Programme of Events

Meetings & Events

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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.

Event Information

20 February 2018 – Keith Leighton on The Bann Rowing Club

Keith gave an interesting talk on the oldest sporting club in Coleraine – the Bann Rowing Club founded in 1841. He spoke about 2 men who had made huge contributions – Tommy Glen, cox, and Bobby Platt, oarsman, cox and coach who received an M.B.E. in 2012. The boathouse was refurbished in 1992 and many

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16 January 2018 – William (Billy) Bones on Pantomimes

Thirty members and visitors braved a cold and snowy night to hear Billy Bones speak on his time in Coleraine pantomimes. He gave a short history of pantomime and explained some of the traditions e.g. “goodies” enter stage right and “baddies” enter stage left also audiences are encouraged to participate verbally in the drama. Billy

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17 October 2017 – Geoff Warke on Talbot Baines Reed

Talbot was born in London in 1852 and was a frequent visitor to Castlerock where he married Elizabeth Jane Greer in 1876. He also saved his cousin from drowning there. In addition to being in the type founding industry he became a writer of boys’ fiction and contributed to the Boy’s Own Paper and the

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17 June 2017 – Outing

We will visit Sinclair Seaman’s Church in Belfast, The Gasworks Museum in Carrickfergus and then the Moravian Village of Gracehill.  Lunch will be in the Chimney Corner. See News section for report and photographs.  

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16 May 2017 – Andrew Kane on the Town Book of Coleraine

In the early 19th century the original Town Book of Coleraine was compiled by John Claudius Beresford an  Irish Society agent. It was a detailed list of the town’s buildings, tenants and acres (agricultural holdings). Andrew’s book has made the original more “user friendly”. He has included information from several sources including the 1756 and

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Bann Disc Launch 2016

The launch of this year’s Bann Disc will take place on Wednesday 12 October 2016 in Coleraine Public Library, Queen Street, at 7.00pm. See BANN DISC section for photographs.

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17 May 2016 – Aaron Callan on the Beresford Family

Aaron spoke on Henry Barre Beresford, a relative of Tristram Beresford who came to Coleraine with the Plantation. He was born in 1781 and was the land agent to the Marquis of Waterford who owned land in the Limavady area. He was interested in agricultural husbandry and land improvement and was considered to be a

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19 April 2016 – Len Quigg on Robert Quigg V.C.

A very interesting talk attracted nearly 60 members and guests. Leonard spoke of his great uncle Robert from Bushmills who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in WW1. Robert, born in 1885, worked at Dundarave,  the MacNaughten estate in Bushmills. During the war he was batman(servant) to L/t Sir Henry MacNaughten who fell

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15 November 2016 – Peter Crawford on the Coleraine Hoard

Dr. Crawford’s illustrated  talk explained that the Coleraine Hoard was found buried in a field in Ballinrees near Coleraine in 1854. The Hoard consisted of over 1,000 Roman  silver coins and artefacts dating from the 5th century. Some of the coins were clipped i.e. defaced. As the Romans were not known to have come to

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17 January 2017 – Mark Doherty on The Battle of Jutland

Committee Member Anne-Marie Huston and Mark Doherty Mark spoke of his great uncle Patrick Joseph Doherty who lived at the Irish Houses, on the Castlerock Road, Coleraine. He joined the Royal Navy in 1915 and became a stoker, 1st class, on HMS Lion battlecruiser and flagship commanded by Vice-Admiral Beatty. The British fleet’s task was

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