Glenalina Terrace, Falls Road

James and Nora Connolly

Glenalina Terrace on the Falls Road was home to the Connolly family after they settled in Belfast in 1911. Nora Connolly and her sister Ina became involved in labour and republican movements – they set up the Belfast branch of Cumann na mBan and joined Na Fianna Éireann.

Nora became a prominent republican activist. She smuggled arms, carried messages to the U.S. for the I.R.B. leadership and brought the deported Liam Mellows back to Ireland prior to the Easter Rising. During the Rising, she and Ina were sent back to Tyrone with a message from Patrick Pearse to assemble the Northern Division of the Irish Volunteers. After the Rising and their father James’s execution, the family left the Falls Road. Nora travelled to the U.S. and undertook a speaking tour about Irish nationalism. She remained active in the labour movement throughout her life, although she had a fractious relationship with the Irish Labour party.

Nora Connolly is commemorated on a number of murals around Belfast. The one pictured here is on Clondara Terrace on the Falls Road and is dedicated to Nora and her father.