Notes on Holywood, County Down

Notes on Holywood, County Down

Child Prodigy   Rory McIlroy, who has enjoyed over 120 weeks as the world’s top ranking golfer, was born in Holywood (pronounced Hollywood) in 1989 and educated in the town. At the age of seven, he became the youngest ever member of Holywood Golf Club. Within two...
The Newry Canal, 1742

The Newry Canal, 1742

Opened in 1742, the 18.5 mile Newry Canal was the first summit level canal in Britain or Ireland, a blueprint for future designs. Its purpose was to enable coal to be transported from the coalfields of County Tyrone coalfields, via Lough Neagh, to the wealthy homes of...
Steve Collins – The Celtic Warrior – World Champion Boxer

Steve Collins – The Celtic Warrior – World Champion Boxer

Steve was 8 years old when he had an epiphany at the Corinthian Boxing Club. ‘There was a tournament on and they put me on and I won and I got such a buzz that I said “I’m going to be World Champion”. My dad got a bit worried. He thought “there’s something missing in...
County Down – Choose a Topic

County Down – Choose a Topic

Choose from topics below for stories of people, families, events and places connected to County Down’s past.   County Down – Family Histories   Benson and the Downshire Estate Bunbury Isaac of Holywood (Hollywood), near Hillsborough Christy of Moyallon...
Peter the Great – Ulster Damask & The Beard Tax

Peter the Great – Ulster Damask & The Beard Tax

The Russian emperor is said to have visited Ireland to study the latest developments in the manufacture of damask, but could this have been so? A quick look at the Tsar and his Irish links. Become a member of Turtle’s History Library to access all areas, €12/year...