Ballyclare was the home of papermaking in Ireland for over 200 years, the Paper Mill employing 800 workers at its peak before its closure in 1951.
For two centuries Ballyclare was the home of papermaking in Ireland. The original mill gave its name to Millvale, where it stood near the river and close to the Ballynure Road, at the point as it turned and climbed steeply. In the early eighteenth century it was owned by Sir Robert Adair, who sold it to Francis Joy, publisher of our oldest...
Check out our Summer Walks Programme for July and August 2018.
After last month's wonderful walk up the Wee Collin, our popular Summer Walks programme continues through July and August as follows:
TUESDAY 12th JUNE 2018
Six Mile at Muckamore led by John Kerr
TUESDAY 10th JULY 2018
Tobergill led by Sandy Sherrard
TUESDAY 14th AUGUST 2018
St Nicholas’s Church, Carrickfergus
led by Ron...
Memories of the Ballyclare May Fair by local author Janette McKendry shared in her book 'Ballyclare Remembered'
If you joined us at the 'Archie Reid Cinematic Revival' in The Picture House at Ballyclare Town Hall on Saturday 19 May, you'd have heard local author Janette McKendry read a wonderful recollection of some of her memories of Ballyclare May Fair from her book 'Ballyclare Remembered'. Such magical reminiscences so well captured. For those who were...
The life & times of Ballyclare's most celebrated writer Archibald McIlroy.
Archibald McIlroy was born at ‘Fluther Loanin’, the local name for a small lane situated on the Mill Road, previously Templepatrick Road, until the Paper Mill was transferred to this site from Millvale on 22 September 1859. Now the site is occupied by the modern homes of Millview Drive.
He was one of four children, two of whom, a brother...
Sir Charles Brett, a former President of the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, identified Ollar Lodge as building of architectural merit.
Ollar Lodge is really a terrace of two-storey houses under a single roof. In his manuscript history Robert Grange describes what he had discovered about its origin: “ About the beginning of 1800 Thomas Alexander who owned the Fore Braes, Howe Fold and the other land in Le-Ballyclare, lived in Ollar Lodge in Main Street, just south of the...
A wee window into Ballyclare’s biggest tourist attraction in the 19th century
Bassett’s Guide to County Antrim, published in 1888, has an eloquent description of this attraction which RT Baird had added to his hotel. It was across Main Street from Ollar Lodge and included a collection of antiquities among which was ’Corney Crymbel’s Stone’, pike heads from the 1798 and artifacts from prehistory.
There were caves...
Archie Reid recounts how the book came to be written and the experience of making the film version.
“Other Days Around Me” records life in our area at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Archie Reid recounts how the book came to be written and the experience of making the film version with Florence Mary McDowell.
When she was five years old Mary’s father moved the family from Derry to a new home near Doagh where he...
Archie Reid reveals how a combination of ancient and modern technology uncovered a record of Ballyclare in the 19th century.
Andrew Gill, who lives in Lancashire, has for a number of years collected Victorian Magic Lantern slides, which he screens with authentic equipment to fascinated modern audiences.
He bought a set of slides which had the description “Ballyclare May Fair”. Since he had no knowledge of where Ballyclare was he used the contemporary source of...
(taken from his book “Ballyclare” by Archie R. Reid)
On the 16th December 1756 George II granted to the Earl of Donegal the right to hold two fairs yearly, at the Town and Lands of Ballyclare yielding therefore yearly to us the sum of thirteen shillings and four pence for the said fairs . . . . to be paid forever.
At first the Fairs were markets for animals and goods but as they grew to four in a...