Here is the News!
I’ve been musing a bit on how and why we gather and disseminate information. Historically, the sending and receiving of messages was limited by the available technology.
Safe Driving is No Accident
It’s a long time since Lady Londonderry’s father, Viscount Chaplin, abolished the man with the red flag and raised the speed limit from 4 to 14 miles per hour.
Miss Eliza Johnston (c1820-1906)
Eliza Johnston ran various hospitality establishments in Belfast and Bangor from 1866 until her death on 11 August 1906.
Bangor Hotels of the late 19th Century (5)
The Ava stands at the junction of Main Street and Catherine Place – now Dufferin Avenue. Its construction dates back to about 1840.
A Tour of Newtownards, September 2020
Patricia Norrington went on a tour organised by Ards & North Down U3A and led by Brian McDonald, Chair of Newtownards Historical Society.
Old Photos and Postcards appear in Bangor
With no Seaside Revival Day this year, efforts have gone in other directions, including placing blow-ups of old photos and postcards on hoardings round the major works being undertaken by NI Water.
Life is short - smile while you still have teeth
Seeing a tee shirt in a souvenir shop in Thailand put me in mind of an article about local dentists in an old edition of the County Down Spectator
The Spanish influenza 1918-1919
Patricia Norrington looks at the effect of the three waves of the Spanish Flu epidemic in North Down.
Pastimes in Times Past
These days when we are all missing our organisations, clubs, societies I thought about other times when Bangorians may have had their activites curtailed.
The Curious Case of Tom McMahon, the Bangor Rower
Recently there has been publicity locally for the intrepid Donegal man Henry O’Donnell, who is attempting to swim round Ireland for charity.
I considered buying a turnip this week. It was very round and quite big and conjured up memories of my childhood Hallowe’ens in North Belfast.
Bangor Hotels of the late 19th century (4)
Today a public house stands in Quay Street next to the Tower House. It dates back to about 1860 when it housed the Abercorn Hotel .
Make Presidents Great Again
The Democrats' donkey appellation originated with our own Irish-rooted 7th President and founder of the Democratic Party, Andrew Jackson, dubbed a 'Jackass' by his 1828 campaign opponents.
Bangor Hotels of the late 19th century (3)
The Stag's Head stood at the bottom of High Street at the corner with Bridge Street.
The Long Hole (or Big Hole)
A very recent planning application seeks to make the biggest change to this Bangor feature in its history.
Do I look Irish in This?
I discovered recently that men sporting a soup strainer were persona non grata in 15th century Dublin.
Ballyholme Showgrounds circa 1928
Perhaps the most striking thing about this wonderful aerial view of Ballyholme is that relatively little has changed in almost 100 years!
The Temple as a banqueting house
In the 18th century, Mount Stewart gained its own socially distant banqueting house, about 15 minutes’ stroll from the mansion house.
Bangor Hotels of the late 19th century (2)
The Beehive Hotel stood at the corner of Main Street and Mill Row.
North Down Museum's Heritage Project: the work of Bangor Heritage Group
North Down Museum has a fascinating exhibition of panels and a film illustrating some of the rich commercial and industrial heritage of the North Down and Ards Council area.