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Whether you want to trace your Irish family roots or just want to know more about our people, places and products, we hope you will find something of interest.
Roughfort, Co Antrim, has 3 historic sites close to each other – a Bronze Age passage grave, a Norman motte and a 200+yo Liberty Tree
County Antrim’s Crosskeys Inn is the oldest thatched public house in Ireland and offers a truly authentic traditional Irish pub experience.
Layde Old Church is a place of history and peace. Its scenic hidden glen, sparkling stream and sea views make it incredibly beautiful.
Cantrell & Cochrane , now the world famous C&C brand, started out in a small shopfront on Castle Place, Belfast – the Ulster Medical Hall
In the picturesque glens of Antrim lies the abandoned village of Galboly. Hidden from view, its derelict cottage ruins recall a bygone age.
Mahee Castle, built 1570, is actually the ruins of a fortified tower house on Mahee Island – one of the larger islands in Strangford Lough.
St Nicholas Church has a fascinating history dating back to 1182AD with great architecture & design, beautiful windows and historic artefacts
The story of Luke White & Biddy Farrelly has it all – rags to riches, thwarted love, broken hearts and a ghost that walks Belfast’s streets.
Arnott’s was a well-known and respected shop in Belfast city centre. It closed on 17th August 1974 after 137 years of trading.
On 13th September 1902 a meteorite fell to earth at a farm near Crumlin, about 12 miles from Belfast. It didn’t remain for long.
Nendrum Monastery’s long history features St Patrick, Viking attacks, settlement by Benedictine monks and the world’s oldest tide-mill
The last witch trial in Ireland resulting in a guilty verdict took place in March 1711 at the Old Courthouse in Carrickfergus.
James McDonnell MD devoted his time and eminent talents to the work of humanity in delivering medical services to Belfast’s poor
A walk with Scotty around Belfast’s Sailortown, the Lagan side, the Big Fish, Queen’s Square and Clarendon Dock
A famous resident of north Belfast is Gordon Thompson, better known as Galloper Thompson, the phantom horseman!
Sugarhouse Entry enjoyed a long and varied history from the late 1600s until its eventual destruction in the World War 2 blitz
Opening originally in 1815 and rebuilt in 1877, Saint Patrick’s Church in Donegall Street Belfast remains one of Belfast’s landmark buildings
The Giant’s Ring is a Neolithic henge monument pre-dating the Egyptian pyramids. It is situated only 4 miles from Belfast city centre.
Joy Street is one of the best surviving examples of Georgian architecture in the heart of Belfast with a historic link to Charlie Chaplin
Historical official records & documents sometimes refer to long-forgotten old Irish occupations. We list some of the more unusual.
The story of one Belfast company’s contribution to the fight on the twin challenges of scurvy and food poverty.
Sophia Rosamond Praeger, born on 17/4/1867, in the town of Holywood near Belfast was destined to become a trail-blazing artist & sculptress
In 1839, Ireland was hit by a hurricane that caused devastation throughout the country. Nothing before or since comes close to the “Big Wind”
Sinclair Seamen’s Presbyterian Church opened in the Belfast docklands (1857) to provide religious services to visiting sailors & local inhabitants.
The Caldragh Cemetery on Fermanagh’s Boa Island is home to two ancient statues. One is ‘Badha’ – the Celtic Goddess of War or ‘battle fury’
A history of the Ballygally Castle Hotel situated in the village of Ballygally on the Antrim coast road with views over the Irish Sea.
Naoise O’Haughan , known as Ness or Neesy, was born in 1691 at Skerry in County Antrim and went on to become Antrim’s Gentleman Outlaw
Queen’s Arcade, constructed in 1880, is the last remaining Victorian Arcade still open in the city of Belfast.
A walk around Belfast’s Queen’s Quarter – this is the area around Queen’s University Belfast and the neighbouring Botanic Gardens
Dundrum Castle is built on a hill looking south over the Bay of Dundrum, west towards Slieve Croob and east over the plains of Lecale.