Ulster Star Borough Supplement
Saturday, 27 June, 1964



Celebrated Ales
The population of Lisburn in 1798 was about 4,000. The three tanyards in the town were owned by George Whitla, Thomas Beatty and Clegg and McCollum. The Lisburn Brewery had much celebrity for its superior ales.
First Coach in 1790
The first mail coach commenced to run between Belfast, Dublin and Cork calling at Lisburn in 1790.
Seven To a House
The number of houses in Lisburn and the suburbs in 1778 was 654. The population about 4,500.
A Local "Hero"
Napper Tandy, a prominent United Irishman and hero of "the Wearing of the Green" was a son of James Tandy, a linen manufacturer who lived in Bridge Street, Lisburn. He was born in 1740 and died in France in 1803.


THE following impression of Lisburn is taken from the book entitled "Ireland Illustrated", by Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Hall. They visited the town around the mid-nineteenth century.

Lisburn is a pretty and flourishing town on the Antrim side of the river Lagan. It consists principally of one long street, at the eastern side of which is the picturesque and interesting church, containing two very remarkable monuments; one to the memory of Lieut. Dobbs, who was killed in an engagement off the coast with the famous Paul Jones, the other to that of the great and good Jeremy Taylor, sometime Bishop of Down and Connor, who died here in the year 1667.

There is probably no town in Ireland where the happy effects of English taste and industry are more conspicuous than at Lisburn. From the Drum Bridge and the banks of the Lagan, on one side, to the shores of Lough Neagh, on the other, the people are almost exclusively the descendants of English settlers. Those in the immediate neighbourhood of the town were chiefly Welsh, but great numbers arrived from the northern shires, and from the neighbourhood of the Bristol Channel. It is interesting to trace their annals from existing facts; which may be easily done, even were they not duly recorded.

In the village of Lambeg, situated only a few perches from the Belfast road, the old English games and pastimes were regularly celebrated on Easter Monday within the last twenty years. The English language is, perhaps, spoken more purely by the populace in this district, than by the same class in any other part of Ireland. The names of places are modern: as Soldiers-town, English-town, and Half-town, Stoneyford, etc., etc.; and the people of all ranks have, for their stations, high ideas of domestic comfort. The neatness of the cottages, and the good taste displayed in many of the farms, are little, if at all, inferior to aught that we find in England; and the tourist who visits Lough Neagh, passing through Ballinderry, will consider it to have been justly designated "the garden of the north".

The original pursuits of the adventures of the Plantation, have been transmitted from father to son; those who settled from the cider counties having invariably an orchard of some extent attached to their dwellings. The multitude of pretty little villages scattered over the landscape, each announcing itself by the tapering spire of a church, would almost beguile the traveller into believing that he is passing through a rural district in one of the midland counties of England.

News room over 100 years old
The idea of forming a News Room was first introduced to Lisburn in January 1836, and a committee was formed of which Mr. William Graham was chairman, John Millar, treasurer and Hugh McCall, secretary. The original subscribers numbered 84.

An aerial view of
Lagan valley Hospital
This aerial photograph shows the Bridge Street area which is scheduled for re-development by the Borough Council.

THE Lisburn Community Service Council was formed in 1957 with Alderman Mrs. S. Crothers as foundation chairman. She has filled that office each year since then, presiding over a very active band of members.

The Meals-on-Wheels Service of the Community Council, the fruit of much earnest deliberation and hard work, was inaugurated in December 1960 when the special van was dedicated and first out on the road.

This van was designed and built by a local firm of caravan builders and includes many novel ideas, the cost being over 1,500. More than half of this amount was collected in public subscriptions, the balance being a grant from the Antrim County Welfare Committee.

The service is run to provide hot mid-day meals, at a small nominal charge, for elderly and handicapped persons in the Lisburn area. The well-equipped van, the first of its kind in Ireland, delivers 100 meals on average each week.

The meals are cooked in a local restaurant, served and delivered voluntarily by some lady members of the council. Lisburn depot Ulster Transport Authority bus drivers and conductors take care of the driving, having voluntarily drawn up a rota dove-tailing with their off-duty periods.

Welsey five times in Lisburn
John Wesley, founder of the Methodists visited Lisburn at least five times in his lifetime.

His journals recall the visits vividly, and in an extract from one dated 1769 he writes: "The wind was still piercing cold, yet it did not hinder a multitude of people from attending at the Linen Hall, an open square so termed as are all the Linen Halls in Ireland."

In his 1771 journal Wesley wrote, on Monday July 1: "I preached at Kilwarlin, where a few weeks ago Thomas Mott died in peace. In the evening I preached in the Linen Hall at Lisburn, to a numerous congregation."

PROBABLY few people are aware of the growing value to the Province in general of the rendering, or animal byproducts industry. It is slightly less than 40 years since the industry was first established on the outskirts of Lisburn, in that time it has increasingly became an integral part of the agricultural economy of Ulster and is making a substantial contribution to the Province's export trade.

The rendering industry was established in Ulster by Mr. R. Clement Wilson, whose company Robert Wilson and Sons (Ulster) Ltd., operate one of the world's most modern rendering plants at Lisburn. At the same time when the industry first began, animal casualties and hundreds of tons of inedible animal offal were regarded simply as waste material. Disposal of this constituted a serious problem for the hygiene authorities.

The rendering industry has changed all that. The "waste" now forms the industry's basic raw material and the hygiene and disposal problems have vanished. What is more important, the rendering industry can turn these raw materials into a tremendous variety of products which are of direct benefit not only to the farmer but to the economy of the Province as a whole.

The farmer benefits because the rendering industry's main product is meat and bone meal, and apart from this the rendering plant produces a host of other important by-products such as hides, technical tallow and fertilisers

Perhaps the most unusual product manufactured at Robert Wilson's Lisburn plant is Nicerol - a special type of fire-fighting foam developed to combat oil and petrol fires. Substantial quantities of this product are exported every year from the Lisburn factory to all corners of the world and it has been instrumental in saving countless lives and millions of pounds worth of property.

Civic Week Programme
FRIDAY, JUNE 26-At 6.30 p.m. the Linen Thread Company Ltd. will entertain the Mayor, Alderman and Councillors and other guests in the Assembly Rooms and present the Mayoral badge and chain of office,
SATURDAY, JUNE 27-A number of other gifts will be presented at a Civic Dinner in the Assembly Rooms. These will include a chain of office for the Deputy Mayor and robes for the Mayor, Aldermen, Councillors, Town. Clerk and mace-bearer.
SUNDAY, JUNE 28 - Special Civic Services in all local churches.
TUESDAY, JUNE 30-Civic Service in Lisburn Cathedral which will be attended by His Excellency, Lord Wakehurst Governor of Northern Ireland.


7.20 p.m.-His Excellency will arrive outside the Assembly Rooms, having driven up Bridge Street from the motor way. After he has been received by the Mayor and Mayoress (Alderman and Mrs. James Howard) he will inspect a guard of honour furnished by the local company of the 6th Bn. Royal Ulster Rifles (T.A.) and Band. The Mayor will then present the Town Clerk (Mr. R. C. Newell) and members of the Borough Council

7.48 p.m.-Processions into the Cathedral will commence and the churchwardens will conduct the Aldermen and Coun cillors to their seats. Proceeded by the mace-bearer, the Mayor and Governor's party will be received at the Cathedral gates by the Dean of Connor (Very Rev. R. Adams). The Mayor will be conducted to his seat by his chaplain, the Rev. H. Cromie and they will be followed by the Governor, accompanied by the Dean. After a fanfare has been sounded and the National Anthem sung, the procession of choir and clergy will enter the Cathedral and the service will commence.

9.00 p.m.-Service ends, and the Mayor conducts Lord Wakehurst and his party to the Assembly Rooms where
informal presentations will be made during a reception.

10.00 p.m.-The Governor and his party leave for Hillsborough.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1-This will be Youth Night and a parade, organised by the Lisburn and District Association of Youth Organisations will proceed to Wallace Park where a display will be staged.

7.15 p.m.
-Parade assembles at the Grain Market and adjacent car park at Smithfield Square.

7.45 p.m.-Accompanied by 12 bands the parade of 2,000 members of youth organisations will proceed by Market Place, Bow Street, Market Square (where the Mayor, Alderman James Howard will take the salute), Castle Street, Seymour Street and Belfast Road to Wallace Park. The programme in Wallace Park will consist of a band item by the Boys' Brigade, rhythmic clubs (Girls' Brigade); gymnastics (Church Lads' Brigade); physical education (Girls' Life Brigade), Irish dancing (Girl Guides) and camp fire (Boy Scouts).

THURSDAY, JULY 2-There will be a Combined Services Display in Wallace Park.


7.30 P.m.-Band of Ist Battalion Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, followed by a helicopter display and the ceremony of Beating Retreat by the band of the Junior Soldiers Company of North Irish Brigade Depot.

8.30 p.m.-Display by Civil Defence and Fire Authority personnel illustrating the works carried out by these services
after a nuclear explosion. A commentary will be given by Senior Welfare officer, Miss M. E. Dornan, Civil Defence, Lisburn.

FRIDAY JULY 3 - Grand Carnival Dance in the Top Hat Ballroom, will climax the week of celebration.