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Devenish Island

Devenish island has always been revered by the people of the district. Our little lake journey begins at Carry Bridge, in the island town of Enniskillen. We pass the very picturesque Water Gate, with its two tall turrets standing mirrored over the peaceful waters of the River Erne. The water Gate is part of Enniskillen...

The Albert Memorial Clock

The Albert Memorial Clock- Belfast’s ‘Big Ben’ and Ireland’s leaning tower. Queen’s Square, Belfast Photo © William Murphy (cc-by-sa/2.0) In 1865, to honour Prince Albert, Prince Consort an open competition was held to construct a memorial of him in Belfast. Prince Albert was the late husband of Queen Victoria, who was only 42 when he died in...

Ballynoe Stone Circle

Ballynoe Stone Circle, the earliest and the largest Megalithic Structure surviving in Ulster Photo © Eric Jones (cc-by-sa/2.0) Just a few miles inland can be found a large and impressive circle of 100 feet in diameter with more than closely spaced unhewn 50 monoliths of Silurian rock or granite. The largest, 6.5 feet high and 3 feet thick....

Holywood Spectacles

Finlay’s Stone Sitting in the middle of a lawn at Willisden nursing home, Church Road, Holywood is a great block of stone.  For years, this remarkable stone has fascinated mathematicians especially lovers of geometry.  It looks rectangular but we are told it could be cuboid.  Seemingly it’s all about proportions. By now, you are saying...

Irish Natural Pearls

Irish streams and rivers provided many fine pearls. It is a fact, for many generations, the River Struel, which flows from Omagh to Newtownstewart, was noted for its pearls. The pearl industry centred around Omagh and the district has supplied many fine specimens. Although nature conspires against all but the very observant.  The shellfish shows...

Helen’s Bay Railway Station

Helen’s Bay Railway Station (1971) Photo © The Carlisle Kid (cc-by-sa/2.0) The trains still stop at the little railway station at Helen’s Bay, one of the most fantastic railway stations in the U.K. This splendid Victorian railway station was built to the specifications of Frederick, First Marquis of Dufferin and Ava, in 1863, for his private use, ...

Stories from the Grave

There is something macabre in stories of graves and graveyards. Death customs such as stopping the clocks and covering up the mirrors when someone dies in the house; also the placing of a dish of salt in the proximity of the dead.  All these things and the carrying out of the corpse feet first and...

Ghostly Apparitions

GHOSTLY APPARITIONS Ulster has its quota of stories that tell of spirits that come back to keep a tryst, to give a warning, or perhaps to visit the scene of a long-forgotten tragedy. Traditionally, Halloween is the time when restless spirits are abroad – a time when a benighted pedestrian, hurrying along an unfrequented country...

Annie’s Grave

If you look close enough at an ordinance map of the Lecale district in County Down you will note a crossroads where the townlands of Coniamstown – Whigamatown and Bright converge, it is called Annie’s Grave.   ANNIE’S GRAVE A very ordinary-looking crossroads, nothing to mark it out on the spot. Turn off on the way...