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On Monday 29th September 2014, Dr. Éamon Phoenix, (political historian, broadcaster and head of life-long learning at Stranmillis University College) brought his Life-long learners to the Upper Bann Valley. They began Week One of their tour at the Society of Friends Meeting House at Moyallon and then continued to Woodbank House, finishing at Elmfield Castle.

Our own historian, Plunkett Campbell organised the tour and shared his knowledge of the Linen Industry with this dedicated band of  'Lifelong Learners' from Stranmillis. 
Thanks to the group for sharing their photographs with us.


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This couple, John and Ruth McCormack,  were married in this church many years ago.

 

 

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The group were very interested in the graveyard at Moyallon

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WOODBANK HOUSE

Mr. Maynard Sinton very kindly welcomed the group and spoke about his family connection with the linen industry.

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ELMFIELD CASTLE

The Shaw family welcomed the group to Elmfield.

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WEEK 2

Week 2 began with a visit to the Pot Belly Restaurant - site of the old Banford Bleach Works.

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The old Mill is a short walk away from Tullylish Church of Ireland

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Éamon and Plunkett kept the enthusiastic life-learners amused with stories about the Reverend W. B. Yeats who was a rector at this church.

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The final resting place of Hugh Dunbar McMaster

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The group then moved on to Gilford Castle

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Mrs. Christine Wright graciously welcomed the 'life-learners'.

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Walking through the village of Gilford to the next stop = Dunbarton House

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Stopping for the magnificent view of the old Gilford Mill.

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Dr. Lyons welcomed everyone to his home.

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Dr. Lyons invited the group into this home to view some old photos of the house when it was used as a hospital

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Week 3 began at Banbridge Golf Club.
The group walked across the Huntly Road to Dunbarton Bridge - the spot where it is said that William crossed on his way to the Boyne.

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Dunbarton Bridge

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At the side of Huntly House, built by Hugh Dunbar.

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The group then visited Kernan Lough where a battle is said to have taken place in 1641

Battle of Kernan Lough

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At Lisnavaragh Rath, just off the Banbridge-Scarva Road

LISNAVARAGH RATH

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 The group met at the Banbridge Leisure Centure before their tour of Banbridge

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Click on above photo for more information on this church.

First on the list was the First Presbyterian Church, where the group saw the magnificent memorial to Hugh Dunbar.

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 Next stop was the familiar Crozier Monument in Church Square

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Click above picture for more information on the Crozier Monument

 

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THE CUT /JINGLERS BRIDGE

 

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 The recently restored 'Old Market House'.

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 Overlooking "The Cut"

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Click on above photo for more information on the Downshire Arms Hotel

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