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RNAS and RAF airmen on HMS Furious, 1918

Guy Warner: Remembering those daring young Ulster men in their flying machines 

A few years ago I had a telephone call from my good friend and fellow historian Ernie Cromie. He told me that he had been contacted by a man by the name of John McCleery, who suggested that he might have some material of interest to us. We called on John a few days later and he produced a battered tin trunk in which was a treasure trove of unique archive material pertaining to the deeds of John's father Jack in the First World War.

Thérèse Martin aged 14

Mum suffering from deadly infection and a shell-shocked soldier believed the saint known as the Little Flower cured them 

St Thérèse of Lisieux was born in Alençon, Normandy, on January 2, 1873. The first four years were the happiest of her life. Thérèse Martin had a sunny disposition from the day she was born. As she grew up, with her blonde hair, blue eyes, chubby face and affectionate demeanour, she charmed everyone who met her. She was the undoubted pet of the family. Her father called her his "little queen". "She is a child who delights us all," her mother said.

An architectural drawing of the Culloden

Fascinating story of the architects who built Northern Ireland 

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) holds the vast archive of the remarkable architectural and civil engineering practice of Young & Mackenzie of Belfast which thrived as a business for over a century from 1850 onwards and was responsible for the design of many well-known structures across Northern Ireland (and occasionally beyond). Its building designs from the High Victorian and Edwardian eras are particularly notable - in Belfast, think of Robinson & Cleaver's; the Scottish Provident Buildings; Anderson & McAuley; the Presbyterian Assembly Buildings; Belfast Royal Academy, and across Ulster, any number of Presbyterian churches, warehouses, schools, houses and villas - one of the most well-known now being the Culloden Hotel at Cultra.


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