Northern Ireland Snapshots | Local history and famous landmarks in the 1940s, 50s and 60s
CHANNEL | BBC Northern Ireland
RECORDED | circa 1960
DURATION | 3 minutes 07 seconds
On the windswept shores of Ballycastle stand the ruins of a 15th-Century Franciscan monastery. Here, James Boyce tells the stories of Sorley Boy MacDonnell and the stolen jewelled cross of Columcille. He then visits the graveyard where the remains of many of the MacDonnell clan lie alongside sailors who perished during World War I.
St Columcille founded the monastery at Iona and is associated with the 'Book of Kells', although the origins of the famous illustrated Bible have never been accurately established. Legend also has it that Columcille encountered the Loch Ness Monster and commanded it to return below the water.
A tour around Belfast's 'palace of variety'.
Death and despair await those who interfere with an auspicious tree.
Treasures from around the world on display in Ballycastle.
The lending library that once housed a mummy.
New amenities bring relief to Bessbrook.
The unsavoury tale of a disgruntled social outcast.
A visit to the melancholic Bonamargy Friary and graveyard.
Are there fairies on the hillside?
Grizzly tales of executions at Downpatrick jail.
The story of the wicked Lady Alice and the castle she tried to steal.
What was King Billy's favourite drink?
'Chance encounters with old, forgotten things' at the auction house on Chichester Street.
One hundred years' worth of domestic appliances gathered in one kitchen.
The Antrim home of writer Alexander Irvine is restored.
The well-known Belfast thoroughfare prepares for Christmas.
How an ancient site near Cookstown is connected with the Stone of Scone and Dean Swift.
Wartime hospital sold off brick by brick.
The music festival is in full swing on a sunny day in Clones.
Scenic photographs from around the region.
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