Never the Same

Artist Sinéad O’Neill-Nicholl will be talking about her new project, Never the Same, during Imagine! Belfast Festival.

Never the Same is a project that Sinéad is developing with the families of those who were killed and injured in the McGurk’s Bar bombing of 4th December 1971.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the atrocity, the local artist is recording the family members’ personal memories around grief and loss, providing a space for each person’s experiences.

Never the Same is also an innovative, site-specific project which utilizes modern technology to produce a GPS-activated audio installation.

For example, visitors to the McGurk’s Bar memorial in North Queen Street can use a simple application on their phone to listen to the recorded conversations of the families discussing their experiences of the terrible night and its aftermath. GPS will activate each recording whilst they are there at the site of the explosion.

The focus of the conversations addresses the subjects of loss and grief as well as the intergenerational impact of the McGurk’s Bar massacre which claimed the lives of 15 civilians including 2 children. Another 16 civilians were badly injured.


You can listen to the artist discussing her project online.

Time: 2pm

Date: 22nd March 2021

Further Info: Imagine! Belfast Festival

Victims and survivors of McGurk’s Bar who wish to participate in this important project can email Ciarán and we can arrange a Zoom meeting with the artist.




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