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The Second World War RAF Air Crash Disasters on The Collin Mountain

The Second World War RAF Air Crash Disasters on The Collin Mountain

Today we remember the 14 RAF airmen who were killed or injured during the Second World War in two tragic accidents on The Collin Mountain and take time to again thank local historian William Cobain for his tireless campaign to have a memorial erected at The Collin Mountain and in War Memorial Park, Ballyclare to recognise the ultimate...

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The Mysterious Disappearance of Ballyclare's German Artillery Guns

The Mysterious Disappearance of Ballyclare's German Artillery Guns

At the end of the Great War, King George V sent two German artillery guns to Ballyclare in recognition of the many men from the town and district who gave their lives for their country during the conflict.  The guns were said to have been captured at the Battle of Messines in June 1917, during which the men of Ballyclare mainly in C...

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East Antrim Harriers. 110 years and running.

East Antrim Harriers. 110 years and running.

In September 1907 a small group of Ballyclare-based runners who were members of Belfast Trinity Harriers decided to form their own club in the town. They met in a barn at the back of Baird’s public house on Main Street and chose the name East Antrim Harriers. Little did they know that from these humble beginnings they were forming...

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Love Ballyclare People Awards 2016 Launched

Love Ballyclare People Awards 2016 Launched

It's been another eventful year in Ballyclare with so many great businesses, clubs, teams and people from the town doing wonderful things. Now it's time for you to recognise and reward them by making your nominations and voting in the 2016 Love Ballyclare People Awards. This is the third year of the People Awards so if you want to show your...

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Susan Grace Bates School of Music Christmas Concert 2016

Susan Grace Bates School of Music Christmas Concert 2016

The Susan Grace Bates School of Music held its first Christmas Concert in Doagh Methodist Church on Saturday 17 December 2016. The talented group of musicians treated an appreciative, full house of family and friends to a wonderful collection of Christmas classics from 'Little Donkey' to 'O Holy Night'.   An historic evening for the...

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A Sense of Christmas

A Sense of Christmas

'A Sense of Christmas' was an exploration of Christmas through the eyes and ears of members of the East Antrim Ladies Farm Forum and members of Ballyclare and Ballygowan Parish and Second Ballyeaston Presbyterian Church. Featuring songs and memories, old and new, the line up for the special evenings held in Second Ballyeaston Presbyterian...

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Therapy? rock BBC Northern Ireland's Across the Line 30th Birthday Concert at the Ulster Hall

An incredible evening of local music last night in the Ulster Hall, Belfast as BBC Northern Ireland celebrated the 30th birthday of its groundbreaking 'Across the Line'. Wonderful to see so many musicians from Northern Ireland producing amazing work across 3 decades and a brilliant idea to ask each of the performers last night to...

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Parkgate Donkey Day 2016

Parkgate Donkey Day 2016

We didn't let the rain dampen the spirits at Parkgate's Annual Donkey Day in support of Diabetes UK NI on Saturday 3 September 2016. Another tremendous turnout from local folk and a wonderful family atmosphere in the field as young and old enjoyed great live music, colourful stalls, amazing pets, vintage tractors, cars and steam engines,...

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Parkgate Donkey Day 2016

Parkgate Donkey Day 2016

Always a very special day in the Ballyclare and District social calendar, this year's Parkgate Donkey Day will take place in the village on Saturday 3 September 2016 from 1pm. To get everyone in the mood, this was the highlight of the 2015 Day. And below we've included some photographs from 2015 and 2014. So many happy memories here.

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A History of Ballyclare Victoria Flute Band

A History of Ballyclare Victoria Flute Band

Ballyclare Victoria Flute Band was formed in early Spring 1919 around about the same time as Sammy Murray, Arthur McGuigan and Bob Grange were talking about setting up a football club at the Ballyclare branch of the Comrades of the Great War Association. When they started, no one in the band could play a flute but they set themselves a...

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The curious tale of the runaway barrage balloon that ended with a car up a tree.

The curious tale of the runaway barrage balloon that ended with a car up a tree.

Ever wondered why this motto is painted on the wall above the Grange Bar in Ballyclare? When Jack Grange, the publican of the Northern Bar (now The Grange) set off with his mum, sister and their two dogs in their little Morris car for a Sunday afternoon drive in November 1941, they could have not known what adventure was ahead of them as they...

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A History of Ballyclare Comrades Football Club

A History of Ballyclare Comrades Football Club

It was an afternoon, late in February 1919, just three months after the signing of the Armistice, when Sammy Murray and Arthur McGuigan, two disabled veterans of the First World War sat talking in a small room overlooking the Main Street in Ballyclare. The room was part of a small shop, rented for ten shillings each week as their headquarters by...

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