On this day: a post-war wedding.

Creator-_H__Allison_&_Co__Photographers_(5511923143)14th September 1945 Burton family of Caledon, County Tyrone County Armagh Northern Ireland - Wedding Portrait

14th September 1945: Less than two weeks after the end of the war, and after six years and one day of conflict, the Burton family of Caledon, Northern Ireland celebrate a wedding. Note the groom appears to be in uniform.

Northern Ireland was bombed by the Nazis during the Second World War, in the so-called Belfast Blitz.

The village of Caledon is in County Tyrone, on the border with County Armagh. The Earl of Caledon resides there.

On this day: Xenophobia in America

This anti-Irish propaganda image was published in American magazine in Harper's Weekly on the 2nd of September, 1871. Created by famed German-born caricaturist Thomas Nast

This anti-Irish propaganda image was published in American magazine in Harper’s Weekly on the 2nd of September, 1871. Created by famed German-born caricaturist Thomas Nast, the man commonly credited with creating the modern-day image of Santa Claus, it was titled “The Usual Irish Way of Doing Things”.

On this day…

Creator H. Allison & Co. Photographers Date 22nd November 1906 McAdam family of Ashfield, Cootehill, County Cavan. Ireland Edwardian Era


22nd November 1906: the McAdam family of Ashfield, Cootehill, County Cavan (which falls in modern-day Republic of Ireland).

Since the Partition of Ireland in the 1920s County Cavan, part of the region of Ulster, has formed part of the Border Region with Northern Ireland.

The photograph was taken by H. Allison & Co. Photographers, and is held in the public record office of Northern Ireland.

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Creator-_H__Allison_&_Co__PhotographersThe Rynatt family of Northern Ireland. Family portrait 9th November 1944. The family members are dressed in military clothing, as Northern Ireland


The Rynatt family of Northern Ireland. Family portrait taken on the 9th of November, 1944. Some family members are dressed in military clothing, as Northern Ireland fought in the Second World War and came under attack from the Nazis.

On this day: Market Day in Ireland

Would_have_been_perfect_if_the_Butcher's_Shop_was_called_Hazlett!_(9553954028)Very patiently queueing horses at the Market Square in Dromore, Co. Down. Ireland Edwardian Northern Ireland

From the National Library of Ireland

This photograph is thought to be from Sunday the 9th of October, 1904. Horses wait in a queue in the market town of Dromore in County Down.

Dromore is now in Northern Ireland.


Few places in Northern Ireland were as politically charged during The Troubles as Derry (or Londonderry, depending on your views).

Below is the iconic (Catholic) sign – it’s not usually pink!, followed by the Unionist side of town (note the streets painted red, white and blue). Also a Catholic church, the Protestant cathedral, and an Australian flag with the Union Jack covered over!






Downhill Demesne

Yesterday we visited Downhill (or what’s left of it!), which is in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland.

Built by the bizarre English aristocrat Frederick, 4th Earl of Bristol and Lord Bishop of Derry – yes, he was both – the house is now a ruin, but the Mussenden Temple perched on the cliff at the edge of the estate survives. It is said he kept his mistress there.





Dunluce Castle

I visited Dunluce Castle yesterday afternoon (and it was free because of a European heritage weekend!). That’s me in the last picture, rushing back to the car when it started pouring rain!

I’ve been to the castle before, but forgot how enormous it is, on the edge of a windy cliff. A few centuries ago some of the castle actually fell into the sea.