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Black Mountain community website launched

The view of Belfast Lough from the summit of Black Mountain. Picture by Mal McCann
Marie Louise McConville

A new website has been launched which aims to help make the Black Mountain "accessible and available to the community again".

The online archive is part of an environmental project called Athmhúscailt an Fhathaigh (Re-Awakening the Giant), which has been engaging more than 150 young people from the Upper Springfield area of west Belfast and further afield.

The website www.ansliabhdubh.com contains a treasure trove of digitally-archived material and memorabilia including photographs, videos, audio recordings, maps and documents related to the mountain overlooking the city.

Included is material from the Terry Enright Community Archive and the Belfast Hills Partnership Archive.

The project, which was organised by Irish-medium youth and community organisation Glór na Móna, also launched the documentary An Fathach (The Giant) about Black Mountain, which will be available at the website.

Project coordinator Conchuir Mac Siacais said: "The project aimed to bring into focus the potentially lost heritage of the Belfast hills, in the form of local and natural history, social history, folklore, songs, stories, wildlife and the environmental community activism that has taken place on the hills.

"This was simply the next step in a journey that began over 30 years ago with local environmental activists standing up for their community, and overcoming adversity against all the odds.

"We hope we have provided a clear example of the calibre of the work that is possible when young people engage with their local heritage. Glór na Móna view this as only the beginning of our engagement with our greatest local asset, the Black Mountain.

"Our long-term vision is to expand on this project by developing a more comprehensive and meticulous archive that reconnects local people to their native place."

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