OUT FOR FRESH AIR 1005
Taking a walk for fresh air along the Belfast to Antrim Road on the 5th October
1938, we have May McCalmont. Behind the pram is dear Granny Rachel Agnew with
her bunch of flowers and at her side is Jack Agnew her grandson. Her other
grandchildren are in the pram the twins - Maudie and Ann, while standing in
front with an inquisitive look on her face is Rita Agnew.
THORNHILL LODGE 2713
Here we are in Hall's Hotel back in 1970 for the annual Thornhill Lodge dinner
for its members.
At the back from the left are Billy Williamson, T Strange, E Smith, H McDonald
and J McCaig.
The middle has T Fleming, Paddy Marks, D McClure and B McVeigh.
In the front row are A Fleming, S Campbell, W Kyles and Norman McCaig.
HURLING TEAM 1913
Here we are with Tir-na-nOg Hurling Team
in 1926 who were the Co. Antrim Champions.
Back row: has T. Martin, A. Martin, D. McNaughton,
J. Dean, J. Gallagher, H. Dowd, J. McCann, J. Dowd and P. Cunning Referee.
Seated: are P. Dornan, J. Best, J. Black, A.
Heffron, P. McCann, J. O'Boyle, S. McKeown and T. Carabine.
On the ground: are J McNally and H Hill.
Proudly getting their pgotograph taken is the Tir-na-nOg Team, Antrim Junior
Hurling Champions of 1960.
At the back: we have S. Kerr, D. Letters, R.
Dornan, F. Robb and V. Dobbin. The middle: has
R. Robinson, S. Martin, H. Kerr, N. McKillen V. Kerr and B. Kerr.
Seated: are B. Robinson, S. O'Boyle, S. Martin,
D. Martin, R. Heatley, V. McVeigh and A. O'Kane.
THE ILLUSIONS 1748
When ever this local group appeared on stage Antrim folk were under no illusion
who they were. Called ' The Illusions ' this is them in 1975 from the left
Crawford McClintock, Jerry Caughfield, Jimmy Campbell, Liam Gillan & Brendan
TOWN COMMISSIONERS 1414
These gentlemen were the town's commissioners who looked after the well being
of the town back then.
In the back row we have J. McCabe, Mr. McKay, T. Cooper and J.L. Clarke. In
front are J. Carson, T. Coulter, Unknown, Unknown and J. Beggs.
They are standing outside Garron Tower Hotel which was along the Antrim Coast
road about 24 miles from Larne. Now the man that took this photograph is on
the extreme right in the photograph below (172) and is Unknown and so is the
TORPEDO FACTORY 1665
Taken at the Royal Naval Armament Depot or locally called the Torpedo Factory
on the Randalstown road in Antrim we have some the names of the people who
(From the left) we have George Marcus, John Hamilton and the rest are unknown.-
- Sitting on the landrover's roof: are
Gary Wilson, Unknown and Fred Currie. `- - -- - -
- - - - - -5th row: has Unknown, Unknown,
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Ronnie, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown,
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Paddy Campbell, Erskine Campbell and the rest
unknown. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4th row:
Raymond Cadbury at the far right is the only person known.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3rd row:
are firstly 10 unknowns, then Harry Allen, then 15 unknowns, Arthur Evans
and finally 5 unknowns.
2nd row: has 5 unknowns, Desmond Jardine, Dessie
Tuff, then 10 unknowns, Alma McCullough, Leslie McCullough, Bobby, 5 unknowns,
Jimmy Blackadder and then 5 unknowns. - - - - - -
- -Front row: are Mr Magee then 4 unknowns,
Phyllis Burrows, Nurse Kielty, Betty Patterson, Sandy Powel, Sam McMinnen,
Bill Andrews, Unknown, Ron Ludlow, Desmond Fell, Bill Mitchel, John Murdoch,
Unknown, Mr Surgenor, D.Shuker, Des Whylie, Mrs Murdoch, Frances, Violet
Smyth, Mrs Ludlow, Gordon McCloud, Sammy Buick, Derek Watters and Mr Blackadder.
THOSE WERE THE DAYS 2332
Ah, those were the days back in 1956 when you were told summer had arrived
and instead of it lasting 6 days it was usually 6 weeks or more! So here we
are at number 10 Carnanmore Park on one of those summer days and enjoying
not only the sun but an ice lolly. At the back in his shirt and tie is Daddy,
mummy and on her knee is Helen Tomen. On the left is MrsTomen and in front
are Patrica Tomen and Len.
TOWN COMMISSIONERS 51
This photograph of the Town's Commissioners was taken in 1911. Standing are
I.Wallace, E. McCabe, C.McMaster (Vice-Chairman), A.McKay (Clerk).
Seated in front we have J. Nutt, R.G. Kirk G.P. (Chairman), E.C.Smith (Chemist).
Edward McCabe was one of the town's butchers and was known locally as Ned.
He is mentioned in Alexander Irvine's book 'The Souls
of Poor Folk' with the line "Ned McCabe
butchered John Conlon's pig."
TORPEDO FACTORY 471
This was the Children's Christmas Party in the 1950's and was held in the
canteen of the Torpedo factory, the only child known at the moment is David
Boyd, second boy on your left in the foreground.
TORPEDO FACTORY 1043
Enjoying a night out at the Torpedo Factory on the Randalstown road in 1954.
We have kneeling at the front Unknown then Joe Pollick, behind Joe and from
the left are Annie Rankin, May Gaynor, Elsie Boyd, Eve Deneny, Ronald Luldow,
Beth King, Miss King, Helen Brown, Emily Rankin and Mr. McNeill. All the people
in background are unknown.
Out for a walk in 1932 along the Antrim Road at Dunadry we have Jack McCalmont,
his sister Sadie McCalmont with future brother-in-law Alex Agnew.
THREE MUSKETEERS 1080
These three lively lads leaning over the gate are Patterson Craig, Archie
Campbell and Victor Ashe. They were off work for the July Holidays in 1955.
THORNHILL LODGE 486
This is Thornhill L.O.L. 651 taken at the ' Field ' the members and the year
THORNHILL L.O.L. 651 488
Photographed at Larne we have Thornhill L.o.L. 651.
The members and the year are unknown.
THE FOLLY 781
This is the Scott's house in 1935 and visiting Frank Scott is baby Joan McElrea
who is interested in Frank's pipe. Beside Joan is her daddy Jack McElrea and
on the other side is her mummy Agnes McElrea.
MRS TOM THURSBY 2654
What a wonderful photograph showing peace & harmoney in a home, the year
is unknown, the month March and the time is 7.20am.
This is a Mrs Tom Thursby who lived at number 6 Firgrove Muckamore and the
house is still there! Mrs Thursby is sitting in front of her range where all
the cooking would have been done and also is keeping herself warm, this morning
she is baking our favourite, soda farls on a griddle. The kettle to the left
keeping the water warm for a nice cup of tea and perhaps more sodas are keeping
warm in the oven. On the left of the fireplace wall is a print of a wife in
a long dress and wide sleeves, her arm is linked with her husband who is holding
hands with their child. Next to it is a reading in a frame from Timothy 1:15
"Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."
Below the framed couple is another plaque with a man brushing a horse and
a Bible text Psalm 32:8 "I will instruct thee and
teach thee in the way which thou shalt go." On the mantelpiece
which has been trimmed with aluminium foil to the left is a china cottage,
an outdoor oil lamp, then flanking either side of the clock are the Spaniel
dogs. Behind the right dog is a tray and at the end is a bicuit tin on its
side so you can see the lady in a crinoline dress on the lid.
Mrs Thursby went home in 1927.
THE FOLLY 782
Here we have Joan McElrea in 1935 sitting on Mrs.Scott's Knee with her daddy
Jack McElrea on her right, next to Jack is Joe Scott the bookworm.
On the left is Sam Scott with a kilt and on his lapel is a badge of a guitar,
next with the shotgun is Frank Scott and the faithful dog is unknown.
THE CUTTS 446
This area was called the Cutts and in the background is Lough Neagh.
The river to your right is the Sixmilewater river and you can also see the
Yatch club. Taken in the 1920's.
THE CUTTS 551
This photograph was coloured in by hand and turned into
a postcard the year is unknown.
Instead of it being called ' The Cutts ' it was called ' The
River Promenade ', Antrim.
THE MELODY MAKERS
Well here they are all ready to entertain the people
and guaranteed to get their feet tapping we have The Melody Makers, who were
at every dance venue there was.
There was not a tune or melody that they didn't know and during the 1940's
& 50's they were in great demand. Here you could dance to tunes you heard
on the radio for there were no CD's or Ipod's then.
At the back:we have John Nutt, Jimmy McCluney,
George Mahon, Billy Moore, James Clark and Les Allen.
In front: we have Alfie Rowan who is playing
what we called a Hawian guitar and finally on drums Robert Wylie. Alfie &
Robert worked in Holywell Hospital.
John Nutt lived in the Old Court House, the reason being was his mother was
the caretaker. John went on to set up his own band called "John Nutt
and the Rhythm Rascals".
THE CUTTS 734
Here you can see the start of the Yacht club on the Sixmilewater river as
it enters Lough Neagh.
The postcard is stamped: Antrim July year is unknown. To:
Miss L. Walker, Co'op Society, Yelshing Dept; Anniesland,
Reads: Having a great time Lizzie.even better
than I expected. Was away a drive on Saturday. A sail on Sunday. Going on
a pic - nic today. Will give you all news when I come home. Too good to write
on P.C. Jeannie.
THE CUTTS 86
This photograph taken from the Cutts shows you all the fishermen's boats all
tied up on the banks of the Sixmilewater river. In the distance you can see
the pier with most likely tourists waiting to get on one of the two pleasure
boats to have a trip on Lough Neagh. The year is unknown.
THE CENTRAL BAR 733
Owned by D. McAuley, The Central Bar was situated in Church Street. The photo
was taken in the mid 70's.
TAKING A BREAK 2109
We are at a local dance hall and the band is having a break. This gives Davis
Hannan who is in the band a chance to talk to his sweetheart May McQuillan.
Now back then when you stated going steady a boy would buy the girl a watch,
now whether this was so the girl would be on time or not I don't know. The
next thing he would buy would be the engagement ring and finally the Wedding
ring and this is exactly what Davis did!
THREE GENERATIONS 2146
Here we have three generations, from the left.Gran Annie Hamilton, Josephine
Wallace with daughter Marie and finally Gran Helen McMullan in 1958.
TAYLOR CHILDREN 2911
This young chap is local man Roy Taylor along with his sister Gwen Taylor
back in 1936, unfortunately when this picture was about to be taken Roy discovered
that he forgot his gloves, so someone kindly lent him a pair.
TAKING A REST 820
Sitting having a rest in 1957 on the Massereene Golf course before heading
off to the Lough Shore are Jim Alexander,Charlie
Clarke, John Kennedy,Albert Whiteside & Tommy Rainey.
TOWN COMMISSIONERS 172
- - - - These gentlemen were Antrim town's commissioners
who looked after the well being of the town back then. -
- -- In the back row we have J. McCabe, Mr. McKay, T. Cooper and J.L.
Clarke. In front are J. Carson, T. Coulter, Unknown, Unknown and Unknown.
They are standing outside Garron Tower Hotel which was along the Antrim Coast
road about 24 miles from Larne. Now the man that took this photograph is J.Beggs,
far right in the photograph above (1414) and the date is unknown.
THE CUTTS 735
Beachcombing on the banks of the Sixmilewater river is an old man and three
boys in 1907,
The postcard is stamped Jan 1908. To:
Miss Corry, Donacloney, Lurgan.
Reads: My Dear Ruby, I wish you could come and
see Antrim it is a lovely place. I hope you had a merry Xmas.
Love and kisses to Annie, Lily Aggie and yourself. XXX Milly.
This is Mr & Mrs Taggart having their photograph taken in their back garden,
they were Anna McCabe's grandparents.
THE CUTTS 133
This photograph was taken in 1911 and this area of the Sixmilewater river
was known as ' The Cutts ' or ' Corrigan's Cutts ' .
The Corrigans who operated the boats came from the Randalstown Road. Close
to this spot out on the Lough Kay Don practised with his speedboat "Miss
England" before making an attempt on the waterspeed record in 1931.
This is Abernety's Studios at 29 High Street Belfast where William Taggart
and his twin sister Elizabeth (Lily) Kelly from Parkhall had come to have
the photograph taken to send to Winnie Clarke, they are Winnie's Aunt and
My Thanks to Kelly Cook for the
TENDER BOAT 3127
It's 1941, we are in the grip of WWII and these men are doing their bit in
the fight against Nazism.
This Tender boat is one of two here on Lough Neagh and their job was to collect
the torpedoes after they had been tested in the lough.
Sitting on a table having their photograph taken are father and son in July
1916. The son on the left is called James A. Thompson and his father is called
S. Wellington Thompson. I do not know what they own or do but they seem to
be very prosperous at it.
The photograph which was made into a postcard was taken at J. Thompson. Photo
Artist, Groverenor House, Wellington Place, Belfast, ( Immediately opposite
THE ANTRIM WEAVING Co.Ltd.
These are the factory's choir girls pictured in the Castle Grounds in 1933
celebrating winning a cup at the Choir Festival.
Back row: are Nina Wallace, Neta Wallace, Agnes
Hannan, Mary Rodgers, Mary McCavley,Liz Fleming and rest are unknown.
Middle row: are Peg McBurney, Miss D. Clarke,
Tilly Hannan, Jeannie Baird and Lily Knox, rest are unknown.
Front row: are Liz Wallace, Liz Beggs, Anna Wallace,
rest are unknown.
THE ANTRIM WEAVING Co.Ltd.
The people in this photograph which was taken on the 2nd June 1939 are weavers
except for one who was the tinter.
It was taken in the winding room as the weavers room was too small, they are
celebrating getting a bonus for the work they had achieved thus the title
Back Row: Barbra Brown, Elizabeth Hannon, Meta
Wallace, Unknown, Nora Hannon, Tommy Hannon and Unknown.
Front Row: Elizabeth Law, Sarah McCraight, Edie
Hannon, Billy Adams, Martha Knox nee Cain, Mrs. Killen, Rosie Delaney, Unknown
and Tommy Fields the Manager.
THE ANTRIM WEAVING Co.Ltd. 588
This was taken in the winding room in 1939 as the weavers room was too small,
and the workers - - - - - -are celebrating getting
a bonus for the work they had managed to get through
hence - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - - - -the title 'No. 1 Share'. - - - - -
- - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - -Back row:
(from left) you can see Margaret Peel, Tilly Luke, Elizabeth Fletcher, Alec
Fleming, - - - -- - - - - - - -- - -- - - - -Tilly
Fletcher, Sarah Wallace and Rachel Cameron. - - - -
-- - - --- -Middle row: has Tommy Field
(Manager), Maggie Fletcher, Annie Fleming, Ellen Hume, Agnes -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Annesley, May Clarke, Kathy Graham and
Mary Hamill. -- - - - - - - - -Seated:
are Rachel Mawhinney, Letita Fleming, Margaret Rankin, Mrs. Richie, Jimmy
Cameron, Tilly Hannan, Beanie Ritchie and Kathleen Millar.
THORNHILL LODGE 467
This is Thornhill Lodge outside the Protestant Hall, in Railway Street on
the 12th July 1947.
The litte girl along with the members names are unknown.
TORPEDO FIRING RANGE 3126
This is the torpedo firing range with a tender along side in Lough Neagh close
to Antrim town during WWII back in 1941. It is now a bird sanctuary for Gulls
and Terns and you can see it today but the buildings are all gone. The torpedoes
were made in a factory just up the Randalstown Road where the Massereene Barracks
used to be. The torpedos were brought here to the firing range to be tested
on running distances between 1,000 and 3,000 yards. When the torpedo had gone
the distance it was designed for the motor would cut out and with a buoyancy
tank fitted to the front the torpedo would then float to the surface so they
could check the distance and then tender boats would go and retrive the torpedo.
Now it was an English man who came over with his wife and young son to take
charge of building the factory, the firing range and the Admiralty houses.
The son who was 12 at the time, his dad took him to the firing range and allowed
him to fire off a torpedo on the quiet, what excitement it must have been.
TAYLORSTOWN NORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL 1803
These are the pupils of Taylorstown North Primary School back in 1931 in the
summer for most are wearing sandals.
Back row: from the left
we have W. McMulholland, Unknown, Unknown, A. McCullough, H. Montgomery, W.
Jenkins, Unknown, B. McCammond & R. Gault.
Middle Row: is Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown,
Gordon Neeson, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, J. Jenkins & W. McDowell.
Seated: B. Rainey, J. Bates, R. Henry, D. Johnston,
L. McKee, M. McCullough, S. McCarty (has no shoes) and the rest are Unknown.
- - - - - - - - - -- - - - - -- - - - -- - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - On the ground:
the two boys are Unknown.
Now to the left of the pupils is a motorbike
and sidecar, was this used by one of the teachers or was it the photographer's?
TAYLORSTOWN NORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL 1804
It's now 1933 and here we have the pupils of Taylorstown North Primary getting
their school photograph taken. You can see a lot of the pupils are still at
the school from two years ago and some more have joined.
Back row: B. McCammond,
W.Jenkins, H. Montgomery, P. Rainey, Nellie Shaw, R. Gault, W. Mulholland
and A. McCullough.
Middle row: has J. Jenkins, W. McDowell, A. Barclay,
Gordon Neeson, W. Kelly, J. McKee & the rest are Unknown.
Seated: are B. Rainey, T. Rainey, S. McCartney,
L. McKee, M. McCullough, J. Barclay, D. Johnston, J. Bates and R. Henry.
Seated on the ground: are on the left J. Kennedy
and on the right H. Nicholl.
As you can see, two of the lads who while
well dressed they are in their bare feet, for shoes were an expensive item
Some families who did buy shoes, because they were so expensive they were
only worn on a Sunday to go to Church.
This is the Tir-na-nOg Team of 1947 getting their photograph taken.
are J McNally, J Heffron, D McKeown, P McLaughlin, J O'Hara, P Shannon, T
Shannon, R McGuigan, J Millar and J Logan.
Front row: is H McCormack,C Close,S Letters,J
P Shannon,A McCollum, J McAuley and S Martin.
Here we are at Ballycran with the Tir-na-nOg hurling team of 1947.
from the left are P. Doran, A. McCollum, C. Close, J. McNally, D. McKeown,
S. Letters, S. McVeigh, S. O'Kane and A. Martin.
Middle row: are Hugo McCormack, Harry McCormack,
S. Martin, H. McCollum and A. McVeigh.
On the ground: are P. O'kane, R. McGuigan, J.
Heffron, H. Shannon and J. O'Boyle.
THE ANTRIM WEAVING COMPANY 1947
- - This is the Winding department of The Antrim
Weaving Company getting their photograph - - - - - -
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - taken in 1939 for making their targets.
-- - - - - - - - - - - - -Back row:
we have Bella Hannan, Annie Craig, M Adams, Lizzie Barr, A O'Neill, S Cochran
and - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- -
- - - - - Peg McBurney. -
-- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Middle row: has Joe Scott
(Clerk of Works), Marty Kane, Ena Fleming, K Bates, Marjorie Law, J
- - - -- - Curry, Rowan Fleming, Agnes Hannan, Tilly Hannan and Tommy
Fields (Manager)- - - Seated:
are Alice Scott, M Coyles, B Kennedy, Bob Reid (Winding Manager), Unknown,
Mrs - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Coyles,
Annie Wallace and Emily Barr.- - - - - - - - - - - -
- - - --Kneeling: we have M Kane, J Hannan,
L Fee and Unknown.