SETTING THE SPUDS 1186
Here's a backbreaking job for you, setting the spuds - nothing to beat home
Getting the job done we have Robert Woods and William Pairs way back in 1948.
SCOTT FAMILY 1226
This is Tony Scott standing outside Ivy's house which was No.80 in December
1965. With him is his lovely wife Eleanor and their daughter Linda.
Now Tony's drainpipes take me back, 12" bottoms and Eleanor's mini skirt
and white ankle socks, Ah, those where the days.
SUNDAY BEST 1224
All dressed in their Sunday best out at Randalstown are Maxie Millar, Celia
Kirkpatrick and Eleanor with her brother Jim Millar in 1955.
In the background standing beside the water barrel looking on is Celia's mum.
St PATRICK'S FLUTE BAND 1424
The year is 1905, it is Saint Patrick's Day and standing outside St. MacNissi's
Church in Randalstown.
The inscription on their caps reads "God Save Ireland" and at the
back their banner is really a large flag.
The only known member is Larry McKeown on the far right who played the triangle.
SHANE'S CASTLE GROUNDS 2186
This photograph was taken in the grounds of Shane's Castle.
The year is unknown and so are the riders who appear to be taking part in
a motorbike race.
CUB SCOUTS 2542
Here in a field of buttercups we have Randalstown Cub Scouts who were camping
at Blackrock Point, Lough Neagh.
The leaders and senoir scouts who were helping are at the back from the left
Claire McMaster, Unknown, Seamus Magill, Martin McCormack, Francis Butler,
Karl O'Hagan, Susan Logan and P J Butler.
Some of the Cub Scouts who were there are Brian Todd, Michael McBrien, Gary
McAllen, Brian Logan and Stephen Richardson.
Now if you know the names of the rest of the cubs and where the cubs above
are in the photograph, please let me know.
CUB SCOUTS 2538
It's the County Antrim Cub Scout Fun Day and we are in the grounds of Shane's
As you can see a Tug O' War is going on the at the minute and just look at
the of effort the first cub scout to make sure they win.
Sadly at the moment his name and the rest of his team and year are unknown,
unless you know better. If you do please let me know.
SHANE'S CASTLE GROUNDS 1581
This stone bridge with its iron railings was built over the Maine river in
Shane's Castle Grounds. The year is unknown.
SHANE'S CASTLE 1582
It is 1922 and the 'Troubles' is raging. Shane's Castle is attacked and burned
down thinking that Lord O'Neill was there.
As these two photographs show all that was left was an empty shell.
SHANE'S CASTLE GROUNDS 1587
This photograph of Shane's Castle clearly shows the renovation work that has
been done and now looks splendid.
SHANE'S CASTLE 1533
Here we are in the grounds of Shane's Castle and at the tennis courts where
the Gentlemen and Ladies were having a game of Lawn tennis.
Look at the dresses the ladies are wearing it must have been a great effort
to play, then after all it was 1875 and Ladies still remembered they were
SHANE'S CASTLE 1560
This magnificent display of Staffordshire Cream Jugs on the back wall in the
kitchen used to be in the Old Shane's castle that was burned down deliberately.
The bowls on the table with lips to them were for skimming the cream off the
milk and of course it went into the Staffordshire Cream Jugs.
SHANE'S CASTLE 1589
This aerial photograph shows you Shane's Castle and the adjoining buildings.
As you can see they have greenhouses and vegetables all growing for their
SHANE'S CASTLE 1561
This aerial photograph shows the ruins of the original Shane's Castle and
in the distance you can Shane's castle of today.
SHANE'S CASTLE 1534
This is Shane's Castle photographed at 10.05 in the morning the year is unknown.
It shows the splendour of the castle with the inposing castle gates on which
sit two lions on guard, over to the right is the main entrance to the Castle.
SHANE'S CASTLE ROCKERY 1532
Looking along the pathway in the grounds of Shane's Castle in 1869 you can
see why this area was known as 'The Rockery'.
The man sitting is Dennis McFaul who maintained and looked after the rockery.
Hanging from Dennis's coat is a chain with two large keys, what they were
for is unknown and in 1879 Dennis passed away but never to forgotten.
SHANE'S CASTLE ROCKERY 1531
This is part of the Rockery that used to be at Shane's Castle in 1894 Sitting
admiring the rockery in all it's splendour that September is Henry O'Neill.
SHANE'S CASTLE 1587
This photograph of Shane's Castle clearly shows the renovation work that has
been done and now looks splendid.
SHANE'S CASTLE 1529
This group photograph of which no one is known was taken at the front of Shane's
Castle in 1860, it looks like the people are getting ready for a bit of music.
Now if we look closely I think the lady with the Accordion, the Violinist
next to her and in front the Flutist are not the musicians but only posing.
All the young girls seen to have on the same type of cloaks must have been
the fashion of the day but their bonnets are different of course.
The Irish Wolfhound is relaxing while the terrier can't sit still and is blurred
just like the horse who has shook his head and made the man holding him move.
SHANES CASTLE RALLY 1970
Wondering what is going on is Mervyn Johnston at his first Steam Rally at
Shanes Castle in 1974.
His Granny Sheena McNally decided that because he already could see and smell
what was going on she decided Mervyn needed to feel the experience so she
sat him on the wheel of a Steam Traction engine.
SHANE'S CASTLE RAILWAY 2473
Just look at the excitement these girls faces as they enjoy travelling on
the Shane's Castle railway back in the 70's.
On the left we have Lorriane Hutchins, then Angela and Pamela Rantin.
SHANE'S CASTLE 1518
This photograph was taken in the Shane's Castle which was set on fire during
the troubles in 1922. Sadly this beautiful organ was destroyed along with
hundreds of other precious items. This organ was not on display but was lovingly
used by the Hon Anne O'Neill when the organ was installed at the Castle.
The Hon Anne O'Neill later lived in Tullymore Lodge, Broughshane where she
played the organ in the local Parish Church.
SHANE'S CASTLE STEAM RALLY 2472
It's the 70's and here we are in the grounds of Shane's Castle for the steam
Here having their photograph taken in front of "The Banshee" are
Angela and Pamela Rantin
while little Lorraine Hutchins is totally mesmerized by what's going on.
SHANES CASTLE RALLY
Enjoying the day out at Shane's Castle Steam Rally by having their photograph
taken in front of a traction engine back in 1974. We have on the left twins
Paul and Lawrence McNally with their mum Sheena McNally. Now the other little
lad Brian Dougherty was bound to there for his father was a great steam enthusiast
Jimmy Doherty who also worked at Shane's Castle.
We are in Shane's Castle Estate around August 1950 and these scouts are attending
the Antrim District Camp.
The scouts names are Brian Waddell, Laurence Graham, Sidney Stewart, Basil
French, Douglas Savage and Cyril Scott.
The guys are really chuffed for they were the winners of the Antrim District
Camping Competition and presented with the S R Gardner Shield.
In the fields behind them you can see the good old fashioned haystacks.
This is 1st Randalstown Scout Group at Randalstown Railway Station on the
12th May 1937 waiting for their train to take them to Belfast. From there
they will go to Balmoral Showgrounds to take part in an Historical event.
It was the Royal visit of H M King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
On the left we have Joe Craig, then Sam Woods, Alex Graffin, Bertie McAllen,
D Storey, W Hume, N A Craig, R Campbell, J Hill, J Miller, C French, B Rainey
and standing proudly showing his medals is Samuel Manning.
JIM SMYTH 1657
Standing in front of the lorry in Germany is Jim Smyth way back in 1955.
SMYTH CLAN 1656
Standing getting their photograph taken by their daddy Jim Smyth in 1975 we
have Mandy, Drew, David and clutching her doll is Roberta.
SHANE'S CASTLE 1349
This is not the original Shane's Castle the ruins of which are on the foreshore
of Lough Neagh. This was built in 1864 by Charles Lanyon to replace the first
castle which accidently caught fire and was burned to the ground in 1855.
Then on the 25th of May 1922 this castle burned down by the I.R.A.because
they thought that Sir Hugh O'Neill, the first Speaker of the new Northern
Ireland Parliament lived there.
St BRIDGETS CHOIR 2779
This beautiful photograph taken at one of the coastal resorts and is of St.Bridgets
Choir on an outing in the 1900's.
At the moment no names are known.
SELFRIDGE WEDDING 2800
Well its Thursday 25th February 1971 and we are here at the Chimney Corner
for a Wedding reception.
It's for the Groom John Selfridge who is sitting on the wall of the Wishing
Well and beside him his lovely Bride Flora Selfridge nee McClean.
Apparently when John first met her he tried to butter her up until he found
out her name was Flora!
St MACNISSIS PRIMARY SCHOOL 2673
This is St MacNissis Primary School Randalstown and it's the turn of P2 class
to have their class photograph taken in 1971.
In the back are Column Carville, Margaret Bradley, Jean McGroggan, Patrina
Robb, Damien Devlin, Kevin Graffin, Sean McCann, James Loughran, Brenda Kerr,
Brenda McLoughlin, Anne Marie Loughran, Pauline McAllyn and Eugene McCellaghan.
In the middle row we have the teacher Miss Devlin, Maria Totten, Sharon Sommers,
Eileen Martin, Anne Marie McKeown, Marie McCormack, Anne Clugston, Rita McVeigh,
Sharon Letters, Anne Sommers, Pauline Toal, Marion Boyd, Bridget Totten, Jacqualine
McKeown and Anne Reynolds.
Seated on the ground are Colummn Martin, Noel McKillen, John C McCann, Damien
McKay, Martin McMahon, Ivan Sommers, Paul Swann, Peter Magill, Gerard Robb
and Brenda Daws.
Caught on camera trying to have a quiet lie-in is Pat Gardner back in the
Pat who was in the Scouts was at the Summer camp at Tipperary Woods Newcastle.
STAFFORDSTOWN P.E. SCHOOL 1989
These are the pupils of Staffordstown Primary Education School just outside
Randalstown in 1936.
At the back on the left is Master McIntyre, then Unknown, Ruby Murphy (Dales),
Miss Pearson and Unknown.
Seated at the front are Unknown, Unknown, Thompson Bailey, David Bailey who
became a Minister in Bangor, Unknown, Unknown and Bobby Evans.
SHANES CASTLE GROUNDS 1888
Seen here in Shanes Castle grounds the men have stopped their work so that
the photographer could take the picture.
The only man known is Henry Fleming and he is second from the right in the
foreground. As you can see it takes four men to cut down the tree with the
two men on the outside pulling on ropes attached to the saw. In front of them
is a small sledge hammer and a wedge this is used as the saw gets deeper into
the tree and takes the pressure of the saw.
These spectators are watching a Gaelic football match but have turned round
to have their photo taken. Now does anybody know who they are with their various
styles of dress : the Jackie Kennedy, the Hippie, the Plain and the Beatle.
SAILOR BOY 2034
Standing on the deck of his ship is Owen last name is unknown.
This is the 1st Randalstown Scouts being photographed at Hollybrook, Randalstown
Now the leader back then were Sammy Bell, Jim Hume and L Beach.
The scouts in no particular order are Jackie McNally, Bertie Mawhinney, Pat
Gardner, Norman Graham, Hall Graham, Sammy Stewart, Noel Craig, Gardner Johnston,
Brian Cairns Willie Mawhinney, Ernie Craig, Bertie Johnston, Bobbie McKitterick,
Philip Houston, Ronnie Davis, Warren Clarke,
Harold Smith, Jack Gordon, Hector McConaghey, Nat Drennan and Val Houston.
The two dogs are unknown, in front of the dog in the middle you will see some
white dots, in fact they are marbles one of the scouts was playing with. If
you can place the names with the faces please let me know.
SPREADING THE WORD 2093
This is Margaret Livingstone then aged 30 and Molly McGregor spreading the
word of God across Scotland and the north of England in 1903.
Margaret was born in 1873 at Ballydunmauh near Randalstown, at the age of
23 Margaret joined the Faith Mission in December 1896 and devoted the rest
of her life to helping others walk with the Lord.
STAFFORDSTOWN P.E. SCHOOL 1991
This is Staffordstown Primary Elementary School outside Randalstown in the
At the back we have Mrs Dale, Willie Reid, Laura Chesney, Emily Nesbitt, Martha
Hawthorne, Irene Gilbert and Robert Baillie.
The middle row has Winston Pearson, Alex Hume, Jim McCrory, Willie Nesbitt,
Margaret Hume, Florence Nesbitt, Phylis French and Willie French.
Seated are Ian Kidd, Alex Reid, Sammy Hawthorne, George Richardson, Eddie
Wolsey, Hillis Gilbert, Ruth Chesney and Lily Nesbitt.
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If you had gone down in the woods today back in May 1946 you would have had
a big surprise for the Randalstown Rover Scouts where out camping.They were
in Shane's Castle grounds and at the back are Noel Craig, Gardener Johnston
and Pat Gardner.
Kneeling in front are Jim Clarke, Unknown and Willie Mawhinney
Here we are on the sea wall at Portrush around 1945 and the scouts are having
their photograph taken with some of the locals. The scouts names are Jim Clarke,
Philip Houston, Nat Drennan, Tommy Young, Jack French, Sammy Cullen and Georgie
I forgot to tell you the name of the scout group, well look at the photo and
you should be able to tell me, still don't know? They are called ROVER Scouts
It's 1940, and World War II is still raging on but that doesn't stop these
scouts enjoying themselves by preparing for an Antrim District camp.
Reversing into the camp stite is the lorry with the tents on board and to
give a hand to unload them and get them put up we have Unknown, Robin Steele
(1st Muckamore), Jimmy Shannon (1st Dunadry) and finally Hall Graham (1st
It must be summer time and this young scout from Randalstown in the camp is
building a dresser with a mug tree back in the 40's.
Now where it was taken, the year and the scouts name are all unknown to me
unless you know who it is.
We're at Portrush and it's the 1930's and this a Scout Group day trip and
you can just see the excitement on the boys faces waiting to go off and explore.
They're just not sitting here to have their photograph taken but to tuck into
the biggest pile of sandwiches I have ever seen. Now behind the Austin car
whose owner is a member of the AA with a shirt and tie on is the Scout Leader
Jimmy Hume. Amongst the Scouts present are Hall Graham, Bertie McAllen and
Norman Graham, now where they are in the photograph is another thing. If you
know where they are and any other scouts names please let know. Also the two
the ladies deserve recognition for the sumptuous feast they have laid on.
Finishing off their breakfast before the days events begin here at the Scout
camp in the Tipperary woods back in the 1940's
On the left buttering a piece of bread is Tom Smyth while Lawrence Graham
finishes off what's in the Billy can.