Wallace Memorial in Castle Gardens

From Lios na gCearrbhach to Lisburn – The Story of a City

Lisburn Location The city of Lisburn sits on the river Lagan, the dividing line between Counties Antrim and Down. Situated in the barony of Massereene, less than 10 miles south-west of Belfast. The area has a long and varied history which is not widely known. “No town on the line of railway between Belfast and Armagh possess so much historical and general interest as that of Lisburn, which is of very considerable antiquity, and one of the most prosperous inland boroughs in Ireland” McComb’s Guide to Belfast 1861 Lis-na-garvoch The original name was Lios na gCearrbhach (Lis-na-garvoch), which in Irish Read more…

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Loughareema – The Vanishing Lake

Loughareema – Now you see it now you don’t! Location Not far from the bustling seaside resort of Ballycastle in County Antrim is the beautiful lake of Loughareema. Some days the lake appears full of clear glistening water however, at other times it is a barren muddy basin, thus earning the name the Vanishing Lake. Naming the Lake The lough, or lake, is situated in a boggy, isolated upland region of Ballyvennaght in the Civil Parish of Culfeightrin. Its name comes from the Irish “Loc an Rith Amach” meaning the ‘lake that runs out’. Not surprisingly in past times the Read more…

St Peter's Pipe Organ and Stained Glass

The Opening of St Peter’s Cathedral in Belfast

St Peter’s Church On 29th June 1986, St Peter’s Church in the lower Falls district of west Belfast, was officially designated the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Down and Connor. The church had opened on 14th October 1866, with its iconic twin spires being added 20 years later. Over the years these spires have become a well-known feature of the Belfast sky-line and a symbol of homecoming for many. 19th Century Belfast & the Pound Loney As Belfast developed as an industrial town in the nineteenth century, its population expanded rapidly. Cottage industry was dying out and folk came Read more…

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