Nick Hannon's childhood was spent among the caves
and paths around the Cavehill in North Belfast. The range
of small hills which form a natural backdrop to the northwest
of Belfast are a massive adventure playground for children
of all ages.
Nick left Northern Ireland in 1987 as a young chemist, bound
for England and the corporate lifestyle working for a multi-national
He was asked to continue his work..but in Switzerland. He
settled in small town called Prangins on the north bank of
Lake Geneva, married a Swiss girl and they now have two Swiss
After exploring the foothills and various small ports and
towns around the lake, he was struck by the similarity in
geography between his native Cavehill and his new Swiss home.
Nick contacted YP&M online in response to the many emails
talking about the Cavehill and mentioned his thoughts that
the surroundings of his old home back in Belfast and the area
near his new one in Switzerland were similar :
Nick Hannon - June '06
"I grew up running around Cavehill, Bellevue Zoo and
Belfast Castle, and have many great memories, for me anyway.
I live in Switzerland now on the bank of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva).
On a dark evening I can convince myself I am home on the Cavehill,
with Geneva to the right of me as Belfast, the big lake on
the left as the sea, and Evian across the way as the lights
of Bangor & Holywood! "
Could Belfast and Geneva really be compared ? We filmed Nick
around the Cavehill and went to Switzerland to see if his
claim held up. Click below to watch :
on Lake Geneva
Lee - Apr '07
Dear Nick, I too have memories of Cave Hill. I remember
12th July I think it was 1980, I was 15 and with your younger
brother Timmy. We had been going out together for months and
on this day we decided to go for a walk from your Mum &
Dad's house on the Whitewell Road up to the Cave Hill. Well,
while we were walking up the path to the Cave Hill a riot
began between Tiger's Bay & Bawnmore , Timmy grabbed me
and we ended up hiding down the side of the path behind bushes
while these skinheads ran past us and then a white goat appeared
from nowhere, it was so funny but we were so scared. I hope
this has not caused you any pain or discomfort and if you
remember who I am send me an Email, I now live in Melbourne,
I loved him, always did and still do.
Bernie Seyburn ex DLI - Mar '07
I was stationed at Palace Barracks in 1944 and often looked
over the Loch to the other shore and remember also a monument
on an adjacent hill.
On the rare occaisions we got some time off and usually on
a saturday afternoon we would climb cave hill to look over
the sea to ease our home sickness, I was at the Barracks for
six months without a leave and had to make Belfast my second
The hollywood community were very good to the soldiers and
they often invited us to their homes and I will never forget
Yuo will remember the date of 1944 prior to D .Day and Belfast
was one of the jumping off ports prior to landing in France,
The Amercan troops were in great numbers in Belfast and a
lot of their boys were to be sacrificed and I am sure alot
of them remember the outline of Cave Hill
Cliff Phillips - Feb '07
Hello, Nick Hannon!I am Cliff Phillips and you used to live
in my house at Ambergate! Please contact me as I am receiving
important mail for you!