May 1832

Cholera In Belfast

Cholera came to Belfast in 1832 and was rampant through the poverty stricken streets of the town.  It killed over 3000 people, with about 500 buried in Clifton Street Cemetery.  The Cholera Pit was opened to enable the bodied to be buried faster.

June 1782

Dr Drennan & The Small Pox Vaccination

Dr William Drennan was a physician, a poet and a revolutionary.  .  He was a gifted doctor, introducing a smallpox inoculation programme into the Poor House in 1782.  It was 1798 before Edward Jenner published his paper on vaccines and innoculations.  Dr Drennan was a literary man and a prolific poet.  It is said that […]