HARVEST TIME 1199
Here we have William Millar with his workmates at a local farm showing of
a harvest of onions back in the 1940's. His workmates are unknown.
HOME FROM THE SEA 1203
Safe and well and home from the sea in 1940 is Sammy White with his cousin
Mary White on the left and on the right is his sister Jean White.
HUGH McMANUS & SONS
Standing outside his shop in lower Main Street is Hugh McManus with his sons
The family business actually started in 1869 and as you can see they not only
supplied materials but were builders as well. Not only did they take on local
projects but they worked far and wide, the lighthouse on Aran Island off Co.Donegall
was one of their projects. As the business grew they purchased a steam sawmill
and were then able to make all their own planks ect for the building trade.
The Hurrell family bought over the business in 1945 and are still in business
but the building in the photograph was burned down in 1986 but the house on
the right is still standing.
HOLLYBROOK BEETLING MILL
This is Hollybrook Beetling Mill at Magheralane in 1912, about a mile outside
Randalstown and getting his photograph taken seated in his Renault tourer
beside his chauffeur is the owner Mr. John L. Smith. In the back of the car
on the left is Mrs Lindsay with her daughter whose name is unknown. The beetling
mill hammered the linen to bring out the finish that linen is famous for.
Powered by the water from the River Main the noise from the mill was tremendous
that it could be heard quite a distance away. Not only did the workers become
deaf with the noise but the building itself vibrated with the pounding that
sometimes the mills would become so unstable they would have to be abandoned.
Standing on the steps of St McNissis in Randalstown 1964 having just been
We have all smiles Moria Kelly and Moreen McNally.
These girls in their lovely dresses for their Confirmation are standing on
the steps of St McNissis in Randalstown in 1964.
In the centre at the front is Moria Kelly and behind her to the left is Moreen
All set for her confirmation in St. McNissis at Randalstown in 1964 is Moreen
McNally with her sponsor Philamena McCallen.
HERBIE HUME 2782
This is Herbie Hume who played for Linfield from 1935 to 1938. He received
a bad knee injury which ruined his football career. He returned to play
a few matches in the 1939/40 season before he was forced to retire. He was
one of 12 children who came from a well known Randalstown family.
His brother Jim played on the the famous Willowfield Amateur team who won
the Irish Cup in the 1927/28 season. Herbie became an electrician and emigrated
to Toronto, Canada in 1955 where he resided until his death in 1988 at the
age of 71 years.
HELLO SAILOR 2035
This stern looking sailor with his arm round this lady is none other than
Sarah McCaughey with Annie McCaughey who had come over from Blackpool for
HURLING SUPPORTERS 2089
This fine bunch of young men from Randalstown had travelled to the Glens in
The reason was to support their home Hurling team, from the left we have Henry
McCollum, Bobbie Heatley, Sean Martin, Sean Letters and Alex McVeigh.
These three Randalstown beauties having their photograph taken in the 1930's
at Mack's Studio in Larne. We have from the left Katie McCartney, Tillie Hume
and Rebecca Hume.
JOHN HARPER 3065
This is John Harper back in April 1922, his family were small farmers off
the Magherlane Road, Randalstown.
His father Thomas Harper was the exception he was a blacksmith and cycled
to Belfast on a Monday morning and returned on the Friday night.
Now that was some cycle for bikes back then were built to last and weighed
a ton, not like the bikes of today.
Later in life he opened a garage that was at the then entrance gate of the
Fair Hill market in Ballymena and then moved to the Cushendall Road.