Community Notice Board

The notice board for the Factory Community Forum in the Boyne Square/Ferris Park area of Larne has seen better days. The group’s web site is operational but advertising events from 2015.
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Wings Appeal

The Royal Air Forces Association’s ‘Wings Appeal’ has been raising money to support Air Force members and their families since 1951 (RAFA). This bed of flowers in the pattern of the Air Force’s red, white, and blue roundel (the reverse of the French roundel) is at the start of the Antiville Road in Larne.
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Larne For A Happy Holiday

These three (reproduction) advertisements date to before partition. Thus (on the left) McNeill’s hotel of “Co Antrim, Ireland”, which also transported tourists along the Antrim coastline, promises information on “How to spend a cheap holiday in the north of Ireland”.
On the right is a poster for State Line steamships, which ran services from Glasgow to Liverpool to New Orleans and from Glasgow to Larne to New York (ShipsList).
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Join Yourself To This Chariot

“Which way is your life going? Easy street? Hard slog? No where? Dead End? Call us & see if we can help guide you.” “God said to Philip, “Go near, and join yourself to this chariot.” Acts 8:29” The chariot in Philip’s case contained an Ethiopian eunuch, reading the book of Isaiah, which Philip explained and so converted him. The chariot in our case contains the number for Glory Road Ministries.
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They Fought And Died Like Men

Here are five more images of the WWI memorial mural (featured yesterday) in Drumahoe Gardens, Larne, including a plaque to Walter Brownlee and his brothers Edward and Harry, all of whom survived the war.
“There are lonely homes in Ulster/Some “light of life” has shed/There are many names of loved ones/Among the list of dead.//They fell for God and honour;/Why are ye lonely when/They answered soon as they were asked/And fought and died like men!”
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Larne Remembers Her Fallen

History Hub Ulster and Larne Urban District Council are conducting a search for additional names of residents from the Larne area who died in WWI, to add to the 147 included on the war memorial in Inver. The dead are also remembered in this wrap-around mural in Milbrook. We will have close-ups of the different panels and plaques tomorrow. For images of the launch, see the Friends of the 36th – Cairncastle facebook page.
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Faded Glory

These five images show the remains of an Ulster Special Service Force (USSF) mural in Drumahoe Gardens, Millbrook. In addition to the union flag and emblem of the unit, the mural showed the Covenant and Carson, the gunrunning ship Clyde Valley which landed at Larne (not shown here), the garlanded red hand shown above, a memorial lamp post(?) not shown, soldiers from the 36th Division going over the top (fourth), the Ulster Tower and a helmet on a cross (not shown).
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Secret Army Silhouettes

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Secret army silhouettes of the UDA’s 3rd Battalion, D Company from Antiville, Larne.
The first wide shot, below, shows the complete line-up of UDA/UFF/UYM boards, including Eddie acting as a UDA flag-bearer. The second shows the royal family boards on the north side of the wall.
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Amazing Night At Larne

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“Amazing night at Larne – Wholesale gun-running — Thousands of rifles landed — Three-and-a-half million cartidges – Motors from far and near – Astounding achievement — Special To Telegraph”.
The weapons on board the Clyde Valley began their journey on a different ship, the Fanny. However, Fanny’s papers were siezed by Danish authorities, as they thought the weapons were destined for home-rulers in Iceland! The ship escaped in bad weather and Clyde Valley sailed from Glasgow to the Irish sea off Wexford where it met Fanny, took the materiel on board, and temporarily renamed itself Mountjoy II using canvas sheets. From there, it sailed to Larne and then Bangor, off-loading weapons in both places for use by the Ulster Volunteers.
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The Battle Of Antiville

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The experts’ best guess for this painting is that the gentleman on the white horse is James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, at the siege of Maastricht in 1673. Scott was commander of the English forces fighting with the French during the Franco-Dutch war. It’s not clear, thus, what the connection is to the Antiville area of Larne or the wars fought in Ireland over the English crown. It was painted by Jan Wyck, who also did a painting of the Battle of the Boyne. On either side (as shown below) are a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and the English version of the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom.
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