Article contributed by Adrian Calderwood - June
I now live in Australia and am a school principal. I attended Harryville
Primary School between 1958 and 1963 at which time
my family emigrated to
I enjoyed my time at the school but one enduring
memory is being caned by Mr Leech the headmaster,
because my handwriting in
Mr Edmonson's class was not up to scratch. To make
things worse I was then expected to redo the writing
with my hands throbbing from
remember Mr Edmundson's classes and
the way he could smack you behind the knees so
that you sprawled on the floor. Another lasting memory
is thawing the milk on the radiators each
day during the winter.
I have twice been back to visit the school (in '97 and again last
year, 2004) and found that it was still
very similar to when I had attended in 1958 to 63.
I guess we remember the worst aspect but I also remember
some great times.
Friends that I have now lost touch
with like Alistair Wade, Quentin McFall, Jane Turtle,
It is amazing how
some things stick and others disappear as I am
aware that these individuals were not my closest
friends. I remember sitting
the '11 plus' just before
leaving Ireland and then going straight into a
secondary school on arrival in Portland Victoria.
That was quite an experience
quite another story.
I would love to contact some classmates from my time
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Isobel Neill nee Rainey - March '06
I attended harryville school from 1953/1960. i also
remember mrs wilson and mrs brown mr o'neill was my
favouret teacher. i have two brothers roy and david
rainey who also attended harryville. my name is isobel
now neill. my husband and i left antrim in 1974 and
went to live in canada. we also had a 2yr old son ryan.
we had 2 more children in canada. in 1990 we decided
to move back to ballymena and stayed for 12 yrs before
moving back to canada again. my friends were peggy irons
,roberta elder. i lived on the moat rd near the craigbilly
rd. the churches and adgers and grahams all lived on
the same row as me before they built houses on the gypsy
YP&M - Harryville Primary School