sunningdale Agreement. **** Drive, Belfast. We move again quickly but not far. Frequent rows, violence within the home. I stop believing in Jesus.
1976 – 1978 Northern Ireland. N.I Constitution is dissolved, direct rule from London. The Community for Peace People win the Nobel Prize. Ian Paisley launches the ‘Save Ulster from Sodomy’ campaign! ********* Parade, Belfast. The house with a view of an entry but a safe haven. We move in as soon as my mother gets the key to view, she hadn’t actually bought it yet.
1978 – 1981 Northern Ireland. IRA bomb La Mon hotel killing 12 people. National Trust buys Crown Bar. Shankill Road Butchers sentenced to life. ******* Road, Belfast. The three younger ones all live here now in our teens, its a party house, mum remarried and living out of town.
1981 – 1983 Northern Ireland. Political tensions high. Bobby Sands on hunger strike, elected member of parliament, dies 1981. ******* Street, Belfast. I bought a little terrace house here before they knocked them all down to build this enclosed court. It cost £1800, my mortgage payments were cheaper than renting.
1992 – 1993 Northern Ireland. Anglo Irish Agreement 1985. further clashes between Orangemen and Nationalists. *********** Street, Belfast. A rough area but I stayed here on my return from London. Woken one night by neighbour being attacked, I called the police twice they took half an hour to come up the road and later said it was drugs related.
1993 Northern Ireland. Shankill Road bombings, 10 killed including IRA bomber. *********** Road, Belfast. My brothers house, I stayed here a while to get away from the previous mad house.
1993-1994 Northern Ireland Loughlinisland massacre, 6 killed by UVF. 1994 IRA Ceasefire. ****** Ave, Belfast. My mother gets small house back in Belfast, just in case..
1995 – 1999 Northern Ireland. Omaha bombing, 29 killed by the ‘Real’ IRA. Good Friday Agreement 10th April 1998. ***** ********* Road, Belfast. I managed to buy a very run down house for very little. A good creative space where I lived for several years before moving back to England.