Programme of Events

Meetings & Events


The programme of talks start on  18 January 2022.


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.

Event Information

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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20 October 2015 – Stanley Bate – Life on the River Bush and Showband Days

A very well attended meeting heard Stanley’s first talk –  an illustrated journey from the source of the River Bush to its entrance at the sea at Portballintrae. Many bridges were crossed – Magherahoney, Langford, Stranocum, Conagher, Stroan, Bellisle, Victoria (built in 1874 by Robert Montgomery), Benvardin, Seneril, New Bridge (built by the MacNaghtens) and

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15 September 2015 – Dr. Olwen Purdue – Big Houses

Over 50 members and visitors heard this talk on large estates in the C19th and how they flourished and then declined. Landlords had wealth and position in society – political influence in Parliament and Court. It was a deferential society with regard to tenant and landlord. From 1880 agrarian unrest prompted Land Reform with fair

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