Coleraine Historical Society News

25 August 2020 -1st Zoom Meeting – Discovering Mountsandel

 Coleraine Historical Society’s First  ZOOM Meeting 25 August 2020 – Discovering Mountsandel   Rachael Garrett has been Secretary of Mountsandel Discovery and Heritage Group (MDHG) since its establishment in 2017. She has a keen interest in local history and the archaeology of Causeway Coast and Glens. As a result, Rachael has pursued a career in

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Harry Gregg

The well known  footballer from Coleraine passed away on 17 February 2020 aged 87.

Harry spoke to our Society on 17 November 2009

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12 November 2019 -Launch of Bann Disc Volume 25

    The launch of volume 25 2019 took place in the Sandel Centre on Tuesday 12 November 2019 at 7pm and the event was well attended. Chairman Geoff Warke welcomed members and guests and thanked the editorial committee for the production of this year’s journal. The guest speaker was Helen Perry of Causeway Coast

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Outing – 21 September 2019

15 members of the Society visited St. Paul’s Church in Articlave, built in 1691. We were the first group to take the newly established heritage tour conducted by the organist Brian Simpson.

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Outing 22 June 2019

The first day after the summer solstice presented fine weather for our small but enthusiastic group which set off on the outing under the sure guidance of Maurice, our Causeway Coach driver.

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AGM and Dinner 2019

Our AGM and Dinner, held on 19 March 2019 in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine, was well attended by members and guests. Our Chairman, Geoff Warke, gave a review of the year and included a tribute to our late Chairman, Robert Anderson. After the elections to committee (see About Us page 3) an excellent meal was

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Re-Opening of Coleraine Library

The newly refurbished Coleraine Library was officially opened on Thursday 7 February 2019 by H.R.H. Princess Anne. Members of the Historical Society were invited to be in attendance in the newly formed Heritage Room which contains Local History and Family History material.  

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Member’s 100th Birthday Celebration

Norman arriving with his son and daughters Our member Norman Irwin celebrated his 100th birthday on 17 November 2018. A lunch, which was held in the Bushtown House Hotel, was attended by over 100 guests including the Mayor, Lord Lieutenant and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Co. Londonderry. Norman received a card from the Queen and

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Robert Anderson

It is with great sadness that we report the sudden death of our Chairman Robert Anderson. Robert passed away on Sunday 4 November 2018 after a short illness. He was a life long member of the Society, a committee member, frequent contributor to the Bann Disc and this year its new editor. Robert published many

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Outing 23 June 2018

28 members and visitors had an enjoyable outing on a pleasant sunny day. Our guide for the day was Mr. Ken McCormack who joined us at our first destination, Dunmore House, Carrigans, Donegal. Here we were met by Lady McFarland who occupies the house. After tea and scones we were told of the history of

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AGM and Dinner 2018

Anne-Marie Huston, Chairman Robert Anderson, Mike Jones, Speaker John McNally, Diana Kirkpatrick, Chris Kirkpatrick 56 members and guests enjoyed a meal in the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine on Tuesday 20 March 2018. Robert Anderson was re-elected as Chairman and 4 new committee members, Jim McCleary, Bill Wilsdon, Ken Parkes and Geoff Warke, were elected to fill

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Book Launch by a Member

Coleraine Town Hall on Saturday 11 November 2017 was the venue for our member Ronnie Gamble to launch his latest book along with joint author Keith Ferguson. Champions of the Bann is a history of the Bann Rowing Club from 1841 to 1987. From left: Betty Bones, Diana Kirkpatrick, Billy Bones (President of BRC), Ronnie

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Outing 17 June 2017

Twenty nine members and guests went on the Outing. Our first stop was Sinclair Seamen’s Church in Corporation Square, Belfast. A most interesting church which was built in 1857 and contains many maritime artefacts including the bell from HMS Hood (WW1), a ship’s wheel and capstan, an incliner, binnacle, ship’s log and an anchor. Our

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AGM and Dinner 2017

Our AGM and Dinner were held in the Lodge Hotel Coleraine on Tuesday 21 March 2017. The existing committee was re-elected with Robert Anderson taking over the Chair from Barbara Harding. Sixty-six members and guests enjoyed an excellent meal followed by John Moore’s  illustrated talk on the changing face of Portrush. In 1837 the first

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