Waiting for the Number 12
Noel Connor was born and raised in Andersonstown and as a child he would have travelled into and out of town on the number 12 trolley bus. Trolley buses were finally withdrawn from service on the 12th May 1968. For this project he has tracked down and worked directly with the actual bus which made that very last journey along the Falls Road, passing Broadway Presbyterian Church, now Cultúrlann. Using film, poetry and photography, Noel explores why the number 12 from Castle Street to Casement Park features so conspicuously in his memory, examining how events on and around it capture a transition from innocence into the realities of late 1960’s Belfast. The complicated web of power lines and cables which once connected these trolley bus routes across the city also caught his imagination, recognizing not only their curious beauty, but their symbolic significance as lost lines of connection and communication.
Further information on Noel Connor and his work to date can be found on his website, www.noelconnor.com