SHANE'S STREET 1398
On the right just off Shane's Street is the entrance to Shane's Castle in
1910. Over to the left is Shane's Lodge built in the early 1800, next door
Randalstown Post Office from 1807 to 1840 and was occupied by the Hill family.
In the distance the row of houses were Lord O'Neill's Estate workers
cottages, built in 1860 on the site of the original railway station.
SPENCE BROTHERS' TAXI 1403
Posing next to his taxi which is a 1920's Minerva and was built in Belgium
is George Spence who along with his brother Craig owned a petrol station on
New Street. Behind him are the buildings which form the Market yard which
hasn't changed since being rebuilt in 1982 after a fire gutted the old buildings.
During the Second World War units of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
stayed here and also the American soldiers.
BETTY SMYTH 2230
This is Betty Smyth at Barnish at Randalstown in 1959.
SCULLION CUP WINNERS 2546
Standing in the middle and so proud is Hubert Crossan back in 1985.
The reason being is son Damien on the and Mr Letters on the right have just
with the Scullion Pairs Winners Cup, well done lads.
Well here we are at the 'Den' (the old Tennis club Pavillion) in Dunmore Park
which is in the estate of Shane's Castle back in 1947.
These proud lads are some of 1st Randalstown Scout Group and from the left
are Jim Clarke, Hall Graham, Willy Mawhinney, Tom Smith, B Mawhinney, Cyril
Scott, Brian Waddell, Sam Scott, Pat Gardner, Laurence Graham and James Maxwell.
Now this what scouting was all about back in the 1940's here in the camp at
Tipperary Woods Newcastle. It's morning time here and these lads are having
a wash before breakfast in the Shimna River, lovely and cold and refreshing.
The lad standing at the back is Eddie Reid but the other two are unknown at
the moment unless you know them, let me know please.
SPENCE BROTHERS' PETROL STATION 1405
This is the Spence Brothers' petrol station which was on New Street next to
the police station which was on it's left. Established in 1930 they also sold
Cycles and repaired cars. Other businesses included taxis, funeral furnishers,
Auctioneers, Valuation specialists and also sold guns and ammunition. The
lad at the pumps is unknown also so is the price of petrol back then. I wonder
what looks like to me a Christmas tree in between the pumps doing there?
Up with the Larks and getting washed,shaved and whatever beside the Shimna
river before having breakfast here at the Scout camp in the Tipperary woods.
At the back we have Mr Curry, Pat Gardner, Tom Smyth, Curtis Weir, Sidney
Stewart, Unknown and Unknown. In front are Cyril Scott and with
his face all soap is Eddie Reid.
It's the 1940's and here we are in the grounds of Hollybrook House, which
is in Randalstown and is the home of the Webb family
In the back row are Willie Millar, Unknown, Mr Webb, Jimmy Hume, Harry
Graham, Unknown and Unknown. Included in the photo but I'm not sure where
they are, are Sammy Stewart, Philip Houston, Hall Graham, Bertie Johnston,
Master McNally, Arthur Smith and Nat Drennan.
Now if you know the Unknowns and the places where the boys are, please let
ST OLCAN FOOTBALL TEAM 3079
This is St. Olcan's High School, Randalstown football team in 1964, the
cup is unknown.
At the back on from the left are Francis Devlin, Des Denvir, Pat McNally,
Francis Duffin, Martin McCann, Johnny Marron, Billy Butcher, Freddie Dumigan,
Charlie Maguire and Eamom Murray.
Seated in front are Jackie McGuckian, Dessie McAteer, Pat McCorley Pat Storey
(Capt), Martin Smyth, Dan Allen and Seamus
St.Olcan's High School Randalstown opened in 1958 but in 2006 it was combined
with St. Malachy's High School to become St Benedict's College.
The above information was given to me by Pat Storey.
SUNDAY DANDER 1900
Out for a dander on a Sunday in Randalstown and perhaps hoping to click with
some lucky lassie, the lads stopped to have their photograph taken, On the
left is Bobby Heatley, then Dermot Letters, towering above them all as he
would do in later years in the political arena is Bobby Loughran who became
Lord Mayor of Antrim and finally Danny Letters.
MARY SCULLION 3264
This is Mary Scullion who from an early age started to play the violin and
as you can see Mary here in 1916 never got tired of playing the violin.
Apparently Mary's playing was so beautiful that she emigrated to America.
This by the way is not a photograph but a chalk drawing on hardboard.
THE SCULLIONS 3259
Looking very smartly dressed we have Tommy Scullion and his lovely wife Molly
Now if anyone knows more about them please let me know.
THE SCULLIONS 3262
Sitting in a studio having their photograph back in 1913 just one year before
war erupted in Europe. This is Eward Scullion and his wife Margaret Scullion.
SHANES CASTLE PRIMARY SCHOOL 3308
Here we are with another school photos so I need you to get your heads together
and sort out the names as to where they are in the photograph plus if you
know anymore names. It is Shane's Castle Primary Schoollwith the class of
1951 being recorded for prosperity.
The headmaster was Mr McKitterick and he lived lived in the school house,
the lady teacher is Unknown.
Standing at the extreme right in the second row is Robin Holmes proudly showing
off his tie. His brother seated in front of him is wearing one also, what
is so special about the ties is that they came from an uncle in America and
has an Indian's head hand painted on them.
Now elsewhere in the photograph are the following pupils: Doris and Elda McDonald
whose daddy is a local farmer, Charlie and Margaret Smith, Bobby and Pauline
TOMMY SCULLION 3318
Once more we have the good old school photograph where the photographer just
seemed to appear and take them and of course us boys did not put on
nice clothes to to school like the girls did. This is a young Tommy Scullion
having his photograph taken and it was not during the summer.
SHANES CASTLE 3431
Here at Shanes Castle in Randalstown in July 1931 we are looking at the castle
walls where the cannon are situated looking out over Lough Neagh where many
naval battles were fought. Now perched quite happily on one of the cannons
is 16 year old Sally Gillan looking very pretty. While behind her holding
her safely is her Uncle Dan Magill.
LIZZIE SKELTON 3432
All smiles for the camera in all her refinery is Lizzie Skelton from Randalstown
back in 1920. Lizzie had travelled from Randalstown to Belfast to the studio
of C. Christopher at 112, Royal Avenue and looking at the photograph it was
well worth it.
SINGERS OF THE SIXTIES 3434
Here singing in the clubs and bars in the sixties on the left singing his
heart out is Davy Graham while playing the guitar is Joe Herbison.
SHANE'S CASTLE 3579
Last week the Antrim Guardian carried a feature on the links between Sane's
Castle and Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond - so what better time to
run this striking portrait of the grand old building? This picture was taken
before the levels of Lough Neagh were lowered, but it's all the more dramatic
to see the ancient walls rising from the water.