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Local Historian and Former Linen Hall Governor Honoured with Library Plaque

The Library has placed a brass plaque in the Irish & Local Studies department on the 4th floor in recognition of local historian and ex-Governor, the late Fred Heatley.

Mr. Heatley was a Governor of the Linen Hall from 1983 – 1989, a period which covered some very turbulent years including imminent closure in the early 80s and the celebration of its bi-centenary in 1988.

He also made history as one of the founders of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA). A self-educated man, he was a noted local historian.

A large number of books and pamphlets from Mr Heatley’s personal collection were kindly donated to the Library including many rare titles and items of local interest previously not available in the Linen Hall.

Staff were delighted to welcome the Heatley family when they visited recently to view the plaque in memory of their relative.

Bronagh Hughes, Fred Heatley’s daughter, said: “It is very fitting that these books have come here to the Linen Hall. The Library meant a huge amount to him. We are delighted that the library has taken his books and we hope they are useful to have in the archives.”

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