16 April 2019 – Ken McCormack on the Bruces of Downhill

Over 50 people (visitors and members) attended our much loved speaker Ken and his talk on the Bruces of Downhill Castle.   The House was built in the late 18th century by the Earl Bishop and was occupied by 4 generations of the Bruce family some of whom were...

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19 March 2019- AGM, Dinner and Quiz

This will be held in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine starting promptly at 6pm with the meal at 6.30pm. The after-dinner quiz will be conducted by John and Dorothy Moore. Guests are welcome. See NEWS section for report.

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19 February 2019 – Billy Bones on Coleraine Pantomimes

In January 2018 our member Billy Bones gave a talk on Pantomime in Coleraine, however, it was a dreadful night with snow and ice so the attendance was low. Billy very kindly agreed to re-do his presentation. He explained that pantomime originated in ancient Rome,...

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15 January 2019 – Jeremy Lewis on the Riverside Theatre

Jeremy, who had been house manager of the theatre, gave a most interesting and entertaining account of its history. An enthusiastic member of the Steering Group formed (1972 -76) to found the theatre was the vice-chancellor's wife - Mrs Burgess. Peter Morrow was the...

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16 October 2018 – Geoff Warke on Portrush Mining District

This was a very well attended talk by members and visitors. Geoff, who worked for the Geological Survey for many years, commenced his talk with an overview of bauxite, coal, iron ore, lignite and salt mining in N.Ireland. There are historical references to lignite...

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18 September 2018 – Norman Thorpe on Coastal Defences

A good attendance for the first meeting of the season heard Norman Thorpe of the Shackleton Aviation & Space Museum, give an illustrated talk on RAF Ballykelly which was opened in June 1941. (It was 1 of 5 airfields in the area - Eglinton, Maydown, Mullaghmore and...

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23 June 2018 (Saturday) – Outing

This year's outing will be to Dunmore House, Carrigans, Donegal followed by St.Columb's Park and Ashbrook House in Derry/Londonderry. See NEWS section for report and photos.

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15 May 2018 – Alison McCaughan on the 1718 Migration

Alison explained the reasons for the 1718 migration from the Dunboe area to America also the conditions they met on arrival. Presbyterians and Roman Catholics felt persecuted by the Church of Ireland to which they had to pay tithes. Poor harvests and famine were an...

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