Friday, 29 August 2014

Native of Torr Killed in Action - August 6, 1914

At 06.45 on 6th August, the Amphion struck a mine which exploded and broke the ship’s back.Abandon Ship was ordered. As most of Amphion’s boats were destroyed, the destroyers sent their boats to rescue the crew.  However, although Amphions’s engines were stopped, she continued turning in a circle and she struck the same row of mines.  Her magazine detonated and the destroyers were showered with debris.  Amphion sank at 07.05 and 151 men were lost.

With the war only 32 hours old, HMS Amphion, which had primarily assisted in inflicting the first German Naval loss of the war, became the first British Naval war loss. .. History Hub Ulster

According to his birth certificate, Henry John Bennett was born at Torr in the parish of Culfeightrin on August 25, 1877. His father Henry was a boatman in the coastguard service and his mother was Susan nee Pengalley; both parents were natives of Devon. At the time of the 1911 census, both parents are living in Plymouth with daughter Rose, have been married for 39 years and had ten children of whom four were still living; Henry by that time was a naval pensioner. Four, at least, of the children - Henry John, Alfred Elias, Alice Louisa and Lillie - were born at Torr but Alice Louisa passed away, aged 15 months. The parents and two daughters, Lillie and Rosie, were in Langton Herring in Dorset in 1901.

George Charles McConachy was another Antrim man who perished aboard the Amphion. His parents were both from the Dungiven district; he was born in Belfast; his mother died when he was only about six; the family are in Ballymena in 1901 and his father David's contact address at the time of his son's death was 13 Kerr Street, Portrush.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Portballintrae - Bushfoot Dunes - Hallions on the Loose

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A great afternoon for a stroll along Bushfoot and Blackrock Strands
- strands that link Portballintrae to the Runkerry headland.

A piece of construction art.

A popular but inadequately signed path beside the tram-track 
that links Bushmills and the Giants Causeway.

Some hallions' idea of a good time.

View from the Three-quarter Bridge over the Bush Water.

Added this evening

Tidied up

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

"Your Heritage Needs You" - BUT

Minister Durkan, speaking at a special NIEA-organised First World War commemoration event at Grey Point Fort, Helen’s Bay, said: “Today, 100 years on from the outbreak of the First World War, many of us will have a renewed interest and appreciation of those events. With this interest and appreciation, I hope there will also be greater understanding of the events at that time, many of which have shaped the lives of our families over the past hundred years. It is therefore fitting that I am today launching Phase 2 of the Defence Heritage Project at a state care monument with direct connections to that time. Central to the project is the participation of the wider public, working with my Department, to find, record and share the defence heritage structures across our landscape.

“These sites have direct, and often poignant, connections to past generations, whose lives were shaped and affected by conflicts that engulfed Europe. Through public participation I hope there will be greater awareness of the rich legacy of heritage features that still survive, helping us understand the times past and protect them for future generations.” ..

NIEA is now seeking more volunteers to help record and further update the Defence Heritage Record. In particular, those features from the early twentieth century that have yet to be surveyed. .. DOE Press Release, Monday, August 4, 2014

Curiously enough, the press release makes no mention of the long-term and short-term agency staff that are about to be 'fired' - including some of the staff at Grey Point Fort and Dunluce Castle. The department, ironically, is helping to enlarge the pool of potential volunteers.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Causeway Coast AONB & Giants Causeway World Heritage Site Townlands, Fieldnames & Featurenames project


The Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust invite you to participate in an initial project meeting for our Townlands, Fieldnames and Feature Names Project of the Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Giants Causeway World Heritage Site which is being led by Quarto Consultants. 

The meeting will be held in 
Portballintrae Village Hall on 
Tuesday 12th August 2014 at 2pm.

This project aims to investigate the connections between the landscape of the Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the townlands, fieldnames and feature names of the area. This information will be presented in a mobile exhibition throughout the area on completion of the project. 

If you could confirm your attendance by Friday 8th August by emailing or calling the CCGHT office on 028 20752100 it would be greatly appreciated.

This was the invitation to tender in June 2014 [pdf file]

Some links

Placenames of Northern Ireland - including some meanings and townland maps. eg Lisserluss

Ordnance Survey Election maps - choose local authority/district council area and tick townlands overlay.