Monday, 14 January 2008

Richmonds of Conagher, 1961

Steve Richmond has sent me two YouTube links to a film commissioned by the Northern Ireland government in 1961 to promote the province abroad, particularly to US markets. The film features some members of the Richmond family and their farm at Conagher.

McKinleys once lived on the Richmond property and the McKinley farmhouse is currently in storage at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co Tyrone

McKinley Day, January 26, 2008

"Canton's favorite son is Conagher's favourite great-great-grandson"

William McKinley, American President 1897 - 1901, was the great-great-grandson of James McKinley who emigrated from Conagher, Ballymoney, around 1743. McKinley, who fought in the American Civil War, was the last Civil War veteran to become President. It was in the first year of his second term in office that McKinley was assassinated. He was shot at Buffalo's Pan-American exposition and died eight days later.