Tom Cully - Sept '08
I recall early one Sunday morning (1959/60 - around 17/18
at the time) aboard my trusty steed (my bicycle) I started
out on a jaunt. I always enjoyed cycling and as the day unfolded
I found that I had cycled from Belfast to Antrim and then
headed around the other side of Lough Neagh. By around 5
- 6 pm I was headed towards Lurgan, but noticed that there
was a ferry going from a point (don't recall the name) across
the tail end of the Lough. Saving me going through Lurgan,
I made the ferry trip and from that point it was easier to
head for Lisburn. The daylight was fading but I and lights,
but I had developed a slow puncture and every so often I
had to stop and pump up the back tyre. All went very well
until I got into Lisburn town and the tyre would not take
in any air. The "slow" puncture became a tear in
the inner tube. So, I had to walk. It must have been around
8 - 9 pm. Walking along country, unlit roads was not to much
bother then as the traffic was fairly !
light. But it was nearly midnight when I eventually wound my way up my street
only to be greeted by Mother, Sisters and half the neighbourhood!! They were
about to call the police and report me as missing!
I have always looked back on this experience with pleasure. But I was never able
to work out the mileage from Belfast all the way round Lough Neagh and back to
Belfast. Anyone any ideas? My own vague calculation is around 80 miles?? A mate
and I tried to do the same trip some time later, but we got fed up some time
after Antrim and headed home. Happy days ! !
Tommy Dougan - Feb '07
When we were about 14 or 15 we decided to cycle to Lough Neagh,
we were excited and a bit over-awded when we saw it in front
of us. As we walked along the shore line I kicked something
and when I picked it up it had coloured glass as we thought,
in the bulbous head. After having a bit of a look at it, in
my wisdom I decided to see how far I could throw it, even
after all these years I still get upset when I think that
I could have thrown away something that may have been of importance.
Frank Burns - February '05
I found the site both informative and interesting. I have
placed it on my list of places to visit during my visit.
Des Lyttle - August '04
Reading the articles on your website about
Lough Neagh sure brought back memories to me. My Grandfather
lived on the South shore of the Lough,in the townland of
Ardmore,Lurgan. As a young boy I used to spend my summer
holidays there and I used to go out with an Eel fisherman
by the name of Castles.
I used to wander the shore and find petrified
wood which you mentioned in your article. I now live on
the Canadian West Coast but after reading all there was
on your site, my mind was back in those care free days by
the shores of Lough Neagh.
I visit your site regularly and it keeps
an exile like me up to date with all the latest from my
homeland. Keep up the good work.
Paddy Prunty - July 2004
Hi all in " Your Place and Mine"
Many thanks for helping in promoting Lough Neagh and indeed
the work of Lough Neagh Rescue. We have a great natural
asset in Lough Neagh and if it was any-where else in Western
Europe it would be promoted by the local Tourist Board.
We can only hope for progress in the future.!! Anyway a
Regards to your whole team.
Lee Broderick - July 2004
This was an excellent programme!! Especially useful for
those of us coming to live in N.Ireland, especially on the
shores of Lough Neagh.