Role of women recognised with Belfast City Hall window tribute

Lord Mayor Arder Carson, along with councillors Deirdre Hargey and Aileen Graham, unveils a new stained glass window at city hall, celebrating the contribution of women to the city of Belfast
Lord Mayor Arder Carson, along with councillors Deirdre Hargey and Aileen Graham, unveils a new stained glass window at city hall, celebrating the contribution of women to the city of Belfast

Belfast women who have contributed to the city’s culture, industry and society have been honoured with a new stained glass window at the city hall.

The art work featuring female mill workers – described as “signifying the struggles women have faced throughout history” – was unveiled on Thursday night ahead of International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8.

The window will be one of the highlights of a newly created tour of city hall artefacts which focuses on the historic role of women in Belfast.

Lord Mayor Arder Carson said the unveiling was timely and an inspiration “to everyone fighting inequality”.

Mr Carson said: “I want to thank everyone involved in this project – the artist, Theresa Coyle, historian, Margaret Ward, our Women’s Steering Group and all those who worked with them to produce this lovely work of art.”

DUP councillor Aileen Graham, deputy chair of the steering group, said the successful design presented by Alpha Stained-Glass had really impressed the selection team.

“We felt it was the one that not only reflected the significant contribution that women have made to our city in the past but also depicts ongoing challenges,” she said.

“I am sure that the window will inspire many women of all ages from different areas, cities and countries.

“As a result of our work for International Women’s Day we have also been able to create a new and free tour of city hall which will concentrate on how women have contributed to the city’s development,” she added.