About Ciaran Toal

Ciaran Toal Research Officer.

Object: Irene MacWilliam’s amazing Irish Linen Wall Hanging

Object: Irene MacWilliam's amazing Irish Linen Wall Hanging LMILC.1997.103 Irene McWilliam is one of the foremost quilters and embroiders.  She was awarded a BEM for services to textile art in 2019, and has won numerous awards for her work.   In 2021 she won RSPB NI's artist of the year!    Irene has exhibited her work in [...]

Objects: James McKowen, the Bard of Lambeg!

Objects: James McKowen, the Bard of Lambeg! In November 2021 the museum launched a new exhibition.  'The Bard of Lambeg, James McKowen (1814-89), Poet of Lisburn’ explores the life and work of local poet and historian James McKowen, and is launched in conjunction with a new book by the author and historian Gilbert Watson.  [...]

Object: Advertising poster for Wm Barbour & Sons, Lisburn

Wm Barbour & Sons Advertising Poster Object: LMILC.2021.226 This wonderful advertising poster for Wm Barbour & Sons Ltd, was recently purchased for the collection.  The museum holds a lot of Barbour-related items, but few have such interesting design elements, from the font to the 'W B' Celtic motif.  Wm Barbour & Sons joined the [...]

New book and exhibition celebrating local poet James McKowen (1814-89), Bard of Lambeg

New book and exhibition celebrating local poet James McKowen (1814-89), Bard of Lambeg As part of Ulster-Scots Language Week the council was pleased to host the launch of a new book ‘History into Poetry, the Works of James McKowen (1814-89), the Bard of Lambeg’.   It was a well-attended evening reception at the Irish Linen Centre [...]

Exhibition Launch: Lisburn, 100 Years, 100 Images

Exhibition: Lisburn, 100 Years, 100 Images The Museum has opened a new photographic exhibition exploring life in Lisburn over the last century. ‘Lisburn: 100 Years, 100 Images’. As part of the council’s NI 100 centenary programme it features photographs from the museum’s collection, and reflects on sporting, political, cultural and civic life over the [...]

Submit your photo or thought! Exhibition: 100 Years, 100 Images

Submit your photo or thought! Exhibition: 100 Years, 100 Images As part of our ‘100 years, 100 photographs’ exhibition, we are encouraging visitors to the gallery to submit a photograph or thought reflecting on the last 100 years of life in Lisburn. This could be a story, a photograph, a personality or [...]

Northern Ireland 100 Years: Lisburn Museum’s NI Centenary Quilt Programme

Northern Ireland 100 Years: Lisburn Museum’s NI Centenary Quilt Programme Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council secured a grant from The Shared History Fund, to deliver a Northern Ireland Centenary Quilt Programme between October and December 2021.   This programme is one of the council’s initiatives to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland.  The National [...]

Call for local veterans:  Join Lisburn Museum’s Force for Change Veterans’ Project

Call for local veterans:  Join Lisburn Museum’s Force for Change Veterans’ Project Lisburn Museum is calling for local veterans to join its Force for Change Veterans’ Project aimed at giving voice to veterans and their families. The Museum has received funding of £20,000 from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to create bespoke programmes with [...]

Lisburn and the Great War Archive, now includes photographs!

Lisburn-and-the-Great-War.com now with photographs! This Lisburn and the Great War research project and database is a joint initiative by Pat Geary, author for the original Friends’ School website, and the museum.  The project intends to preserve a permanent record of the hundreds of men and women from Lisburn and district who served and died in [...]

Historic Photo: Ginesi’s Fish & Chip Shop, Market Square

Historic Photo: Ginesi's Fish & Chip Shop, Market Square The Classic Supper Saloon, or Ginesi's, was a fish & chip shop at 25 Market Square.  Established in the 1930s, the shop was hugely popular with the people of Lisburn and surrounding area.  We were delighted to add this photo, of Dominic Ginesi [...]

Video: BBC’s ‘Road to Partition’ feat. the Museum’s Collections

Video: BBC's 'Road to Partition' feat. the Museum's Collections In early 2021 the museum was delighted to be invited to take part in the filming of a new three-part series on the history of the partition of Ireland.  The museum's Research Officer Dr Ciaran Toal told the story of the Swanzy Riots [...]

Press Release: Northern Ireland 100 years ago: Lisburn Museum unveils new Centenary Exhibition

Today (22nd June) the Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Alderman Stephen Martin opened the new exhibition at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum.  The exhibition is entitled ‘Planting a Parliament: partition and the foundation of Northern Ireland, 1920-22’ (also available online). Mayor Martin was joined at [...]

Photo: Mayor Tinsley and School Children in Castle Gardens, 2008

Photo: Mayor Tinsley planting bulbs in Castle Gardens, 2008 This photograph shows pupils from St. Joseph's, Brownlee and Forthill primaries with Mayor James Tinsley in 2008.  The children joined the Mayor to plant Dutch bulbs, and help recreate the Castle Gardens of previous centuries. Do you remember the event?  Let us know, [...]

Press Release: Lisburn Museum partners with the GAA Museum

Lisburn Museum partners with the GAA Museum The Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum partnered with the GAA Museum, Croke Park during the pandemic as part of the ‘Interpreting Museums Programme’. This cross-border collaboration has strengthened relationships between the museums.  The programme was organised in partnership with the Irish Museums Association and Northern [...]

Photo: Professor Frank Pantridge and Mayor McAllister in Wallace Park, 1991

Photo: Frank Pantridge and Mayor McAllister, 1991 In this photograph, Mayor William McAllister (UUP) plants a tree with Frank Pantridge CBE. Known as the ‘Father of Emergency Medicine’ Professor Pantridge was awarded the freedom of the borough in 1991, and planted this tree in Wallace Park to mark the event. Born near [...]

Photo: Mayor O’Hagan and the site of the Huguenot Church, Castle Street

Photo: Mayor O'Hagan and the site of the Huguenot Church, Castle Street In 1998 Lisburn Borough Council Mayor Peter O'Hagan unveiled a plaque on Castle Street, Lisburn, on the site of the former Huguenot Church in Lisburn. The Huguenots were protestants, who fled France in the 17th-century after Louis XIV revoked the [...]

Advert: George Duncan & Sons, Market Square, Lisburn c.1921

Market Square, 1919 by David Gould (1871-1952) ILC&LM Collection Born in Scotland, David Gould came to Belfast in 1891 to learn damask designing but qualified as an art teacher after attending the Government School of Art. He lived in Lisburn between 1909 and 1926 and taught at Friends’ School, Lisburn for several years. The [...]

Photos: Lisburn Fire Engine at a fire in Market Square, 1949

Photos: Lisburn Fire Engine at a fire in Market Square, 1949 Purchased in 1939, and delivered to the Lisburn Fire Station in Railway Street in early September, this Dennis Light Four Engine served with the fire service in Lisburn until the early 1950s.  In 1949 the engine was involved in putting out [...]

The end of an era? Lisnagarvey Transmitting Station

The end of an era? Lisnagarvey Transmitting Tower Opened in 1936, Lisnagarvey Transmitting Station at Sprucefield, outside Lisburn. was part of a regional broadcasting initiative. Its distinctive ‘Blaw-Knox tower' is a familiar site to many motorists on the A1 road, standing at almost 500 feet. The Marconi transmitter at Lisnagarvey was hugely [...]

Exhibition: Planting a parliament: partition and the foundation of Northern Ireland, 1920-22

Launch of a new exhibition: 'Planting a Parliament: partition and the foundation of Northern Ireland, 1920-22' “You cannot knock Parliaments up and down as you do a ball, and once you have planted them there, you cannot get rid of them” Sir Edward Carson, December 1919 To mark the centenary of Northern Ireland we [...]

From Lisburn Museum’s Archives: HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021) and his first visit to Lisburn

From Lisburn Museum's Archives: HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021) and his first visit to Lisburn Born in Corfu, Greece, the young Prince Philip’s early life was turbulent.  Following a coup against the Greek Royal Family, he fled to Paris.  Philip was educated in England and Scotland, and joined the [...]

NI Centenary Talks Programme 2021

NI Centenary Talks Programme 2021 As part of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's Centenary Programme, marking 100 years since the foundation of Northern Ireland, we are pleased to announce a new series of talks.  The programme reflects on a range of Centenary-related themes, including history, sports, industry, the arts and identity, and feature Dr [...]

Photo: girls in green taken on GB hockey (Lisnagarvey Hockey, 1912)

Photo: Girls in green take on GB Hockey Girls in green taken on GB hockey! This weekend (13 March 2021) the Irish Ladies' Hockey team (which has eight Ulster players on the squad) are playing matches against the Olympic Champions Great Britain at Queen’s University, Belfast. This photo shows Lisnagarvey Ladies' [...]

Video: Lady Wallace: The French woman who gifted the Wallace Collection to the British nation (and controlled the Lisburn estate!)

Video: Lady Wallace: The French woman who gifted the Wallace Collection to the British nation (and controlled the Lisburn estate!) In this talk Wallace Collection curator Suzanne Higgott discusses the life and legacy of Lady Wallace, the shy, enigmatic French woman who bequeathed the Wallace Collection to the nation. Born in [...]

Photo: plaque from Barbour Park, Bridge Street/Sloan Street

Photo: plaque from Barbour Park, Bridge Street/Sloan Street The Barbour family left a  rich legacy to Lisburn, including the Barbour Playground.  Given by Anna Edwards Barbour, a philanthropist and husband of Harold Barbour, she passed on the opportunity for a formal opening in 1929, so the children could play as early as possible. A [...]

Video: Dr Patricia Marsh – “The doctors are being run off their feet”: Spanish Flu in Lisburn

Video: Dr Patricia Marsh - "The doctors are being run off their feet": Spanish Flu in Lisburn Dr Patricia Marsh is a medical historian and expert on the history of the Spanish Flu in Ireland and Ulster. Dr Marsh has spoken widely on the flu pandemic, including at Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin, Ireland. In this [...]

Video: Dr Alan Parkinson – The Northern Troubles 1920-22

Video: Dr Alan Parkinson - The Northern Troubles 1920-22 In this talk Dr Alan Parkinson, author of Belfast’s Unholy War (2004) will examine the troubles in Ulster in the 1920s, from Belfast, Derry and Lisburn, and the violent context that surrounded the birth of Northern Ireland (1921). Alan Parkinson is a former university history lecturer/teacher-trainer. [...]

Video: Cormac Moore – The day-to-day effects of Partition in Ireland

Video: Cormac Moore- The day-to-day effects of Partition in Ireland Dr Cormac Moore is Historian-in-Residence with Dublin City Council, and author of a number of books including The Irish Soccer Split (2015) and The Birth of the Border (2019). In this talk Cormac will explore the impact of partition, from law to sport, agriculture to [...]

Video: Christopher Magill – The East Ulster Riots and the Formation of The Special Constabulary 1920

Video: Christopher Magill - The East Ulster Riots and the Formation of The Special Constabulary 1920 In this talk, Christopher Magill examines Ulster in 1920, from the shipyard expulsions to the wave of summer rioting that swept through Banbridge, Dromore, Belfast and Lisburn, and the emergence of the Ulster Special Constabulary (USC). Dr Christopher Magill [...]

Video: Pearse Lawlor: Lisburn – The Burnings, 1920

Video: Pearse Lawlor: Lisburn - The Burnings, 1920 In this talks Pearse Lawlor examines the murder of RIC DI Swanzy in August 1920, and the events which led to serious sectarian rioting and the burning of Catholic owned property in Lisburn throughout summer 1920. View the video here: https://youtu.be/W8x9T9ofcuQ This series was generously supported by [...]

Video: Prof Brian Walker – Centenaries, 1920-23: commemorations, conflict and conciliation

Video: Prof Brian Walker - Centenaries, 1920-23: commemorations, conflict and conciliation In this talk, Prof Brian Walker explores the issue of anniversaries, centenaries and commemoration in Ireland, from 1798 in 1998 through to 2021 and the ‘birth’ of Northern Ireland, reflecting on our changing response to remembering. Brian M. Walker is an historian and Professor [...]

The Barbours of Kilbarchan: Lisburn’s linen Family and their Ulster-Scots Links

The Barbours of Kilbarchan: Lisburn's linen Family and their Ulster-Scots Links November 23-25 2020 marks Ulster-Scots week, an annual initiative from the Ulster-Scots Agency to promote awareness and appreciation of the Ulster-Scots language or dialect. Lisburn is famous for its links to the linen industry, and for the manufacture of linen thread which [...]

Ulster Scots, a linen-weaving dictionary

Ulster Scots, a linen-weaving dictionary Part of a series on Ulster Scots across LCCC to mark Ulster Scots Language Week, 2020. As Scottish immigrants moved into Ulster throughout the 17th century, they brought ‘distinctive’ Scots speech, spelling, vocabulary and grammar. Over 400 years later, the rich heritage of this marriage is [...]

Castle Gardens Geophysical Survey, November 2020

Castle Gardens Geophysical Survey, November 2020 In early November 2020 archaeologists from Queen's University Belfast conducted a geophysical survey of Castle Gardens, as part of a preliminary survey to ascertain the location of the 17th-century manor house. What is Geophysics? Geophysics is a form of remote sensing.  And, according to Historic England: Geophysical survey is [...]

Winter Talks Programme 2020 feat Pearse Lawlor, Chris Magill, Brian Walker, Cormac Moore, Alan Parkinson and Patricia Marsh

Winter Talks Programme 2020 feat Pearse Lawlor, Chris Magill, Brian Walker, Cormac Moore, Alan Parkinson and Patricia Marsh We are pleased to announce our Winter 2020/2021 online talks programme, supported by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's Good Relations Programme. The talks are free and will take place online via Youtube at 7pm (the previously scheduled [...]

Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum Re-Opens *Press Release*

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum is now offering both personal and online visitor experiences as it continues to innovate and adapt to the challenges of the Covid 19 pandemic. The doors of the iconic Museum will reopen Thursday 20th August for visitors. At the same time a brand new [...]

What is a motte and bailey? Let’s look at Duneight, outside Lisburn..

What is a motte and bailey? Let's look at Duneight, outside Lisburn.. Copyright, Environment and Heritage Service Situated on the Ravarnet River, this rath was later re-purposed during the 12th-century Anglo-Norman period as a motte and bailey. A motte and bailey is a type of castle situated on a raised earthwork and surrounded [...]

Drumbo Round Tower

Drumbo Round Tower, from The History of the Town of Belfast with ... a statistical survey of the parish of Belfast, By George Benn, 1823 Drumbo Round Tower A familiar sight for anyone travelling through the village of Drumbo, south-east of Lisburn.  Drumbo round tower is located in the grounds of Drumbo Presbyterian [...]

Castle Gardens Object: Sir John Murray Scott (1847-1912)

Castle Gardens Object: Sir John Murray Scott (1847-1912) Sir John Murray Scott (1847-1912) Vanity Fair Print, 1909 ILC&LM Collection John Murray Scott was an advisor and secretary to Sir Richard and Lady Wallace. Following the death of Lady Wallace in 1897 he inherited her vast wealth and art collection, with the exception of the works [...]

Castle Gardens Object: Dean Stannus (1788-1876)

Castle Gardens Object: Dean Stannus (1788-1876) Dean Stannus (1788-1876) Photograph ILC&LM Collection   The Very Rev Dean Stannus (1788-1876) acted as Agent for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Marquesses from 1817, and was an immensely powerful figure. He lived in the Marquess’ house on Castle Street.  In the early 19th century he replaced the blank [...]

Archive: Castle Gardens, Crimean Cannon and Castle House in the Snow

Archive: Castle Gardens, Crimean Cannon and Castle House in the Snow This fabulous view of Castle Gardens captures Castle House and the Crimean Cannon in the snow.  This cannon was captured at the Battle of Sebastopol. Admiral Henry Meynell (1789 – 1865), a former MP for Lisburn, presented it to the town in 1858.

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