Lost Belfast photos: The hunt for the family behind a host of memories
- 1 September 2014
- From the section Northern Ireland
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.
Belfast man Eddie McNally is on a mission to reunite a treasure trove of memories with the family who lost them.
"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.
"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.
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.
Steve Reid, a fellow member of the photographic society, tweeted the pictures and got a great response.
"There are some fabulous photographs of days out and vintage cars," he said.
"There are pictures dating back to the 1930s of Dundrod grand prix. It would be nice to return them to their owner."