Here we are on the McClenaghan's farm in
1930 with the house in the background and the out houses, in the field is
an farming instrument but what it does I do not know. It must be a Sunday
or a special outing for sitting against the hedge is the father and his sons
with one holding the dog. If you know any of their names please let me know.
There may be snow on the ground but farm
life must go on. This is Freda McClenaghan taking the milk in the churns to
the bottom of the Crosskennnan Road in 1960 and then collected by the milk
NEW ZEALAND SOLDIER
Proudly getting his photograph taken in his uniform to
send home to his mum is Alex McClenaghan. Now back then lots of young lads
send their photos home to their parents, the difference with this one is that
it came all the way from New Zealand. Alex had emigrated to New Zealand in
the early 1900's and when World War One broke out, Alex like others out there
didn't hesitate to join up to fight. Thousands of young men who enlisted didn't
do what Alex did, he came home safely.
McCABE FAMILY 1416
Having a rest while out
for a Sunday walk in 1943 are the McCabe family
The wedding took place in the 1940's at All Saints Parish Church by the Rev.Kerr.
The Groom was Fred McClure and the Bride was Ann McCright
The Best Man was Freddy McCreight and the bridesmaid was Mary O'Rea.
Here in a back garden off Massereene Street we have proud
father Jim McCaig in 1945 with his two sons Norman and Jim junior.
Next door was Jimmy Stevenson's with the large greenhouse and in the distance
you can see the spire of All Saints' Parish Church.
This wonderful picture of McCabe's Butchers in Church
Street - Antrim in December 1910. This fantastic display would probably be
greeted with horrified disbelief by the Health and Safety Officers today,
it was traditional for a 'victualler to display their wares during the 'season
to be jolly'. If you look closely enough you can see chickens, turkeys,
pigs, and great sides of beef more than enough for any festive feast. But
just to temp you more the table is full of all sizes of duck! Pictured in
the shadow of this meat mountain are Eddie and Nellie McCabe (his second wife),
with Eddie holding the hands of his sons Samuel and Bertie. To the left, with
his arms folded is Jimmy McCabe. The large display was on the instructions
of Lord Massereene.
The shop to the right belonged to Pender's who sold jewellery, fancy goods
and toys. Take a close look and you can see hanging up outside a small wooden
horse on wheels, above it is a gun with sucker darts and target, right at
the top side by side are small prams to catch the eye of the local children
as the 'big day' approached.
Now you will be saying Len has put in two photos that
are the same, well he hasn't they are different.
Remember when taking a photograph back then you had to stand still for two
or three minutes and a good photographer always took two photos to make sure
one of them was correct.- There are five differences
in this photo compared to photo number 53, can you see them in this photograph?
TAKEN FOR A TRIP 3710
Here we are in High Street in 1975 with a Miss Betty
McMillan tied up in a wheelbarrow and all done up had been
wheeled all round High Street. Betty was a member of the staff of Lowry's
Café for many years in Church Street. The reason for this high jinks
was because Betty was getting married to Mr. Samuel Sempy at First Donegore
Church on the 6th June 1975. They had stopped for rest and so the photograph
was taken quickly, these are her friends from Lowry's and on the left is Miss
Mary McGarry, then Mr Tommy Steele who was the baker not the singer, next
is Mrs Margaret McGuinness and finally Mrs Audrey McNeill. By the look on
Betty's face there are going to have a hard job getting her out of the wheelbarrow
because she seems to be enjoying the fun!
ROYAL AIRFORCE 809
Seen here being instructed on a gunnery course in a Fairey
Battle plane in 1939 is Gerald McElrea, who sadly lost his life the following
year.This aircraft was developed as a light bomber, but in the early stages
of the war its losses were so heavy it was withdrawn from front line service
and used as a gunnery trainer. This was at Aldergrove who was host to No.3
Bombing and Gunnery school from December 1939 to July 1940.
This distinguished group of young men were members of
the Royal Air Force, and they were pictured in Portsmouth in 1939 shortly
after the start of the Second World War. Keen-eyed local people might recognise
Antrim man Gerald McElrea standing third from the right. Tragically, all these
men - including the man taking the picture - died the following year. There
was a massive air raid that fateful night and though they were off-duty at
the time, the squadron rushed out to offer their assistance. But they paid
a terrible price for this spontaneous act of kindness when a parachute mine
landed nearby, killing them all instantly.
Mc ELREA PORTRAIT 1318
This is Jack and Agnes
McElrea getting photographed in 1928.
MAY DAY 1778
Here on May Day at the
door of his butcher's shop is Sammy McCabe having just watched the Holywell
Hospital float go past, but not knowing anyone. There is a float in front
with ladies who have on pale blue blouses, red sashes and straw top hats on.
Anyone know who they represented?
MARIE O'NEAL 928
This bonny looking baby is none other than Marie O'Neal.
Marie lived with her family in Kilyn Entry, Church Street, Antrim.
Standing outside their
home we have the McCullough children. At the back from the left we have Jim
and Matt and in front are Mavis, Rodney, Leslie and finally Syliva.
The boys had their sights set on real cars and their names in print, and they
have certainly done that!
It's Monday the 7th of
September 1932 and Jack McElrea has just married Aggie Scott.
McCABE FAMILY 1415
Standing outside the family
home we have the McCabe family in 1939.
At the back is Herbert with his wife Rachel and in her arms is Derek. In front
of them is Anna and her other brother Herbie McCabe.
McCLURE WEDDING 1293
Looking at her husband
Tommy McClure in 1955 is the bride Joan McElrea but this was not their wedding
day, that was the day before!. Apparently their wedding Day at All Saints'
Parish Church turned out to be the wettest day of the month, so they posed
for this photo the next day.
McCABE SISTERS 1433
The year is 1940 and standing
still looking prim and proper are Sadie McCabe with her sister Mary McCabe.
RARING TO GO 2377
Sitting side-saddle on
Len Ireland's motorbike outside his home back in 1956 we have Sally McMeeking.
MY FIRST CAR 796
It is often said that the magic of Christmas is best seen
reflected in the light of a child's eyes - and that is certainly the case
for this young man who was caught on camera in 1948. This is John McElrea
about to hit the road at the grand old age of 18 months.
MUCKAMORE CRICKET CLUB
This Agnes McElrea all
set for a game of Tennis waiting for her partner at the Muckamore Cricket
Club. The year is unknown.
McCOMBE SISTERS 1936
Standing at the wall outside
the Post Office at Dunadry in 1947 are the McCombe sisters. On the left we
have Anne with her sister Patricia.
MOYLENA MILL HOUSES 1213
Standing outside their
home at Moylena banks we have husband and wife Tommy and Meata McNeil in the
1950's. To the right you can see that the people were growing flowers. In
the background you can see the Beetling mill and when it was working the noise
from it was unbelievable.
McCOMB FAMILY 2319
After the formal photograph
it was decided to have a family photograph in the back garden of the McComb
family home around 1912 - 1913.
At the back, left we have James McComb, Samuel White McComb and Margaret McComb.
In front are W J. McComb Senior, W J. McComb Junior and Catherine McComb with
Catherine Maria McComb on her knee.
McCOMB HOUSE 2310
Here we are at Whitestown,
Ballysculty at the McComb house around 1912 - 1913 with the family having
a formal photograph taken. Standing proudly with his bowler hat and arms folded
is the father William John McComb. To his left are William John McComb Jnr
and James McComb. To his right is his wife, Catherine McComb in her arms is
their daughter Catherine Maria McComb holding tight to her teddy. Next is
Margaret McComb or Maggie finally Samuel White McComb. Clinging desperately
to the blind cord at the middle window upstairs is the cat making sure it
got in as well. James and Samuel went to Loan Ends to sign the Ulster Covenant,
the Samuel signed first and then James who couldn't write made his mark against
MOYLENA ROAD 532
This charming family portrait
taken at the McCabe family home on the Moylena Road in 1911.
Starting from the left we have Ellen Nellie McCabe (who later became a Patterson),
May McCabe (who went to America), Aunt Lisa nursing baby Lisa- (who became
an Allen) and mother Margaret McCabe with little Anne (who later became a
Wallace). Incidentally, the two babies in the picture are twins.
McBRIDE SISTERS 2413
Seen here having their
photograph taken back in my good old dancing days are Agnes and Ruby McBride.
These are the dancing outfits of the era and the white shoes a must especially
WILLIAM McVEIGH 432
This is William McVeigh
in 1918 aged 26, he looks quite dapper here with Pansies in ths lapel. Perhaps
this was before he got married, you can see him in the the photograph of Pogue's
Entry with four of his children.
McCALMONT PORTRAIT 1010
This portrait was taken
while the First World War was raging in Europe in 1915.
The mother is Annie McCalmont, on her knee is her son Jack McCalmont and to
her side is her daughter Rachel McCalmont button boots - no laces!
Take a look at the mother's hat and you will see a large hat pin in it, this
was designed to keep the hat on your head and it did.
This is the Wedding of
Jack McElrea and his Bride Agnes Scott on the 7th September 1932.
The best man was Agnes's brother Joe Scott while the bridesmaid was Jack's
sister Sadie McElrea. Sadie tells me that the photographer told her off for
smiling! and then put a steel rod at her back to stop her moving.
McNEICE PORTRAIT 1035
This portrait was taken
back in 1942 and is of Samuel McNeice and his baby sister Margaret.
McATEER FAMILY PORTRAIT
This wonderful portrait
of the McAteer family was taken at the start of the Great War in 1914.
Included are proud mother Mary and children Kay (left) and on her knee is
Joe. Patricia (Kay's daughter) fondly remembers when they had a shop at 33
Church Street which acted as a confectionary, a tobacconist and a cafe.
When the delivery man called with supplies his horse would put his head through
the shop door and stay there until the granny gave it a Paris bun.
This was taken in the 1890's
and standing behind the horse is the owner Eddie McCabe. Standing in the doorway
is his wife Elizabeth McCabe with two of their children, as you can see by
her dress this photograph was posed as I don't think she would be working
behind the counter with this dress on. The two children names as well as the
two other men in the picture are unknown. This was in Church St. and the shop
to your right was Pender's fancy goods shop and the white building to your
left was the Ulster Bar.Edward McCabe married Elizabeth McCabe nee Kilpatrick
on the 16th May 1873 at All Saints' Parish Church in Antrim.
This photograph was taken in December 1900 in Church
Street.Here is Mrs.Elizabeth McCabe with her daughter beside her holding her
dolly and to the right her husband Eddie McCabe. The young boy is unknown
who wanted in as well. On display you can see Chicken, Duck, Turkey, Pig,
Sheep and a great side of beef. On the pavement below the display there is
a pile of like twigs spread out is that to catch what could be dripping?
This is the back yard of
McCabe's butchers and the men are John, Herbie & Ernie McCabe. The two
children are Herbie and Anna McCabe. The year is 1938.
This is Grandfather John
McCabe with his daughter Nora McCabe wearing an Australian frock in the back
yard behind Church street. The year is unknown.
Taken in the back yard
behind the Butcher's shop in Church Street.
This is Herbie McCabe looking real swank and his mother Annie McCabe nee Taggart.
The year is unknown.
MASSEREENE STREET 305
Visiting their Grandmother
in Massereene Street we have Anna and Herbie McCabe.
By the way they were not allowed to call her anything but CABBIE ! The year
This is Johnny McMaster, who for many years was a popular
barber in Antrim, pictured outside his shop on High Street in 1927. He is
accompanied by his younger brother Stewart, who was an apprentice at the time.
The shop stood next to High Street Presbyterian Church but sadly it was demolished
in 1979 on the very day they laid Johnny to rest.
MASSEREENE STREET 1026
Standing in the back garden
in Massereene Street in 1945 we have the McCaig children Norman, Margaret
and in front Jim and Irene. The next garden on the right belonged to Jimmy
Stevenson and you can see the greenhouse is the length of the garden.