Talks and Tours in Glenavy

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A new Glenavy History Talks and Tours event was recently launched in Glenavy, that uncovers some of the hidden gems the village has to offer.

The Parish Church, Methodist Church, War Memorial and Glenavy Protestant Hall will feature in the new historical walking tour.

As well as visiting some interesting graves of people who died during the famine, or emigrated, others include those of United Irishmen, some who died following a robbery, were murdered or served in the world war.

The next tour which will take place later this month will focus on Glenavy during the 19th century when there were just 86 houses and around 309 inhabitants who were tailors, flax dressers, shoemakers, millers or weavers.

One of the organisers said, “There were once two working mills in the village.

“These were powered by the mill races fed by the Glenavy River and were a source of major employment for many former inhabitants.

“The majority of the mill buildings have disappeared and have been replaced by modern housing developments.”

The first tour took place on Thursday May 21 and ended with a rendition on an original 19th century violin made in Stoneyford.

It was played by Michael Costello beside the burial place of the local violin maker – Hugh Gordon.

There are a number of places still available but booking is essential. The cost of the tour is £4 and includes light refreshment.

The next one is due to take place on June 19, at 10am and will finish at 12.30pm.

If you are involved with a group or organisation (of up to 20 people) and you would like to participate in a private tour please contact Glenavy History Talks and Tours for a list of available dates.

For further details and to reserve a place on the tour email: diggerarticle@outlook.com or leave a message on 07585002382.