by His Worship The Mayor of Lisburn,
Alderman John M. Gilchrist, B.Sc., J.P.
I welcome the opportunity presented by Ravarnette Primary School to
write a short Foreword for their Community Magazine.
I would congratulate Mr. S. Bell and his colleagues on their initiative in
producing this magazine which, as can be seen from the list o f contents,
contains so much o f interest to those who live in or visit the district.
I do hope that this magazine will be well received, since it is a positive
effort by a locally based group to promote their district, and at the same
time to present a truer picture of the interests, and way of life, of
those living within the enlarged Borough of Lisburn.
JOHN M. GILCHRIST
FROM THE BOOK OF BOOKS
"Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy
father, and he will show thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee."
(Deuteronomy 32 v. 7.)
I hope that our community magazine will not only be a means of raising
Funds for the school and youth club at Ravarnette but will also provide
the surrounding community with news and information of a wide selection of
local clubs and societies whose good work can sometimes go unnoticed or be
taken for granted. I have also combined this with a little local history
and items contributed by pupils of our school.
In producing our magazine one must remember that a community includes
the very young, teenagers, young adults, middle aged and elderly. I have
tried to include something for all; things to make you laugh, things to
make you cry, things to make you weep and things to make you sigh.
Our school at Ravarnette is the focal setting for such a magazine as it
is by virtue of its position the Magnetic South of Lisburn.
To the many club and society secretaries, clergymen, historians, pupils of
Ravarnette Primary School, parents, friends and all those other people who
helped in any way in the production of the magazine I accord my sincere
thanks. I am deeply grateful to Mrs. Edna Shortell of Carnreagh for
designing such an attractive cover depicting Ravarnette Primary School.
I gratefully acknowledge the help and advice received from all our
advertising patrons and appreciate their support.
LOCAL PLACE NAMES with ancient origins
||(Ravernet or Ravarnett)-The
Fort in the Gap, (originally built on a fairy rath). Original name
||The hollow of the cauldron.
||The hill back of the long
||The monumental heap of white
stones (originally Garanbane).
The town of the church of Blaris.
||A field in the thicket by a
||The field of the McBrennans.
||The field of the flag-stones.
||(Originally Duneathach). The
fort of Eoghy (Eoghy was one of the many kings who ruled over the
Kingdom of Ulidia).
||A stony place.
||The great slope of a hill
(Formerly called Ballylergemore)
||The monumental heap of grey
||The new circular fort
||The circular earth fort of
||The townland of the long hill
||The fort of the gamesters.
||A circular earthen fort in a
||(formerly Taghebrack and
originally Ballemanelisbery)The Speckled House.
||The marsh of the doe.
||The field with the oak trees.
||The townland of the slaughter
in the wood.
||A branchy place on a little
OTHER LOCAL PLACE NAMES of fairly modern origin
|SPRUCEFIELD, EGLANTINE, LARCHMONT, BEECHMOUNT,
HILLSBOROUGH, NEWPORT, SPIREHILL, LAKEVIEW.
|Where Mr. Suffern now lives was originally known as
Currie's Castle and part of the ancient ballroom is still standing.
Legend says that young Lady Curry was killed whilst out riding her
horse on May-Eve and if you go there at just after twelve on May-Eve
night you can see the ghost on the white horse jump over the high
bank behind the main house. The original entrance was up along the
river from the side of Lisnoe bridge over a small ford above where
the Glen River enters the main Ravarnette River.