between 1610 and 1666 the Hexagon Tower was added in 1887. Seen here in all
its glory in the 1900's.
The Castle was deliberately set on fire, when fully ablaze they noticed a
servant girl, Miss Ethel Gillgan aged 22 from Westmeath trapped at an upstairs
window. They did eventually rescue her but sadly she died due to smoke inhalation,
it is said that her ghost can be seen dressed all in white in the Castle grounds
and gardens, the locals call her ghost " The White Lady "
This photograph was taken from the Deerpark
bridge and shows the back of the castle and part of the gardens.
The pathways you can see lead to a section which was called the ' Sunken Garden
' which had tunnels and archways.
Date is Unknown.
ANTRIM STEEPLE YOUNG DEFENDERS FLUTE BAND
This Antrim Steeple Young Defenders Flute Band which was formed in 1973.
When this photograph was taken is unknown but we do know that John McGrath
is 2nd in from the left 2nd row and Gary McClenaghan is 4th in from left kneeling.
This view of Antrim was taken from the Dublin Road in 1948, to the left you
can see the old Dublin Road. Behind the tree to the left is Castle Street.
To the right of the tree you can see the back of High Street Presbyterian
Church, still going right is All Saints' Presbyterian Church in front is Mill
Row followed by Riverside.
ANTRIM SECONDARY SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM
This is Antrim Secondary School (under 14) football team who were in the final
of the "Observer" Trophy against St. Macnissi's College in 1960.
Back Row: has Mr. E. C. Wilson (teacher), K.
McCrea, D. Graham, S. Watt, D. McDowell, C.Woods, D. Manson, J. McNeill and
Kneeling: are C. Lowery, R. Houston, J. Scott,
...O. Graham (Capt..), J. Millar, M. Taggart,
T. Watt and M. Kelly.
ANTRIM HOCKEY TEAM 2652
It's wintertime in the early 50's and even though there is snow on the ground,
that does not faze these men in the Antrim Hockey Team.
Back Row: Has Percy Collins, Jimmy Hannan, Billy
Ludlow, Joe Lavery, George McBurney, Billy Jarden and his hand knitted jumper
by Essie his wife.
Kneeling: are Jackie Patterson, Sammy Wallace,
Morris Hilland, Tom Allen and Sam Hannan.
Looks as if it is Belfast YMCA grounds at Bladon Drive, or could be an Irish
Cup match or the final of the Anderson Cup match switched from Banbridge.
ANTRIM HOCKEY TEAM
- - - - - - - - - - - - - Here are the lads who
play for Antrim Hockey Team. - - - - - -- - - - - --
-Back row: are W. Ludlow, M. Campbell,
D. Bonar, B. Fawcett, A. Carson, T. Creighton and F. Baird.
- -Front Row: we
have Paddy Marks, B. McCabe, ..G. McBurney, W.
Harkness and N. Buck. - ...The year is unknown.
ANTRIM PRIMARY SCHOOL 1283
This is Miss Canavan's class at Antrim Primary School in 1966.
Back Row: Miss Canavan, Kenneth McCrea, then
Reggie Marks, Janet Woods, Liz Johnston, Liz Brownlees, Shirley McCloy, Heather
Buckley, Unknown, Elaine Vennard, Trevor Wilson, Unknown -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - and Dennis Clarke.
- - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - -Middle
Row: has John Singleton, Unknown, Margaret Adair, Alan Brown, Unknown,
Ian Johnston, Ronnie Brown, Adi Baird, unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Stephen
Foster, Christine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - Foster and Unknown. -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - -- - - -Front
Row: Seated we have Elaine Steele, Billy Williamson, Eleanor Stevenson,
Kathleen Davis, Unknown, Jacqueline Moore, Unknown, Aubrey Scott, Unknown,
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown and Cyril Wilson.
ANTRIM HOCKEY TEAM 1376
It's all smiles today in this photograph of Antrim Hockey team taken on the
19th October, year is unknown, that's because they had just won their match.
Back Row: are D. Cupples, J. Hannan, G. McBurney,
J. Laverty, T. Allen and B. Fawcett. M. Campbell
Front row: are M. Campbell, F. Baird, J. Patterson
(Capt.), S. Wallace and Paddy Marks.
They had beaten Garvey 3 -2 and the scorers were
Paddy 2 and Patterson 1.
ANTRIM HIGH SCHOOL 1272
No it's not a hold-up, it's the pupils and teacher of Antrim High School rehearsing
Chicago in 1975.
The only two known are centre with a Tommy gun Freddie Davis and to the right
with the striped jacket is Kenneth McCrea.
ANTRIM HOCKEY SUPPORTERS 1371
Waiting for the bus outside Phoenix Park, Dublin in 1947 we have the Antrim
Hockey Club down for the day.
From the left are Morris Hillen, "Bucky" Baird, Bob Fawcett, George
Clarke, Billy Jarden, Norman Wallace and Billy "Wuff" Allen.Behind
the boys is a domed shaped structure on the pavement and it is a mens loo!
ANTRIM HOCKEY TEAM 1377
Here are the Antrim Hockey Team winners of the Irish Junior Cup 1946 - 1947
and mighty proud they are.
Back Row: W. Crawford, G. McBurney, B. Jardine,
B. Fawcett, G. Clarke and J. Hannan.
Front Row: are J. Baird, M. Hilland, W. Allen,
R. McNally and R. Nicholl.
ANTRIM ARMS HOTEL 1361
This is the Antrim Arms Hotel in High Street which was owned by Fawcett's
looking very smart having just had a face lift in 1905.
No traffic problems here but on the left just a glimpse of a car and on the
road evidence that horses are still with us. At Barr's shop on the right we
have two ladies, one with a fur collar having a leisurely chat.
A.B.D. MEMORIAL PIPE BAND 1874
Standing on the steps to the entrance of the ruins of Antrim Castle in 1941
we some of the members of A.B.D. Memorial Pipe Band.
At the back on the left is Ernie Smith, Unknown, Unknown and Matt Quigley.
In front are John Cochrane, Unknown and Noel Hood.
ANTRIM HOCKEY TEAM1368
- - - - - - - - -- - -All eager to start their
match are the men of Antrim Hockey Club.- - - - - -
- -Back Row: are George McBurney, John
Glover, Billy Jarden, Willie Ludlow, Unknown
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - -and
Roy Rayland. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - - -- -Front Row: are Jimmy Hannon,
Sammy Wallace, Bob Fawcett, Jackie Patterson and Tom Allen. The year is unknown.
ANTRIM HOCKEY TEAM 1290
Winners of the Irish Cup in 1947 is Antrim Hockey Club.
Back Row: are N.Wallace, H.McCormack, W.Crawford,
J.Hannan, R. McNally, J. Baird, W.A. Jarden, B. Fawcett, S. Wallace,
W. Rodgers and T. Hannan.
Front Row: with the cup are R. Nicholl, G. Clarke,
W. Allen (Capt.),G.McBurney and M. Hilland.
ANTRIM CASTLE 1346
This aerial photograph shows Antrim Castle in November 1922 one month after
the great fire.
You can see the side entrance for the gentry to come out and admire the river
and then to walk through the grounds. In front of the Castle you can see the
walled gardens with the greenhouses with the Head Gardener's house in the
corner. Beyond that is Castle Street and the Market Square leading to High
ANTRIM CASTLE 1347
This aerial photograph shows Antrim Castle in November 1922 one month after
the great fire.You can see the side entrance for the gentry to come out and
admire the Sixmilewater river and then to walk in the grounds which you can
see in great detail. The circular building which stands just off from the
castle was the band room especially built by the Viscount for Massereene Brass
and Reed Band.
A.B.D. MEMORIAL PIPE BAND 1331
This is Matt Quigley and Bobby Cameron at Portrush in the 1960's. Apparently
back then the band used to go along in the summer on the excursion trips.
A.B.D. MEMORIAL PIPE BAND 1875
Just turning on to Church Street we have the A.B.D. Memorial Pipe Band. Leading
the band is Dennis Young then Matt McCullough, Stephen McHill,
Tommy McCosh, Raymond O'Neill, Raymond Elliott and the rest are unknown. Behind
the band are Dougie Lynn, Gerry Law and Bobby Young.
ANTRIM ACCORDIAN BAND 2098
Checking the straps of his accordian is Sammy McQuillan and playing behind
him is Dennis Hunter who belonged to Antrim Accordian Band.
ANTRIM CASTLE SHOWGROUNDS 1275
Watching the Ploughing in the Tractor section at Antrim Castle Showground's
in 1938 on the right is Mrs McCullough and beside her is
Mary Young with her daughter Margaret.
ANTRIM GRAMMAR SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAM
This is Antrim Grammar's unstoppable and unbeatable basketball team of 1975.
- As you can see they won all before them including
the Mid-Antrim Basketball League at under-- - - - --
- -13, 14 and 16 levels, all due to the excellent training by their
coach. - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - -Back
Row: Mr.A.Conn (Coach), P. Peoples, D. Graham and D. Steele.-
- - - - - - - - - -- - - -- - - -Front Row:
are G. Mccormack, R. Magee, R. Long, M. Irvine and R. Craig who for some reason
is not in the photograph.
ANTRIM ARMS HOTEL 1364
Standing in High Street in 1929 we have Robert Fawcett with the Tour bus drivers
all set to take his guests out around the North & South of Ireland.
In the background you can just see the Court House.
ANDERSON PORTRAIT 1281
This is Mary Anderson back in 1926 getting her photograph taken, Mary was
26 then and just engaged to be married three years later.
ANTRIM CASTLE 2479
Standing admiring the crests on the front of Antrim Castle is a tourist.
As you can see it was a beautiful building and you can see the lower windows
where the staff worked.
ANTRIM CADETS 1380
Here we have 1st Antrim Cadets getting their photograph in Antrim Castle Grounds
Back row Ann Coulter, Cynthia Fry, Miss McCarr, Miss Clarke, Mrs Telford,
Elizabeth Witherspoon, Eileen McCloskey, Joan Cummings and Jean Barnes.
Front row has Kathleen Lynn, Unknown, Unknown, Norma Coulter, Mary Allen,
Pat Cummings and Miss Brownlees.
To give you an idea of where the photo was taken the wall behind them has
gone except for a small section containing the arch which you can just see
between Elizabeth Witherspoon and Eileen McCloskey,
ANTRIM ARMS HOTEL 1365
Now I know you're going to say this isn't the Antrim Arms Hotel, well it's
the gardens which belonged to the hotel which were behind the hotel. Remember
there was no Castle Centre then in 1930 and that's how far the gardens went.
In the background you can see some of the guests and the two men with the
unknown guests in the foreground are on the left Robert Fawcett of the Antrim
Arms Hotel and the other man was Gerry Patton. Gerry as you can guess was
the Hotel's Tour Guide and Entertainer organiser. They had tours North and
South six days a week and entertainment was provided for the guests at these
included dances at which the local lads would flock to. A lot of the guests
were ladies who came over from the Lancashire mills for their holidays here
in Antrim. Yes, Antrim was more hip hop and lots to see then, then it is now.
On the day that there were no tours they used to take the guests down to the
Lough Shore and this was the that day Bob Fawcett and his chums waited for
every week. That's because they would use Hannon and Wallce's fishing boats
to row the guests up and down the river for sixpence, that's about 2 1/2 p
ARMISITICE DAY 652
Taken outside the Royal British Legion Hall at Riverside in
1934, the great and the good had gathered to remember the fallen on Armistice
Standing in the centre is Mr.C.Burrows and on his left 3rd person form him
is Jeannie Baird. Mrs N. Kirk and her Poppy Girls - including a young Tracy
Gaynor who was a driver - are also in the picture.
A.B.D MEMORIAL PIPE BAND 1267
Standing proudly with his bagpipes is J. Noble in 1981. On his left is G.
Carson, Matt Boyd and J. Steele. On his right is E. Smith, B. Jones and J.
ANTRIM ACCORDION BAND 1410
Marching up Church Street we have Antrim Accordion Band and leading them is
The vacant space to the right is where two thatched cottages used to be and
they are just ready to pass the Methodist Church which became in later years
a Library. The members of the band are unknown and also the date.
ANTRIM ARMS HOTEL 2675
It's April 1938 and the people of Antrim wake up to a sad sight, this all
the remains of the Antrim Arms hotel in High Street.
Thankfully no one died in the fire that completely destroyed the hotel.
ANTRIM TECHNICAL COLLEGE 1025
No wonder they are smiling it's June 1964 and end of term for these students
at Antrim Technical College.
Back Row: from left are Ester Reade, Oliva Kyle,
May McKeown, Elizabeth Witherspoon, Rosemary McKee, Myrtle McVeigh, Sally
Bovill and Isabel Gribbon.
Front Row: are Ruth Moore, Patricia Weir, Irene
Clark, Hazel Campbell, Miss Smith (Teacher), Beth McCloud, Connie McKinstry,
Edna Kellso, Philomena O'Brian, and Irma Brown.
ANYONE FOR TEA? 918
Now isn't this nice, tea, biscuits and cakes at the bottom
of the garden and surrounded by an abundance of flowers on a sunny afternoon.The
lady and the time and place are sadly unknown.
ANTRIM RUGBY TEAM
This picture of the Antrim Rugby Club squad is deceiving
- for you would hardly guess it from the stern expressions, the mood was really
upbeat on this cold November afternoon in 1968, because the local boys had
actually just beaten old rivals Ballymena 6 - 3!.
Back Row: (from left) you can see Brian Simpson,
Ken Edgar, Bobby Stewart, Bob West, Hugo Fleck, Jim Nolan, Roddy Armstrong
and Dennis Boal.
Front Row: are Arnold Sears, Chris Miller, Dave
Russell, Raymond Peoples (Captain), Jim Purdy, Robert Irvine and Phillip Scott.
ANTRIM TECHNICAL COLLEGE 593
The building some loved and some tried to forget " The Tec ".
Sadly the building had to make way for Tesco's supermarket.
The year was 1993.
ANTRIM PRIMARY SCHOOL CHOIR 850
No wonder these young ladies from Antrim Primary School are
smiling - they had just won the "Ballymena Weekly Telegraph" cup
for their choral prowess in the class for borough and rural schools at Ballymena
Festival in February 1957.
In the back row we have Unknown, Doris McIlveen, Margaret French, Margaret
White, Vera Kennedy, Margaret Reid and Mildred Allen. Beside Miss Bell in
the middle row is Stella Lynn, Eleanor McCabe, Maya Nutt, Joyce Hamilton,
Brenda Morrow and Rose McBride.
The front row consists of Unknown, Dorothy Cummings, Unknown, Annie Ritchie,
Hetty Kelly and Jennifer Allen.
ANTRIM PRIMARY SCHOOL FOOTBALL & HOCKEY TEAM
Here we go back in time to 1968 for this shot of the Antrim Primary School
Football and Hockey Teams. Standing at the back we have Mr. Swan, James Orr,
Alfie Beresford, Paddy Marks - himself a former player, headmaster and mayor,
John McKinney, Joe Quinn and Mr. McGarvey.
The young charges standing are Peter Wilson, Granville Neil, Robert Nelson,
Ian McCally, Leslie Gawn and Gary Whitley. Then seated in front are Morris
McClean, John McMeekin, Steven Mailey, Robin Clarke (Captain), Jim Bennet,
Thompson McCrub and Norrie Sullivan.
By the way Robin Clarke went on to be an apprentice for two years at Man Utd
but got homesick and came home. Here he played for Glentoran and Coleraine
before damaging his knee and having to give up football.
ANTRIM PRIMARY SCHOOL FOOTBALL & HOCKEY TEAM
This team is Antrim Primary Football and Hockey Team
in 1956 and were all in P6.
- Back Row: we have
Paddy Marks, Stevie Mailey, Samuel Adair, Alistair Shaw, Dougie Mailey and
Middle Row: consists of Ken White, David Huston,
Allen Cameron, Sidney Grey, John Smyth, John McMeekin and Kenny Pearce.
Front row: are Jim Bennet, Kennt McKeown, John
Armstrong, Robin Clarke, Jimmy Hegarty, David Foster and Billy McKeown.
photograph was used by the BBC in the Countryfile series on the 3rd June 2012.
to Alan Cameron for providing the missing names from this photograph and the
history of some of the boys.
went on to play for the International School Team, he then spent a few years
at Manchester United. Next is Jimmy Hegarty who became a professional Golfer
with a third place finish in the Irish Open. The Mailey brothers became senior
hockey players for Antrim,well done to all these lads. Now to the Principal
Paddy Marks who went on to enjoy a long career in local politics including
a couple of stints as the Mayor of Antrim. Now his career must have rubbed
off on one of the young lads for he too in later years became the Mayor of
Antrim, his name is John Smyth middle row 5th from the left.
This is Antrim Castle after the fire during a grand ball on
the night of 28th October 1922.
It remained a ruin until 1970 when it was deemed unsafe and demolished by
Antrim Borough Council leaving only the Hexagon tower which you can see to
your left in the photograph.
Taken when the snow lay
on the ground, this is unusual view of Antrim Castle Grounds. To the left,
with its neatly clipped hedges, is the Motte, but how many people can recall
the striking building in the background? It was actually purpose-built to
protect the Pump House below it under ground and there were tunnels that went
off in different directions to the Castle and the grounds.Viscount Massereene
a keen violinist bought Flutes, Cornets, Saxophones, Drums, Trombones and
other musical instruments to form a band from the local men which became known
as 'The Massereene Brass and Reed Band' and all became very accomplished musicians.
Later on under orders from Viscount Massereene a circular wooden ledge with
iron railings was built inside it above the pump so the bandsmen could pratice
in until they got a band room. When the band disbanded the band's musical
instruments disappeared. ( They were threw into a skip
by Antrim Council but thankfully rescued. The Antrim Counci was offered the
musical instruments back because of their local history for £1,000 so
one person from the council went and looked at them. They refused to buy them
because they were broken! )
The year the photo was taken is unknown.