Here we have Janie Lennon as a teenager getting her portrait taken - just look at the length of her lovely long hair. Later on in years Janie would marry and have a famous son.
This building on High Street was once the Lough Neagh Hotel, then became Enketell's a furniture store,and next to it is the Ulster Bank. In it's place used to be the First Trust Bank.
This photograph was taken in 1957 at Lamonts factory which was down in Riverside. Standing we have Mildred Jackson, Margaret Kyles, Lila Jamison and Edith Blair. In front are Ethel McKee, Anne Badger, Marie Campbell, Anne Knox, Doreen Hamill and Irene McCaig. Marie Campbell and Anne Knox they touched up the Damask Linen while the men did the block printing on the Linen.
When they had no painting to do they would go and do the sewing on the tea towels ,Hand towels and Bath towels, they also wrapped the towels up in paper as well.
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This is L.O.L.389 from Dunadry getting their photgraph taken in front of the building which was owned by the Patterson family and where the lodge held their meetings. At the back the man in the middle wearing an eyepatch is Jimmy Dace, on the left in the middle row is Robert Patterson and at the far right of the row is Billy Adair. The year it was taken is unknown and so are the rest of the men and boys, this building was behind the Halt at Dunadry.
These people are waiting for the Wallace boats to come back in so they can go for a trip out on Lough Neagh which was a popular pastime in the 1930's.
The local man who is having his photograph taken is unknown.
This is Loan Ends United Football Club back in 1956 getting their photograph taken before the start of a match.
Standing are Drew Johnson, Reginald Johnson, Tommy Tweedie, Harry Price, Billy Beck and Eddie Cunningham.
Kneeling we have Unknown, Master Vance, Master Vance, Ronnie McQuillan, Jackie Brown and Archie McVeigh.
This smiling bunch of lads and lassies belonged to Loan Ends Youth Club in 1956.
At the back we have Rev Derek Allen (deceased), Herbert Nutt, Roy Thompson, Hubert White, Netta Scott, Norman White, Alastair McCourt, Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Hubert Rankin and Wilbert Rankin. The three girls in the middle are May White, Molly Price and Margaret White.
At the front are Leslie Rankin, Davy McCartney, Mrs Alice Allen (who now lives in Ottawa), Wilson Kirkpatrick with his hands full, Lily Law & Jim White.
This is Ladyhill Primary School class of 1956 and you will see quite a few familiar faces and they still have their dolls with them.
Why are the boys always at the back? - anyway here we go (from left) Samuel Hall, Bobby Wylie, Sammy Warwick, James Irwin, Donald Ranton, Kenneth McKelvin, William Fleming and - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Albert Ranton. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -2nd row the girls are Sarah Mary Armour, Lucy Matchett and her doll , Josephine Fleming, Kay Carson, Josephine McMackin, Mary McKelvin, Chris McKelvin, Margaret Warwick, Unknown, -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Margaret Lowry and Miss Crawford. - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - Front row has Aileen Wilson, Ann Montgomery, Unknown, Mary Montgomery, June Ireland and her doll, Unknown, Betty Millar, Florence Hall, Ann Newell and her doll, Elizabeth Perry, Audrey Cameron, Pamela Heath, Ann Simpson, Wilma Carson and her doll, Eleanor McMackin, Jane Montgomery, Hilda McCullough, Betty and Evelyn Hill with their dolls, Unknown and Robin Hill. Seated on the ground we have James Adair, William Hall, Unknown, William Murphy, Sydney Armstrong, Master Matchett, Brian Wilson, Robert McCullough, George Heath, Andrew Wilson, Master Matchett, Unknown, Unknown and Unknown.
This view of Lough Neagh is from the Sixmilewater River and the dot you can see in the distance is Water Bailiff's boat.
Here we have at Ladyhill National School the class of 1932 and their teacher is Miss Allen.
- At the back on the left are William Stirling, James Simpson, Andrew Armour, Jean Sterling, - - -Elizabeth Craid, Agnes Bonar, May Burke, Anna Wallace, John Bell, John Murphy and James - -- - - -- - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - -Stirling.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -3rd row has John Craig, William Simpson, John McDowell, Rita Anderson, Anna Rea, - -
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Jean Wilson, Rachel Burke, Andrew Carson, Samuel Ward and Edgar Wallace. - - - - -2nd row we have John Wallace, Fred Wilson, Herbert Curlis, Martha Stirling, Elsie Alexander, May Cameron, Hanna Ward, Peggy McGrath, Sidney Carson, Joe Bonar and William Cameron. 1st row has James Coulter, Unknown, Annie Owens Coulter, Jean Wallace, Samuel Owens, Joan Stirling, Marie Currie, Annie Craig, Esther Burke and Pricilla Wilson.
Seated on the ground is Nellie Manson, Peggy Currie, Elsie McGrath and Barbra Wilson.
These are the pupils of Loan End's Primary school getting their photo taken in 1954.
Back row we have Stanley McQuillan, Bobby Porter, John Calvert, John Taylor, William Devlin, Davy Wallace, Nelson McDowell, Ian McMaster, Ivan Crooks, Trevor Calvert and John Logan. - - 3rd row Headmaster Mr. Logan, Robert Wallace, Unknown, Lewis Porter, Master Berwick, Sammy Calvert, Joe Goudy, Sammy Johnston, Master Buick, Ian Scott, Unknown, William - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -McDowell, John McQuillan and the teacher who is unknown.- - - -- - - - - - - - - -2nd row it's the girls turn, Margaret Wallace. Miss Kirker, Unknown, Nessie Faulkner, Rene Scott, Margaret Scott, Unknown, Wilma McMaster, Wilma Faulkner, Unknown, June Price, Ruby- - - - - - - - -Cunningham, Unknown, Jean Dowdy, Eleanor Johnston and Miss Wallace.- - - - -Seated in the front row are Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, - - - - - - -Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Elizabeth Wallace and Unknown.-- - -On the ground are Davy Keller, Nigel Brown, Thomas Faulkner, Unknown, Unknown, John Taylor, Derek McQuillan and Roy Kirkpatrick.
This is the 1957 class of Lawther Primary School taken in the school yard.
3rd row at the back are Michael Barnes, Ivan Higgins, Dennis Hunter, Samuel Wilson, Craig McCombe, Malcolm Ashe, Malcolm George, Raymond Higgins, Leslie Bell, George Wells, Unknown, Samuel Gray, Unknown, Brian Barnes. Jim Rainey, Unknown, Alexander Goodrich, Jonathan Williamson, Andrew Wilson, Norman Hunter Mervyn Doole and Unknown.- - - - - - - - -2nd row has Mrs. Ginn (Teacher), Miss Bill (Teacher), Ronnie Maybin, Ronnie Steele, Samuel Wilson, Leonard Wilson, Wilson Steele, William Elliott, John Goodrich, David Higgins, Edmond McMullan, Neil Falloon, Nicholl McQuillan, Robert Wasson, Alistair McQuillan, Raymond Doole, - - - - - - -Bobby Elliott, Jim Millar, John McQuillan and Mr. Ginn (Headmaster). - - - - - - - - - Seated are Marie Millar, Isobel Spence, Wilma Kinnen, Jennifer George, Madeline Craig, Ann Millar, Mary Wells, Katherine Gray, Joy Millar, Jenny Wasson, Rosalind McCombe, Celia Kirkpatrick, Olwyn Higgins, Fianna Graham, Mavis Wilson, Ann Campbell, Eleanor Millar, Edith - - - -- - -- - -- - - - - - - -Spence, Jacqueline Wallace and Margaret Steele. - - - - dd- - - -- - - - -- - On the ground are Master Barnes, Valerie Doole, Irene Back, Miss Millar, Unknown, Unknown, Adrian Goodrich, Unknown, Unknown, Master Baird, Norman Bell, Pamela Doole, Unknown, Eleanor Craig, John Craig, Unknown, Unknown, Francis Wells, Unknown, Philip Hunter, Mervyn Williamson and Brian Fallon.
Taken in 1942 along by the Lough Shore we have May Stewart with her then
boyfriend who is long gone and forgotten!! Meanwhile in the fields behind them are some chickens, I don't fancy looking for the eggs.
Smiling faces all around from the pupils and staff of Loan Ends Primary School in 1954.
Back row on the left are Sam McClurkin, Jean Fisher (Teacher), Ronnie McQuillan, Ian McMaster, Nelson McDowell, John Taylor, William Devlin, Davy Wallace, John McQuillan, Robert Wallace, William Porter, John McMillan, John Calvert, Unknown, Stanley McQuillan, Trevor Calvert, Ian Scott, Edward Logan (Headmaster) and his son John Logan.
2nd row of girls are Ann Devlin, Unknown, Margaret Scott, Miss Woods, Eleanor Johnston, Unknown, Nessie Faulkner, Ruby Cunningham, May Goudy, Renee Scott, Patricia Nichollson, Unknown, Ruby Irvin, Unknown,Unkown, Miss Wallace, Sarah Taylor and Helen Logan (Headmaster's daughter)
Seated we have Norman Kirkpatrick, Unknown, Unkown, Unknown, Unkown, Unkown, Unkown, Unkown, Linda Kirkpatrick, Hanna Taylor, Miss Woods, Miss Woods and Unknown.
On the ground are David McGregor, Unknown, Davy Taylor, Derek McQuillan, Nigel Brown, Thomas Faulkner, Raymond Nicholson, Unknown, Roy Kirkpatrick, Unknown and Unknown.
This peaceful scene shows Antrim fishermen mending their nets under the watchful gaze of local children in the middle years of the 20th century.This was taken at one of the many tributaries between Antrim and Toome that flow into the Lough Neagh.
This is Lylehill Boys Brigade in their smart uniforms getting their photograph taken in 1960.
Back row from the left are George Johnston, George Fleming, Harper Ashcroft, Tommy Cuming, Willie Rea, Norman Irwin and Unknown.
3rd row has Noel Rea, Reggie Johnswton, Stanley Coulter, Drew Johnston and Rex Cuming.
2nd row has Michael Olden, Billy Parkes, Brian Williamson, Sammy Lindsay, Cecil Cuming and Jimmy Jones.
In front are Jim Olden , Ivan Hoey (Captain), Unknown (Inspection Officer) and Reverend James Hughes of Lylehill Presbyterian Church.
These are the gardens at Loughanmore in 1900 and someone is enjoying them seated on the garden seat.
The card is stamped Templepatrick, 1.15pm, 8th September 1900.
To: Mr. Willie Smyth, The Cottage, Woodburn, C.Fregus. Reads: Love from Edith.
Looking very industrious these men were building the boat to take out tourists.The only man known is to the right and he is called Gordon Elder. The year is unknown.
Written by C. Kelly to show is undying love for his girl Fanny Kelly.
The landing stage with two boats being cleaned and decked out with bunting.
A man sits on the landing stage watching all that's going on, while a lady buys the tickets for the boat trip at the white hut.The year is unknown.
These three ladies having their portrait taken look very stern indeed, but there is a reason for that for back then you had to stay very still because of the long time it took to take the photograph.
On the left we have Catherine Maria McComb nee Graham, Mary Scott nee Graham and finally Maria Scott nee Scott.
The photograph by the way was taken in 1889, as this is 2021 it makes it 132 years old!
These boys are sitting on the remains of an RAF launch in 1957 that was used to drag targets out into Lough Neagh for the planes to practice shooting at during World War Two. Like so many things at the time, their significance was not recognized and they have long gone. The young lad on the left has not been identified, but his young friend is John Boyd.
Here we have a family enjoying a day trip to the Lough Shore in Antrim in 1952. Included are Mary, John, Derek and Harry Boyd, along with their cousins Anna, Ethel and Florence Hamilton and their uncle Fred who were on holiday from Tyrone.
The group is actually sitting in the shadow of an RAF observation tower
This is the view from the R.A.F. observation tower in 1952.
Remember this was before they lowered the Lough and is now the car park.
We are here at Lylehill Primary Education School for the annual school photograph in the mid 1940's.
6th row at the back from the left the little girl half hidden is unknown, then Bill McKay, Cecil Cummings, Francis Coulter, Rex Cummings, Noel Rea, George Watt, Drew Johnston and Sammy Lindsay.
5th row we have Miss Best Teacher, Margaret Hall, Desmond Hall, Ivor McKay, Alex McBride, Harper Ashcroft, Jim Coulter, Sam Carlisle, Maureen McCrea, Unknown and Ben Hoey the Headmaster.
4th row has Unknown, Unknown, Mable Barron, Mavis McKay, Elsie Walker, Miss Patterson (her father was minister at Lylehill Presbyterian), Noreen Johnston, Hester Crawford, Ann Charlton, May Lindsay and Johnny McCrea.
3rd row starts with Sammy Barron wearing his wellies, then Billy Richie, Maureen Watt, Miss Moore, Unknown, Elizabeth Hoey, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Arthur Ogilby and Master- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Ogilby.- - - - - - - - - - - -- -- - - - - -- -- - - - - - - - - 2nd row looking unhappy is Billy Parkes, Neilly McBride, Francis Calvert, Unknown, Hugh McBurney, Brian Williamson & Unknown.
1st row kneeling on the rug are Matt Walker, Master Watt, Minnie McBurney, Unknown, Unknown, Kathleen Walker, Ester Parkes and Barry Rea.
Here in September 1960 we have three generations Standing at the back is Beatrice Langtry from Antrim looking down at her mother-in-law Irene Langtry nursing her son Paul Langtry. Beatrice had come to show Irene at her home at 29 Wellington Gardens, Donaghadee Road, Bangor how big Paul had grown.
This aerial photograph shows the landing stages jutting out into the Sixmilewater River at the Cutts. There is a boat in the middle of the river which could be heading to one of the landing stages or going on up river to the Torpedo factory. Also to be seen is the old Massereene Golf course and just beyond the golf course to your right you can see the R.A.F. observation tower used to watch the planes practicing their bombing out on the Lough. The white section in the bottom right corner is the plane's wing.
This photograph taken from a plane show in the top left hand corner Lough Neagh.
Then as we come to the houses in the middle which is Firfields, moving on to the right is the Sixmilewater River, and the ruins of Antrim Castle. After that you can see the Deerpark bridge, the Clotworthy stables and then the army camp.
This shot shows the Massereene Golf course, part of Fairfields estate,the the Lough shore Road and finally Lough Neagh.
My thanks to Brenda Liddy for giving me more of the 'Unknown's' proper names which helps to bring the photograph alive.
The borough of Antrim is blessed by its close proximity to Lough Neagh, creating a maritime history which spans back generations. Most local people will recall the Maid of Antrim cruiser, which brought countless families out unto the choppy waters for day trips before it was sadly 'decommissioned'. The Maid of Antrim is now back after being refurbished.
This is the Lough Neagh Queen, its steam driven predecessor, which operated those same routes back at the turn of the 20th century. Owned by the Lough Neagh Cruising Company, the 'Queen' could carry 30 tourists, as could her sisters 'The White Heather' and 'Peacehaven'. The fact that the Lough was so well served 100 years ago speaks volumes about the thriving tourist trade at that time. Did you know that between 1820 and 1860 merchant steamboats operated on the lough too, travelling all the way from Belfast via canals, then up the river Bann and out into the North Atlantic? In the past the Lough has seen many great navel battles including the Anglo-Irish battle of 1643 - even the Vikings at one time controlled these waters. The year is unknown.
Seen here visiting Ria Lynn is Granny Lynn, Granda Kitts and sitting on her knee is Irene Kttts, back in the 1930's.
Sadly the couple and the children are unknown but as you can see their Love is Everlasting!
This is Herbie McCabe and Hugh Buick on the shore at Shane's Castle.
The year is 1933.
Sitting enjoying the sunshine down at the Lough shore are Aggie Baird, Eileen Swan, Ruby Baird and the little girl is unknown. The date is also unknown.
This studio photograph of Mrs Lindsay was taken in the early 1900's. Sadly that is all I know of this lovely Lady.
Enjoying a day down at the Lough Shore we have in the back row: Graham ?, the other three are unknown.
M.Row: Helen Craig, Graham ?, Unknown, ? Davis, Unknown and Unknown. F.Row: ? Davis and Jean Woods. The year is unknown.
Ruby Baird, Aggie Baird and Eileen Swan were clearly enjoying a relaxing day at the Lough Shore when this picture was taken! Also of note are the buses and car in the background, harking back to the time when Antrim was still very much on the tourist map - sadly the year it was taken is unknown.
Taken down at the Lough Shore the only person known is third from the right Jeannie Baird.
The date is unknown.
Here visiting Grandmother Irene Langtry who has Paul Langtry on her knee and on her right is her daughter-in-law Beatrice Langtry.
On the left the couple who you can see are so much in love and well known around Antrim it is of course Desmond Warwick and Joan who still has that smile.
All set to shove off is the steam driven Lough Neagh Queen that operated in the early part of the twentieth century and pioneered the development of the Lough Neagh Crusing Company. The company also ran the White Heather and the Peacehaven which was registered in 1927. Each of the vessels took thirty tourists on excursion cruises on the lough. Between 1820 and 1860 merchant steamboats operated on the lough and it was possible to sail from Belfast through the canals to the lough, then along the Lower Bann and out into the North Atlantic.
Here we are at a meal break at Langford Lodge the year is unknown and sadly so are the men. Was this taken during WW2 for some of the men are wearing American service jackets and caps?
If you reconize anyone in the photograph please let me know and as always you will get a copy for yourself.
Out for a trip on Lough Neagh in one of the fishermen's boats in 1928 with the ruins of Shane's Castle in the background.
At the moment none of the men are known unless you know better.
Lough Neagh Crusing Company also ran the White Heather and the Peacehaven which was registered in 1927. Each of the vessels took tourists out onto the lough for trips.
Taken on the shores of Lough Neagh in 1950 during a stormy day and in the distance you can see the structure from where they tested the torpedoes. The reason it's slightly out of focus was because the winds were that strong and the photographer couldn't keep himself steady.