Thursday, 10 November 2016

Hanlon and O'Hanlon - Parish of Clonduff in south County Down

I met someone today who was researching her Hanlon/O'Hanlon ancestors; they lived in the Parish of Clonduff in the south of Co Down and to the east of Newry.

I've just done a little research on this family.  Michael Hanlon married Annie Morgan in 1892. He was baptised in 1857 along with a twin sister Anne. I've found an 1881 wedding between an Anne Hanlon and John Gilmore [son of Peter], both living in the same townland at the time of their marriage. Michael and this Anne have the same father - Michael - and lived in the same townland so could be the twins who were baptised in 1857. Michael snr was married to a Mary Ann Doran.

Michael jnr died in 1938, aged 79, and there's an abstract of his will on the PRONI website.

I've found, in this Rathfriland district, the deaths of a Michael Hanlon [married] in 1876, aged 54 and a Mary O'Hanlon [widowed] in 1894, aged 75. Perhaps these were Michael jnr's parents.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Ballycastle - 5th Annual Santa's Pony Parade - December 3

Organised by Roisin McGinn and Nicole McGinn

Now in its 5th year, Santa's Pony Parade, Ballycastle is a fun, festive spectacle to raise money for orphan diseases.  Donations accepted in lieu of entrance fee; refreshments included and prizes for best horse/pony costumes. We've also got a few surprises up our sleeves this year!

Pre-register to be in with a chance of winning a fabulous cooler rug!

Download THIS form and return to

(T and Cs: Winner must have returned the form and also presented their mobile ticket on the day as proof of pre-registration - good luck!)

Monday, 3 October 2016

Creation of the Antrim Coast Road - BBC 2, Northern Ireland - October 9, 16 and 23

"A new three-part series from BBC Northern Ireland tells the largely unknown story of the creation of the Antrim Coast Road as well as stories about its history and its people." .. Farming Life

Glendun Viaduct

"Early in the 19th century, in the reign of William IV, the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland reported that the Glens of Antrim were "cut off from any reasonable communication by the badness of roads over mountains and slopes varying from 1 in 6 to 1 in 12". The Commissioners conceived a great project to build the Antrim Coast Road to give better access for the inhabitants, open up the Glens for trade, and give a form of unemployment relief.

The Antrim Coast Road was promoted by the Commissioners, but it was their civil engineer, William Bald, who had the vision of building the road along the foot of the cliffs. He did so between 1832 and 1842, supervised by the County Surveyors of the day – Thomas Woodhouse (1832–1836) and Charles Lanyon (1836–1842)." .. Wikipedia

Cushendun viewed from the A2

William Bald: Cartographer, Surveyor and Engineer