Randalstown Historical Society held its AGM on Thursday 3 January when Dr Selbert Rainey stepped down from the Chair having served a three-year term. He is replaced by Mrs Isobel Montgomery who has served on the Executive Committee for a number of years. After the AGM the members heard a talk from John Sheldon of Templepatrick Historical Society on the history of Loughanmore House and its owners down the years.
The February meeting, taking place on Thursday 7th, will have an archaeological theme with Claire Foley talking about the excavation of Creggandevesky Court Tomb in County Tyrone, providing a glimpse into prehistoric Ireland.
One of our own members, Ellen O’Boyle, will be the speaker at the meeting on 7 March. The local Gaelic Club, Tír na nÓg, celebrates its centenary in 2019 so Ellen will be talking about the Club’s first hundred years.
The season will come to an end with a talk on Thursday 4 April on the history of the Glenarm Estate by estate manager, Adrian Morrow.
All talks take place in Arches Community Hall on the first Thursday of the month at 8.00 pm. New and returning members will be made very welcome
Randalstown Historical Society’s first meeting of the the 2018-19 season will take place in Arches Community Hall on Thursday 6 September at 8.00 pm when Dr Ron Bishop from Carrickfergus will make a return visit, this time to give a talk on a Victorian Childhood in East Antrim.
New and returning members will all be welcome. In addition to the modest annual membership fee, those attending are asked to contribute £1 at each meeting to help defray expenses.
Details of meetings taking place during the remainder of the season can be found on our Programme page.
Twenty-four members of Randalstown Historical Society had an enjoyable day on Saturday 12 May visiting St. Nicholas’s Church in Carrickfergus and the Railway Museum in Whitehead. Guided tours were provided in both locations the sunny weather was an added bonus!
The meeting due to take place tonight, 1 March, has been cancelled owing to the weather conditions. Our speaker was coming some distance and the area where she lives has had heavy snow. We will try to re-book her for next season.
Meanwhile, the final meeting of the current season will take place on Thursday 5th April when Peter Dawson, formerly of the Ordnance Survey, will talk about mapping in Northern Ireland.
There are changes to the programme for final two meetings of the season at Randalstown Historical Society. Laura Spence’s talk on The Rhyming Weaver Poets, originally scheduled for our April meeting, will now take place on Thursday 1 March. The speaker at the meeting on 5 April will be Peter Dawson on the theme of Mapping in Northern Ireland.
This year’s outing will take place on Saturday 12 May and we will be visiting St Nicholas’s Church in Carrickfergus, the subject of our February meeting, followed by a visit to the new Railway Museum at Whitehead where we will have lunch and a tour of the collection.
As distances are not too great we will not be hiring a bus but car-pooling will be arranged for those who wish to share.
For full details of the itinerary and costs contact Linda Houston.
The programme for Randalstown Historical Society’s forthcoming season is now winging its way to our members and promises a varied menu of interesting topics.
The season kicks off on Thursday 7 September with a talk from George Busby on The Secret Listeners of Gilnahirk, the story of the wireless station that has been described as Northern Ireland’s best kept secret of World War II and which linked to the work of the Code Breakers at Bletchley Park.
October’s talk, taking place on the 5th, will be presented jointly by The Hon. Fionn O’Neill Morgan, formerly of Shanes Castle, and James Kane from the O’Neill Country Historical Society. They will talk about O’Neill places and personalities, including French John, the wool trader who inherited Shanes Castle.
The November talk will be given by Valerie Adams from the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland. She will talk about what the Society’s library can offer to family history researchers.
The subjects for other talks for the remainder of the season include Mapping in Northern Ireland, a talk on St Nicholas’s Church in Carrickfergus, Belfast in the nineteenth century and the Ulster Weaver Poets.
All talks take place in Arches Community Hall on the first Thursday of the month at 8.00 pm. New and returning members will be made very welcome.
As part of Randalstown Arches Community Festival, Randalstown Historical Society is offering family history taster sessions in Randalstown Library on Tuesday 20 June. Members of the Historical Society will be on hand to provide some tips on how to get started in tracing your ancestry using the wealth of information freely available via the Internet. Sessions can be pre-booked between 2.00 and 4.30 and from 5.30 to 7.30 or just drop in any time during those hours.
To book in advance contact Linda Houston on 94472874 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A Local History Open Day will also be going on all day in the library and will include old photographs and other materials provided by Randalstown Historical Society.