Collection of several hundred photographs of the County Antrim area. The collection is alphabetically indexed by town. For example:

A photograph of an unnamed 100 year old woman, Ahoghill, no date.

A photograph of Janet, the Irish dulce seller and her seaweed thatched cabin, Antrim Coast Road, no date, c.1890s.

A photograph of Mary McAuley and her cottage situated in the townland of Gruig beside the Cushendall-Cushendun Road, no date, early 1900s.

A photograph of an Irish peasant home industries shop, Ballycastle, no date, early 1900s.

A photograph of Miss Annie Douglas and pupils at Ballylesson School, Ballylesson, 1904-1905.

A photograph of Hillhead Church Choir outing, Ballycarry, showing Mrs Rentoul, Olive McFetridge, Peggy Bashford and Kathleen Taylor amongst others, no date, c.1920s.

A photograph of the unfurling of a new banner for McCalmont's True Blues Loyal Orange Lodge, including Mrs Hawkins, Ballycarry, no date.

A photograph of a civic parade through the village of Ballycarry, possibly to celebrate the 1935 jubilee; Ballycarry Red Cross Group including Elsie Gardiner, Molly Arthurs, Betty Forster, Rae McWhirter, Miss Anderson, May Hall, Anna Erskine and Mrs Erskine, no date, c1935.

A photograph of Rachel McWhirter on horseback, no date.

A photograph of Roger Casement, Mrs Young and Emma Dickie, Ballymena, no date.

A photograph of three women returning from work at Harryville Mill, Ballymena, 1910.

A photograph of the reeling room of Braidwater Spinning Mill, Ballymena, showing women at work, no date.

A photograph of women at work in John Wilson and Son Limited Harryville Factory and Victoria Hygienic Laundry, Ballymena, no date.

A photograph of Katie O'Kane and her daughter, Carnlough, no date, c.1900.

2 photographs of Mary Rankin Maternity Home, Coleraine, 1982.

A photograph of Rathene Nurses' Home, Coleraine, 1988.

A photograph of members of the Northern Ireland Historic Monuments Council for Coleraine, including Councillor Gladys Black (former mayor), Rosemary Evans, Doctor Ann Hamlin, Mary McNaul, Helen Zlanign-Wood, 1988.

2 photographs of the ladies' bathing place, Castlerock, c.1900-1922.

A photograph of lacemaking at Chester Alan Arthur Homestead, Dreen, Cullybackey, 1987.

A photograph of Lady Ernest Vane Tempest at Glenarm Castle during her visit for the funeral of Lord Antrim, Glenarm, 1869.

A photograph of a butter churning class outside Garvagh House, Garvagh, no date, 20th century.

A photograph of c.35 women members (all named) of Garvagh Red Cross Detachment outside Garvagh House, 1940.

Photographs of Garvagh playgroup, including presentation being given to Betty Corbett, 1976 and Mrs Hibbert taking story time, 1981.

Photographs of the ladies' bathing place, Portrush, c.1900-1920.

Photograph of a demonstration of knitting at Larne library, 1985.

A postcard of an evicted tenant and his family, c.1890.

A postcard of traditional Irish baking on an open hearth, no date, 20th century.

A postcard of the Convent of Saint Louis, Ballymena, no date, 20th century.

A postcard of Portstewart Convent, 1960.

Postcards of the ladies' bathing place, Portrush, 1900-c.1920.


Envelopes of newspaper cuttings and articles on local notables, mostly from County Antrim, who are listed alphabetically by name. This collection was compiled c.1980s-1990s and includes, for example, cuttings and articles on the following:

Lilian Bland, Ulster aviator, Carnmoney.

Heather Brett, poet, Ballymena.

Eve Bunting, children's author, Maghera.

Jessica Chesney, showjumper, Cullybackey.

Ethna Carbery (pen name of Anna Isobel Johnston), poet, Ballymena.

The Davison family of Broughshane.

Margaret Dobbs, scholar, playwright, poet and Irish language enthusiast, Cushendall.

Anne Dunlop, author, Casteldawson.

Molly Dunlop, singer, Ballymena.

Carol Graham, artist, Ballymena.

Valerie Hobson, actress, Larne.

Kate Hoey, politician, Newtownabbey.

Margaret Johnston, bowler, Bellaghy.

Maeve Kyle, athlete, Ballymena.

Shauna Kyle, businesswoman, Ballymena.

The Maquillan family of the Route, Ballymoney.

Deirdre Madden, author, Toombridge.

Elizabeth Magill, artist, Cushendall.

The Mandeville family of the Route, Ballymoney.

The Marconi family of Rathlin Island.

The Massereene family, Antrim.

The McCormick family, Magherafelt.

The Nevin family, County Antrim.

The O'Hara family, Cushendall.

Moira O'Neill, poet, Cushendun.

Dame Dehra Parker, unionist politician, Kilrea.

The Patrick family, Dunminning.

The Perry family, Garvagh.

Charlotte Riddell, author, Carrickfergus.

The Rogers family, Ballintoy.

Amanda McKitterick Ros, author, Larne.

Molly Seaton, female footballer, Whiteabbey.

Christine Steenson, jeweller, Glenarm.

Hilda Stewart, elected President of the Associated Countrywomen of the World in 1998, Randalstown.

Liz Weir, storyteller, Agoghill.

Ella Young, children's author and poet, Galgorm.


Envelopes of newspaper cuttings and articles on various subjects, which are listed alphabetically. This collection was compiled c.1980s-1990s and includes, for example, cuttings and articles on the following:

Cambridge House Girls' School, Ballymena.

The Handloom Weavers Guild (Northern Ireland).

The linen trade in Northern Ireland.

The Jane Orr Memorial Home, Ballymena, County Antrim.

Ballymena Nursery School, County Antrim.

The textile industry in the 1880s.

The Widow's Cottage at Gracehill, County Antrim.



The original Directory listed several news cuttings and articles that are no longer present in the collection:

The Bell family of Armagh (including a printed sketch of the family by T.W. Bell, 1930).

Elizabeth Bowen, author, Dublin.

Deborah Brown, sculptor and artist, Belfast.

The Canning family of Garvagh.

Anne Devlin, author and playwright, Belfast.

The Donegall family, Belfast.

Roma Downey, actress, Londonderry.

Margaret Gallagher, who lived a traditional rural lifestyle of the 19th Century in Belcoo, County Fermanagh.

Jennifer Johnston, author, Londonderry.

Joan Linguard, author, Belfast.

Mary McAleese, professor of law and President of Ireland, Belfast.

Alison Millar, television presenter, Cullybackey.

Alice Milligan, poet, playwright, author and Irish language enthusiast, Omagh.

Patricia Mulholland, ballet dancer, Belfast.

The O'Haughan family, Skerry.

Rhonda Paisley, artist and former lady mayoress of Belfast.

The Patterson family, Templepatrick.

Mary Peters, athlete, Belfast.

Rosamund Praeger, artist, Holywood.

Christine Reid, playwright, Belfast.

The Turnley family, Carnlough.

Louise Walsh, artist, Belfast.

The Brook Clinic, Belfast.

Teenage pregnancy.

Election results for Northern Ireland, 1985-1993.

Embroidery at Montmellick.


Food in 19th century Ireland.

Criticism of the writings of Somerville and Ross.

Spinning wheels.

The Women's Institute (Northern Ireland).

York Street Spinning Mill, Belfast.

AccessAvailable for consultation in the Heritage Department of Ballymena Central Library. Please contact the librarian in advance of your visit.
Repository NameBallymena Central Library
Address5 Pat's Brae Ballymena County Antrim
UK Postal CodeBT43 5AX
Telephone+44 28-2563-3950
Repository Web Address
CommentSome of the information listed from this repository has been extracted from lists available in the library. The lists were compiled by library staff and we are grateful for their assistance. Where partial or no lists were available staff of the Women's History Project constructed an outline list. Due to time constraints not all items in this repository were examined individually.

We are grateful to Maria Diamond and the staff at Libraries NI for their help in updating entries contained in the original Directory.