Randalstown OC Presbyterian Church had a farmhouse supper in 1968.
This is the scene that greeted the guests but whether Joe Hill, Jim Fletcher,
George Spence and James Drummond played the instruments is unknown.
FAMILY GATHERING 1198
It's the 1930's and in this group photo at the back in Unknown and William
Then we have Granny Jean Millar and her famous white pinny, Unknown, Unknown
and James Millar. The unknowns are believed to be relatives visiting.
FANCY DRESS PARADE 1396
At this fancy dress parade at Randalstown in 1946 the donkey (which is the
middle) knows who is the best one there!
After the Second World War this became an annual event throughout villages
and towns in the North. Some of the people I have spoken to would love to
see it started up again and it was always great fun. They also raised money
for different causes and one time they purchased a car for the local district
nurse which had been organised by Miss Florence Walker, Jack Purce and the
Rev.William Hanna. This bunch of happy people in the parade were known as
Tom McVeigh and his merry band of "Gypsies". On the left is May
Saunders, Ena Houston, Edna Quigley, Eva McFadden, Billy Porter next to the
donkey, then Eileen Quigley, Margaret Small, Rebecca Hume, Jack Hill and Bailie
FANCY DRESS PARADE 1397
I don't fancy these two horses pulling this plough but they went on to win
First prize as 'Misery Farm in the 'Most Amusing' section in June 1948.
Leading the horses we have on the left Noel Millar and on the right Warren
Clarke. The horses were William McFadden and Alex Hall. Then James Millar
and Wesley Peoples, guiding the plough was Norman Graham. Apparently when
turning the New Street corner one of the horses stopped for a call of nature
by pouring out a bottle of water much to the amusement of the spectators.
FIRST RANDALSTOWN SCOUTS
These scouts in Shane's Castle grounds 1912 belonged to First Randalstown
Scouts. They have the fame of being one of the earliest scout troops in Ireland
for they were founded in 1910 just two years after Lord Baden-Powell formed
the scout movement. The staves the boys are displaying were used for many
purposes in making stretchers, surveying, building bridges and when the scout
master wasn't watching playing Robin Hood adventures. Sadly none of the boys
in the photograph have been identified as of yet.
FIVE CORNERS 1973
Here we have Philip Johnston with his girl friend Moreen McNally back into
They were having a quiet drink together at the Five Corners which back then
was just a house with a room turned into a pub.
FARIN' FLOUGH SCHOOL
Here we have Farin' Flough's Finest in 1951.
Way up at the back are P.Canavan, D. Kelly, T. Somers, R. Badger, D. Letters,
J. McCambridge, L. McCavana, G. Canavan and S. Keenan.
In the next row we have R.P. Logan, K. Somers, M. Mackle, S. Logan, I. Badger,
M.Drain, L. Robb, R. Canavan, P.McCavana, C. Logan and A. Badger.
Seated at the front S.Kelly, N. Hughes, B. Letters, E. Mackle, S. Kelly, N.
Letters, M. Gillen, A. Boyd, M.Canavan, G. Mackle, B. Mackle, M. Close, A.
Letters, P. Gillen, M. Kelly, P. Letters and V. Logan.
Sitting on the ground we have B. McCambridge, H. Letters. C. Close and B.
FARINFLOUGH PRIMARY SCHOOL.
These are the pupils of Farinflough Primary School getting
their photograph taken in 1953.
The back row which is all boys from the left
we have the Headmaster Patrick O'Kane,then Bobby Skelton, Pat Fullen, Sean
Kelly, Jerry Skelton, Jeffrey Thompson, Con Close, Vincent Logan, Terry Cunningham,
Danny Kelly, Joe Somers, Sean Redmond, Babby McGuckian, Wilfred McGuckian
(twins), Charlie Gillen,
Sheamus Kelly, Seamus Kelly, Gus Close, Dennis Kelly, Ernie McGuckian, Pat
Close, Cahal Surgenor and Gerry Canavan.
In front the girls are Eileen
Quigley, Angela Cunningham, Ann Surgenor, Margaret Close, Mary Kelly, Eileen
Mackle, Sheila Kelly, Bernie Mackle, Christine Logan, Ann Boyd, Marie Gillen,
Bridie McGuckian, Ina McGuckian, Rosie Somers, Pasty Gillen, Emily Somers,
Colette Mackle, Shelia Glancey, Miss Hurl (Teacher) and John Murray (Priest).
The girls seated are Teresa McGuckian, Madeline McGuckian, Mary McKeown, Nora
Surgenor, Eileen Gillen, Bernadette Glancy, Margaret McGuckian, Lizzie Kelly,
Mary Surgenor, Patrica Cunningham, Sally McLaughlin, Bernadette Kelly, Catherine
Skelton, Mary Cunningham, Kathleen Somers & Marian Logan.
The boys seated are Sheamus Cunningham, Eugene Close, John Kelly, Michael
Totten, Hugh Totten, Damian Close, Paddy Gillen and Martin Somers.
FARINFLOUGH PRIMARY SCHOOL
These are the pupils of Farinflough Primary School at Randalstown
From the left at the back
is M O'Boyle, J Wilson, J Totten, F Bateson, R Robb, P McCann, P McGill,
P Martin, J McNally, L robb, D Magill, F Gribben, D McCann, H McKeown, R O'Boyle
and S Robb.
FARINFLOUGH PRIMARY SCHOOL
Getting their school photograph taken in 1922 are the pupils
of Farinlough Primary School.
At the back we have Miss MacRory, A McNally, J Hamilton, P McGuigan,
H McGarry, J McLarnon, J Quigley, J Hannan, H J Doyle and J McNally.
The 3rd row has C McNally, E McGarry, L Kelly, M Hannan, C McGarry,
J McCollum, S McGuigan, J McNally, P McGuigan and Miss Lyttle.
In the 2nd row I O'Hagan, M Hannan, P McNally, G McCollum, K McGarry,
K McNally, M E Quigley, S McNally, M E Doyle, M McNally & S O'Hagan.
Kneeling, B Hamilton, M McAteer, M J McAteer, S McNally, L McAteer,
A Hannan, S Quigley, R McGuigan, M Kelly, R Hamilton and M McGuigan.
Seated on the ground are the Hamilton sisters with their young brother,
W McNally, J Shannon, J O'Hagan, J J McNally and P McCollum.
The reason young Hamilton is at school back then was to allow the mother to
go out to work, as long as there was an older child to look after them.
In the 2nd
row are I Gribben, T Letters, M Corr,
B Magill, C Bateson, J Gray, R Magill, A Letters, R Mccormack, V Letters,
B O'Carroll, A Nolan and S Mullan.
At the front are B McCann, D Drain, J McGrath, D Robb, D McCormack,
M McDonnell, O McCormack and G McCashin.
FARINFLOUGH PRIMARY SCHOOL
It's 1956 and what a happy bunch these pupils are from Farinflough
Primary School. In the back are O. Redmond, R. Skelton, L. McCavana and C.
The 4th row has V. Logan, G. Canavan, T. Somers, S. Redmond, D. Kelly, W.
McGuckien, R. McGuckien, C. Close and D. McDermott.
In 3rd row are T. Cunningham, B. Mackle, M. Canavan, G. Mackle, A. Boyd, M.
Close, R. Somers, P. Gillan and A. Surgenor.
2nd row has S. Kelly, C. Gillan, P. Logan, R. McDermott, P. McCavana, S. Doole,
M. Gillan, S. Kelly, C. Logan, A. Cunningham, C. Mackle and A. Close.
In the 1st row are B. Rodgers, B. Kelly, P. Gillan, T. Kelly, M. Surgenor,
F. Shannon, S. McLaughlin, B. Kelly, P. Cunningham and N. Surgenor.
In front are L. Kelly, E. Mcguckien, P. Close, I. McGuckien, S. Clancey, E.
Guigley, H. Heffron, B. McGuckien, M. Kelly, E. Somers, G. Skelton, J. Kelly
and D. Kelly.
This is Feehogue at Randalstown in 1905, and as you can see at the end of
the row thatched cottages are still in demand..
On the road is a horse and cart with two ladies in it and by the tracks on
the road no motor cars as yet.
This is Feehogue at Randalstown in 1923.
The tall poles are carrying electric to the houses for lighting which was
powered by the Old Bleach Linen company's hyro-electric plant on the River
Main.The house with the sign above the door is McKay's sweet shop a favourite
for all the kids.
The large imposing building on the right was the barrack of the Royal Irish
Constabulary. The place looks deserted, perhaps it's the middle of the day,
with people working and children at school. Or could it be the policeman walking
up the road with his bike.
FANCY DRESS PARADE 1620
This is the early 1930's and back then in Randalstown they used to have annual
fancy dress parades. Now these Randalstown ladies decided to go as nurses
from the left Meg Coulson, Mrs.McClure, Mary Dunlop, Rosemary McFadden, Lila
McKittrick, Rosemary Hill, Peggy McVeigh and Florence Walker.
Strangely enough although it was not a really warm day a lot of men got very
hot under the collar!
The 3rd row
has Mr B Dowd, H Totten, P McCann, I O'Boyle, A Lynch, M McAteer, E McKeown,
M O'Hara, D O'Boyle, B Totten, C robinson, D O'Boyle, E Mullan, A McIlroy,
B Gribben, R O'Kane, M O'Boyle, B Kerr, C Donovan, M Totten, K Mullan, D McCann,
E Gray and Fr. J Murray.
FANCY DRESS PARADE 1711
It's 1948, Randalstown, and standing at the arches is the fancy dress contestants
ready to parade through the town. The only person known at the moment is at
the front on the left and that is Mary McDowell. Now a surprise lay in store
for Mary for the organizers had
decided not only to pick a winner for the fancy dress but also to pick a girl
to be Miss Randalstown. When the judges who were Miss Portrush and Miss Portstewart
decided there could be only one girl lovely enough to be Miss Randalstown,
they picked Mary and she's still a winner today.
FOG HOUSE 1585
Nestled in the woods of Shane's Castle is this lovely little summerhouse which
was called the Fog House for reasons unknown.