CASTLE STREET 3094
This is Castle Street in the 80's and as you can see on your right the demolition
of the street to make way for the new road which cut across the Antrim Castle
grounds. Do you know any of the shops or the people who run them plus the
people who lived in the houses, if you do please let me know.
Now the second building on the right which is jutting out I have been told
is McKendry's pub.
CHRISTY SISTERS 3671
This lovely studio photograph is of the Christy sisters Martha and Elsie,
their mother Elizabeth Christy is the sister of Annie Kelly.
CHURCH STREET 3109
It's Easter Tuesday and here we are in Castle Street and this is the Springfield
Band from Belfast leading the Juniors Parade.
As you can see Castle Street was a bustling community back then with plenty
The shop on the left is Marion's Snack bar, then Robert Millars the printers
and where Matt McCullough had once worked.
Next is Sammy Nicholls which is still there today and at that time he was
selling Marconi radios.
Then you have a bakery which is run by Betty, next is T.Nutt I do not know
what he sells and beyond him are more shops that are unknown to me.
DICK CLARKE 3124
Sadly winding up from the town and now in Fountain Street on a bitterly cold
day is the funeral of a well known Sportsman Dick Clarke.
ANNIE McCOMB 3149
Sitting relaxing in her home around 1950 is Annie McComb nee Whittley who
was married to Hugh McComb.
MARGARET COYLE 3152
This is Margaret Coyle from Firfields at 19 years of age and Margaret has
not changed one bit, still has that lovely smile and the softness in her eyes.
Now Margaret is well known around the town having lived here for over 40 years,
but you all know her as Margaret McTaggart.
CASTLE STREET 3172
It's 1983 and this is the new dual carriageway which went through Antrim Castle
Gardens. In the distance can be seen Castle Street School and St. Comgalls.
IRENE CLARKE 3198
Looking very lovely as a Bridesmaid at John and Deire's Wedding is Irene Clarke.
CHURCH STREET 3180
Coming out of Pogue's Entry on Monday 29th July 1946 carrying Dr. Alexander
Irvine's ashes are his four nephews Thomas Scott, William Scott, Henry Scott
and finally Henry Adams. Dr. Alexander Irvine died in America four years previously
in 1941. I do not know why it took so long to bring his ashes home, perhaps
it could have been because of World War 2 and the were scared of losing them
during an Atlantic crossing.
CHURCH STREET 3179
It's 1945 and we are in Church Street just outside Pouges Entry I'm sure you
are wondering what the large crowds are doing here with the police keeping
control of them.
It's the day that the ashes of Alexander Irvine are being interred in his
mother's grave in the graveyard across the road.
THE CUTS 3220
Here we are on the banks of the Sixmilewater river as it flows out into Lough
Neagh in early 1900's.
This area is known as The Cutts and the boats on this side of the river bank
are used by local fishermen for fishing and also take visitors out for trips.
On the opposite side are a couple of boats which are owned by members of Antrim
THE CARSONS 3229
All set to go to Lydia & Hubert's Wedding is Samuel John Carson with his
lovely wife Kathleen from their home in Magherabeg.
DANCING CHAMPIONS 3232
Dancing their hearts out in the Ulster Ballroom Dance Championships of 1936
is Evelyn Carson sadly her dancing partener is Unknown.
The judges decided and Evelyn and her partner won!
SAMUEL JOHN CARSON 3233
Standing on a bench that did not come out of B&Q is Samuel John Carson
in his wollen trouser suit at his home in Fortwilliam where his family had
to from Maghrabeg, Randallstown. Ironically the Carson family had to move
back to Maghrabeg Randalstown because of the Blitz in WWII.
FAMILY GATHERING 3234
Here we are in the back yard of Carson's Entry in 1946 with the washing out
to dry in the summer sunshinewhich is where the Antrim Library is now sited,
in the background is Railway Street. The chimney you can see was part of the
gasworks which was owned by the 'Antrim Light and Power company which later
took over this site. To your far right is a stack of timber which look like
railway sleepers but are really Telephone poles they were square back then.
Now back to the people on the left holding a puppy is Grandad Fred Rea, then
Noreen Bates with Trevor Carson on her lap. Next to her with the blanket wrapped
round him is Derek Carson and beside him is his father John Carson holding
on to Towser the dog.
BATHING BELLES 3235
All the way from Antrim to here sitting on the rocks at Donaghadee
after a good swim we have on the left Annie Rea, Eva Rea, Kathleen Rea.
Then mum Jean Rea who was chaperoning the three bathing belles along with
When you look at the photograph you would class it as if they hadn't a care
in the world when in fact it was 1940 and Germany had conquered most of Europe
and we were on our own and waiting on a German invasion.
ORR CARSON 3236
This portrait photograph of Orr Carson, Orr was a petrol tanker driver and
he is wearing the company outfit. Can anyone tell me the company he worked
EVELYN CARSON 3237
This beautiful portrait photograph of Elveyn Carson was taken for a very good
reason during the Second World War. It was for her husband John who
worked on building various airfields all over England including Ballykelly
here. John carried the photograph in his pocket through the war years.
Now this photograph is not like the original for it was cracked and torn from
being in John's pocket.
SAMUEL CAMPBELL 1548
Down along the Loughshore Road in December 1942 we have Samuel Campbell with
his Scottie dog under his arm.Samuel owned Campbell's pub in the Market Square.
SAMUEL CAMPBELL 1547
Proudly showing off his Cockrell is Samuel Campbell in 1940.
Samuel is in the back yard of his pub in Market Square and looking at the
window someone certainly had green fingers.