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Templecorran Churchyard

Just yards away from James Orr‘s grave is the ruined church of Templecorran. If you were here in the late seventeenth century, you might have heard the voice of Jonathan Swift drifting out of the building. If you were here … Continue reading

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Templecorran – Remember Orr!

On a soggy December Antrim day, we found ourselves trudging around near Larne, up a soggy hill, with a biting wind gnawing our knuckles. We were at the grave of James Orr. Not by design, it has to be said … Continue reading

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St Malachy’s Christian Brothers’ School, Oxford Street, Belfast

The Christian Brothers and the Order Of The Phoenix St Malachy’s school opened on the banks of the Lagan in 1874. When a well-to-do lady called Margaret Magill died, she left a sum of £2,400 to the Christian Brothers, on … Continue reading

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Wainwright Exquisitely Lovely Golden Ale

Wellllll, maybe I did just buy it for the name. Or rather, that’s what made it jump out from an excellent selection of brews in Sainsbury’s this evening, anyway. A beer named in honour of grumpy hikers? The patron saint … Continue reading

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Charleville Castle, Tullamore, County Offaly

The day after Castle Ward, we set off for Offaly to meet Timothy. The weather was still holding: it was about 24°C, with barely a cloud in sight. The route is pretty straightforward; you just keep on the same road … Continue reading

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Castle Ward Boundary Trail

“Those cows are far away”…with the Ards Peninsula across the water, and the Mull of Galloway on the horizon. A weekday walk’s always better if you’re going somewhere like Castle Ward. Less traffic, a lack of crowds, and the knowledge … Continue reading

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Cave Hill, County Antrim, And How We Kept It Ours

In 1855, the Belfast merchant Joseph Magill may well have felt quite sanguine. His linen trading was doing well; his family owned vast swathes of land across County Antrim; and Martlett Towers, his mansion on Cave Hill overlooking the city of … Continue reading

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