Rathcoole Self Help Group

A new digital version of the previous book 'Goodbye Ballyhightown' is now available for a limited period. This version includes all 21 of the legendary Bahd News community newspaper produced and distributed by hand by the RSHG. A history of Rathcoole!

This is a digital version of the original project compiled by Roy Wallace which explored the history of the area known as ‘Ballyhightown’ later to acquire the infamous title Rathcoole. The book is a community document containing recollections of Rathcoole with input from various authors and many of the estate’s inhabitants at that time (1995).

The book was first published as a response to the dire lack of social amenities in Rathcoole whose inhabitants had suffered enormously under the weight of bureaucratic discrimination from local council and government departments since the building of the estate. The project helps document how local people struggled to address both the social issues and the negative media portrayal of a diverse and progressive thinking working class community.

The project attempts to weave historical and social narratives drawing upon personal and collective memory of experiences and events. The book also contains lots of photographs from the period related to the community in Rathcoole with many local characters and achievers acknowledged throughout the book.

This version contains all 21 of the legendary Bahd News, which was produced and distributed by the Rathcoole Self-Help Group who initiated and maintained a range of voluntary community projects for the benefit of the inhabitants. They also ran for election under ‘The All Night Party’ against all the Unionist and Nationalist politicians and nearly got elected! Read about it in this new version…

You can now access the 'Rathcoole at the Crossroad' video FREE on-line until 31st May 2104 by following this link:


Other works by video maker Roy Wallace are also available via the link including:

Big Time - Terri Hooley and Good Vibrations (the original project)

Planet Love 2000 - for all you ravers who want to know what you looked like at the Planet Love event in Nutts Corner 2000 heres your chance or see your ma/da/uncle/aunt in a trance!

Modern Angels - an exploration of the body art scene in Europe at the turn of the millenium

Under Siege - a look at the UDP during the peace process negotiations at Stormont and elections 1997

The Day the Country Died - a history of anarchopunk in the UK

Risen - a history of Amebix

Punk as ..... - featuring the legend Bill Guinny and many old Belfast punks!

Bloody Bloody Belgium - a history of the underground music scene just finished (May 2014)

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