Northern Ireland

Lost Belfast photos: The hunt for the family behind a host of memories

Old wedding pictures; women in fancy hats and fur tippets; a solemn girl in a frilled First Communion frock; old letters including a job offer with The Northern Whig newspaper; memory cards.

Image caption A member of the photographic society suggests this photo was taken in South Africa because of the car's number plate
Image caption Does anyone recognise this team?
Image caption Does anyone recognise this bridal party?

Belfast man Eddie McNally is on a mission to reunite a treasure trove of memories with the family who lost them.

Image caption In the garden: enjoying the fresh air

"My son-in-law was working on renovating a house in the Finaghy area of Belfast when he came across a large brown envelope," he said.

"Out tumbled old photos and letters.

"They were clearly cherished by their owner.

Image caption Working in the garden
Image caption A family snap in the garden
Image caption In style: posing for the camera
Image caption Looking dapper: but who is he?
Image caption A trio pose for the camera

"There are very personal letters written after someone died; some of them are very old."

Doing a little detective work, Eddie worked out that there was clearly a Glen Road, west Belfast connection.

A picture of a bride appears to have a back-drop of St Teresa's Church and a club looks like the Roddy McCorley Gaelic Athletic Association.

The names O'Neill and McAlinden crop up.

Image caption One for the album

There is also reference to a family on Belfast's Shankill Road.

In all, there were about 150 old photographs.

Eddie, a member of North and West Belfast Historical Photographic Society has posted the pictures on the society's Facebook page, in the hope that someone out there will recognise faces and find the family behind the cherished memories.

Image caption If you want to get ahead; get a hat!

Steve Reid, a fellow member of the photographic society, tweeted the pictures and got a great response.

Image caption On the bonnet: a family snap

"There are some fabulous photographs of days out and vintage cars," he said.

Image caption A first communion photograph from yesteryear

"There are pictures dating back to the 1930s of Dundrod grand prix. It would be nice to return them to their owner."

Image caption Out for a walk and dressed for the occasion