It’s take a people with big hearts to push through the storm clouds to a brighter day.
And that’s exactly the journey the people of Belfast have made in recent times.
And they have, indeed, emerged into a future bursting with promise and potential.
Historic compromise has ushered in a new Belfast founded on the principles of mutual respect and tolerance.
A city which is proud of its diversity; a city embracing change.
Nowhere is that more evident than in the skyscape of Belfast dotted with cranes.
Cranes above the biggest college campus development in Europe at the University of Ulster.
Cranes above the new Belfast Grand Central Hotel funded by our foremost hoteliers the Hastings family.
Cranes above new office blocks at Belfast Harbour.
The Belfast stage has been set.
Now we roll out the Homecoming red carpet to allow our greatest allies, the Diaspora, play their part.
The fourth annual Belfast International Homecoming will take place in the city in October and will see a host of our international diaspora join with local thought leaders and business trailblazers in working to boost the peace through economic development.
Delegates from countries such as the US, Spain and Scotland, will help shape discussions on progressing prosperity whilst forging relationships and making pledges that will translate into solid actions. The major themes for the three days of discussions will be Entrepreneurialism and using smart talent, regeneration and boosting tourism.