Back row L to R: Nigel McIlwaine, Michael Thompson, Joanne Kennedy, Chris Kirkpatrick, Mike Jones. Front row: Diana Kirkpatrick, Barbara Harding, Anne-Marie Huston
Fifty four members and visitors attended the AGM and Dinner in the Lodge Hotel and it was an enjoyable evening. The after dinner speaker was Dr. John Kerr who entertained us with tales of his life as a G.P. in Garvagh
In the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours our member Jennifer Cunningham was awarded the B.E.M. for services to Local History in the Coleraine area.
Under the guidance of our member, Jim Hunter, 46 members and guests set out on Saturday 7 June 2014 on a wet morning. Our first visit was to Limavady Workhouse folowed by Ebrington Baracks in Londonderry. Alan Armstrong gave an excellent presentation on the history of the Barracks. After lunch in Clooney Hall the next stop was at Monreagh Heritage Centre in Donegal. Final stop of the day was at Ballykelly Presbyterian Church Hall for a 3 course dinner. A very enjoyable Outing.
Our AGM and 30th Anniversary Dinner were held on Tuesday 18 March 2014 in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine and 53 members and guests attended what was a very enjoyable evening. Our Chairman Pamela Henderson cut the anniversary cake. Member Jim Hunter gave an interesting illustrated talk on People and Places which covered the area of Eglinton to Coleraine. The Committee is unchanged from last year.
Our member Nigel McIlwaine received an O.B.E. for service to the Reserve Forces and community in Norther Ireland
In the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours our Chairman, Pamela Henderson, has been awarded an M.B.E. for services to health care.
Outing to Ballyscullion Park, near Bellaghy, and Broughshane Village, 1 June 2013
Our first stop was the home of the Mulholland family, Ballyscullion Park, where we had tea/coffee and scones and then were escorted around the house by Rosalind Mulholland. The house, designed by Charles Lanyon, dates from 1840. In a walk around the grounds we saw the foundations of the original building, built by Augustus Hervey, Earl Bishop of Derry, which date from 1789. The present house and grounds were used for training purposes by British and U.S. troops during WW2.
After lunch in Broughshane Community Centre we visited the Village Museum and walked in the wildfowl park. Our outing concluded with a meal in Drumadoon Restaurant at Cloughmills.
Broughshane Museum. Jim Nesbitt, Pamela Hutchinson, Jo Carter, Pat Fulton.
A recent article in the Coleraine Chronicle stated that there were plans to refurbish this dilapidated, historic building. Good news. This work has now started.
Update – the outside of the building has been painted and is looking very well. As yet the extension to the side has not commenced.
Several members of the Society attended this new exhibition on Friday 31 May 2013 which was opened by the Mayor of Coleraine. Garvagh was a private Plantation town established by the Canning family.
This was an excellent display on the Plantation which included artefacts from local archaeological digs. After a light lunch Nick Brannon gave a talk on Coleraine and the Plantation followed by a walk from the Town Hall into St. Patrick’s Church. A number of the Society’s members attended.