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2016

8th September:

TITANIC: THE WORKERS’ STORY – author and historian ALLISON MURPHY of the Belfast Titanic Society, takes a different angle by exploring the life and times of the workers who built the ill-fated ship.

13th October:

LISSAN HOUSE AND DEMESNE: A STORY OF DECLINE OR SURVIVAL? – This enchanting country residence near Cookstown, a family home for nearly 400 years, opened to the public in 2012. Our guide to its history and those associated with it will be Dr. NEIL WATT, manager of the demesne.

10th November:

SAINT COLUMBANUS – Dr. IAN ADAMSON OBE, the well-known politician, historian and author, will talk to us about this famous Irish missionary closely associated with Bangor Abbey and a key figure in Irish missionary activity in early medieval Europe.

2017

12th January:

THE THEFT OF THE IRISH CROWN JEWELS – We welcome back CLIVE SCOULAR to investigate the disappearance of these jewels from Dublin Castle in 1907 and to speculate on their likely fate which remains the subject of controversy to the present day.

9th February:

THE HISTORY OF THE DOWN RECORDER – The “Local Newspaper of the Year” in 2014 and 2015, The Down Recorder was first published in 1836. PAUL SYMINGTON, the current editor, will talk about its long and distinguished history.

9th March:

SIR JAMES MARTIN : EJECTION SEAT PIONEER – The invention of the distinguished engineer born in Crossgar has saved the lives of thousands of aviators. His story will be recounted by ERNIE CROMIE BEM, the well-known aviation historian and author.

6th April:

“TONES THAT ARE TENDER”: THE PERCY FRENCH STORY – BERRIE O’NEILL, President of the North Down Percy French Society, will re-examine the life and times of this celebrated song-writer and popular entertainer.

Preceded by a brief Annual General Meeting.

May: MEMBERS’ NIGHT – Details to be announced
June: ANNUAL OUTING – Details to be announced

All talks will be held in the Woodrow Room of Saintfield Parish Church Hall at 8.00 p.m.

Please note that there will be no talk in December.

Members are invited to bring their friends or family.

Non-members are also very welcome to attend.