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Mary Ann McCracken book re-launched almost 60 years after first published

Professor Marianne Elliot pictured last night at the launch of The Life and Times of Mary Ann McCracken at Clifton House in north Belfast. Picture by Hugh Russell

AN updated version of a book about a "remarkable woman" who gave a "voice to the voiceless" has been launched almost 60 years after it was first published.

The Life and Times of Mary Ann McCracken – A Belfast Panorama by Mary McNeill was released in 1960.

In the approach to the social reformer's birthday this year, the Belfast Charitable Society prepared an updated version.

A central figure in Belfast's history, Ms McCracken helped establish the Society of the United Irishmen and worked tirelessly for the poor, children, women, workers and slaves.

Paula Reynolds, chief executive of Belfast Charitable Society, described her an "abolitionist, social reformer and activist who fought for the rights of women and championed Belfast's poor throughout a long life that encompassed the most turbulent years of Irish history".

The updated book was launched last night at Clifton House in north Belfast and heard from Irish historian Professor Marianne Elliot.

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