Programme of Events
Meetings & Events
Restart September 2021
Due to COVID-19 restrictions all the meetings are now Zoom. If you need guidance to join using Zoom please use the “Contact Us” form on the website and state your contact details and we’ll be in touch asap.
Our meetings are normally held on 3rd Tuesday of the month in:
Sandel Centre, 6 Knocklynn Road, Coleraine, BT52 1WT
@ 7.30 pm unless otherwise stated. There are no meetings in July, August nor December.
Visitors are very welcome at all our meetings.
Admission for non-member is £3.00. This includes tea/coffee and biscuits after the meeting.
21 September 2021 Emigration from Ireland DR LINDE LUNNEY Biopic Linde Lunney grew up in north Antrim, and after Bushmills Grammar school, went on an exchange programme
The Castlerock Poisoning Sensation Speaker Geoff Warke, Chair Coleraine Historical Society Tuesday 15th June 2021 7.30pm Geoff`s story tells of a dramatic incident, described in many newspapers as a `sensation`, that gripped the small village of Castlerock in 1892. Seeking to purchase an ingredient for a summer cordial, the local Presbyterian minister Rev Dr William
Tuesday 18 May 2021 The History of the NW 200 Mervyn White The talk covers the race from its inception in 1929 up until the 90th anniversary which took place in 2019. It contains very interesting information covering the 90 years with up to date details on the management of the North West 200 today.
Tuesday 20 April 2021 Homes for Heroes Nigel Henderson In this presentation, Nigel Henderson will be talking about the cottages built for veterans of in the Coleraine and Portrush districts in the 1920s. The talk will include a brief background to the cottage-building scheme and brief details of the numbers of cottages built in
16 March 2021 – AGM (Annual General Meeting) and Some Light “Varied” Entertainment double act The Two B’s BILLY BONES & BRIAN SIMPSON Watch this Space!
16 February 2021 – `The First 100 Years of C.R.F.C & H.C. – More Than a Rugby John Logan will talk on One Hundred Years of Coleraine Rugby Football, Cricket and Hockey Club. John is a Retired School Principal, University Teacher and Education Adviser and has been a Member of C.R.F. C and H.C. since
Professor Thomas G. Fraser MBE is Emeritus Professor of History at Ulster University. Educated at the University of Glasgow (MA, Ewing Prize) and the London School of Economics (PhD in International History), he came to the New University of Ulster in Coleraine in 1969, retiring as Provost of the University of Ulster’s Magee campus in
24 November 2020 – Launch of The Bann Disc, Vol 26 Zoom Lunch Zoom launch of our annual journal – The Bann Disc, Volume 26. The Bann Disc reflects on the fantastic wealth of history and heritage that exists in the greater Coleraine area and is a compilation of articles, stories and photographs from
17 November 2020 – The Robert Anderson Memorial Talk It is hard to believe that two years have passed since the untimely death of Robert Anderson, our previous Chairman, on 4 November 2018. As a tribute to Robert, our November talk was thereafter designated The Robert Anderson Memorial Talk. This year, for the second such
20 October 2020 – OLD COLERAINE ELECTIONS Andrew is a Trustee of the North of Ireland Family History Society and active member their Causeway Coast and Glens Branch. He is also a member of several other local history groups in the Coleraine area where his family have lived for at least 12 generations. He
Some Memories of the Derry Central Railway While most of us are familiar with Billy`s long association with pantomime in Coleraine, perhaps not so many will know that Billy started his working life on the railway, with much of his early career spent on the Derry Central line between Macfin and Magherafelt It was Billy`s
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
18 February 2020 – Mike Jones on The Lost Gardens of Dunboe An illustrated talk by Mike Jones. Mike will talk about Sir Hervey Bruce, 4th Baronet and his wife Lady Ellen. She died in 1891 and 2 gardens were created in her memory in the secluded area skirting the south side of the Old
Over 60 members and visitors attended this most interesting talk. Mark, who works for Dalriada Kingdom Tours, spoke on the early people of the Causeway and their occupations. The first person to drive a pony and trap down to the Causeway in the early C19th was Alec Purdy. Among the activities were kelp gathering, (to
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
Hugh gave an interesting and detailed history of Royal Portrush Golf Club from its beginning until the hosting of the Open this year. 1888 was its founding year as a 9 hole course and members were by invitation. The Railway Co. was a sponser. In 1889 it was decided to form an 18 hole course