David Bellamy

David Bellamy, author, broadcaster, environment campaigner, botanist, and honoured visitor …. on the opening of the Wild Life Refuge, or Nature Park on the Nortel site.



David Bellamy arrived to open the wild life refuge at the back of the M4 plant. Here he is seen with Brian Wilson and some of the School children who worked on the creation of the refuge.
The wildlife refuge was a Monkstown Community school project run by 15/16 year olds including Pamela Wilson. Pamela is Ken Wilson’s daughter and Ken ran the print room and was the custodian of these photographs before me.
Ken and I supported teams from the same football city but had an active competition for many years on who would place higher in the league….. I did win more than lost…..but somehow i still always felt I had lost.


In 1998 Nortel won the ‘Environmental Excellence Award for Business’.

From the Nortel press release.

In presenting the prestigious award to Nortel Networks Bert McMaw, (Senior Manager Site Services, Jimmy McIlwain, (Chairman of NI2000’s Project Committee) said “In 1998 NI2000 extended the scope of its Environmental Excellence Awards to include businesses which have demonstrated excellence in their commitment to imptoving or protecting the environment, by involving employees and local community schools and organisations in schemes such as Nortel Park”

“The park development groups under the direction of Nortel Network’s Wilsey Kernohan, (Environmental, Health and Safety Manager) are to be congratulated in the large range of diverse fauna and flora to be found in the small 2 acre site.”

“The Park is truly unique among the many entrants we have so far examined in that it is the natural home of a rare wild orchid”



Steve Large receiving a spot award from Brian Wilson for his efforts in arranging a abseil down the front of the Europa Hotel with a collection for  Leukemia Research. This involved 21 staff from the Information Technology department on a windy day.IMG_20170312_0115


Adrian Murphy paused on the decent, I would not have paused!!
One of my sons was about 8 at the time and was given a role of collecting with Pat Masterson (HR Director) in front of the Europa on the pavement at the world famous Crown Bar. Mathew was keen to do this but misheard the charity we were collecting for, so began asking passers-by for contributions to Lobelia research (as if we don’t have enough colours of lobelias already).



Belfast folks being the way they are were happy to throw money in the buckets carried by Mathew and Pat.

NITEC Building Award


Before: The old entrance and small office building at the front of M4 being demolished. This had initially been the Spalding plant and for a long time that name was still deep in the STC conversation. “I’m heading up to Spaldings” was a phrase which left me totally confused in my first week at work.  But then again the “Raceview loading bay” in the M3 plant was still talked about 20 years after the Raceview site in Enniskillen had closed.


During: The new shape of Nitec starting to unfold. This was a significant building effort not seen on the site for one, maybe two, decades before. The building would not be any use if we didn’t get Broadband into it, and this was one of our first experiences of being a Customer to one of the early cable companies who were becoming our new Customers.  Not a straight forward experience. I think the lead time for the cable was longer than the building.

(I don’t remember it being called Broadband in those days…. Ethernet has a ring to it)

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After: The NITEC building won the W & G Baird Business Environmental Endeavour (BEE) award. This scheme is aimed at encouraging excellence in the design of the working environment.

Pictured here with NITEC’s director, Dr Danny McCaughan, are mechanical design engineers Gillian McColgan and Irwin Potts



The assessor gave the site high marks for being “well integrated into the suburban environment” Des Cave the Project Manager received the award from Richard Needham, Minister of State for Northern Ireland, at a lunch at Shane’s Castle

Nitec building and the start of a run through Co Down

The story of this Photograph is under deep investigation.  Brian Beattie is trying to find the names of the bikers. Usually we have problems remembering who every one is when we can see a full face, so this photograph is an additional challenge.

Story has it that this was a Friday run down to Newcastle. I can say that there was as much interest in the bikes as the riders. Seemingly there were some great bikes in those days.

If you are one of the bikers or can recognise a bike please add a reply.