Maghera, East Antrim and Portballintrae
Anne Marie McAleese with people, places and stories that make Northern Ireland unique with a collection of memories from farming life in Maghera and in 1942 the US military arrived in Ireland. Also a magical book for kids set on the north coast plus pipers, drums and 1,000 performers all gathering in Lagan Park.
Seventy Five years ago in 1942 an elite American commando style-force was set up and established as the Darby’s Rangers. It was the only US military unit to be formed on foreign soil and in honour, the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council have organised a very special celebration event in the newly refurbished Museum at Boneybefore, Carrickfergus
Maghera has a vintage display and exhibition of farming life coming up. It’s a collection of memories documented over the past year from farming life in the area during the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s. The initiative was started by James Armour who introduced Anne Marie to a retired farmer, Harry Armstrong. Anne Marie went along to Harry’s home place where he grew up and got the full tour.
A fantasy adventure story which enters a world of secrets, spells and enchantments inspired by and set on the North Coast. Magical Masquerade is a book written by Magherafelt journalist, Claire Savage who was Inspired by her own childhood memories of holidays in Portballintrae.