Telling the amazing story of Doagh and its people

Pictured (l-r) are Dr William Roulston, Research Director of Ulster Historical Foundation; Vera McWilliam, Chairperson of GROW South Antrim; Mayor Fraser Agnew; Bob Adams, Chair of Doagh Ancestry Group; Cllr Jim Bingham; Glen Rodgers from Rodgers Thompson Partnership (printers) and Cllr Jackie Mann. INNT 28-507CON
Pictured (l-r) are Dr William Roulston, Research Director of Ulster Historical Foundation; Vera McWilliam, Chairperson of GROW South Antrim; Mayor Fraser Agnew; Bob Adams, Chair of Doagh Ancestry Group; Cllr Jim Bingham; Glen Rodgers from Rodgers Thompson Partnership (printers) and Cllr Jackie Mann. INNT 28-507CON
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A new ancestry and townlands project highlighting and promoting the history of Doagh was launched by Mayor Fraser Agnew at Doagh Primary School last week.

The project entitled ‘An Old World Place’ was funded by GROW South Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and provides an introduction to the history of Doagh through a range of heritage resources including a website, exhibition and an A5 booklet.

Research was undertaken by a voluntary management team who explored the unique Newtownabbey village and those who have contributed to its history such as the pioneer of education William Galt and the mechanical genius, John Rowan.

Speaking at the launch of the project on Thursday, July 4, Alderman Agnew commented: “An Old World Place tells the remarkable story of Doagh and the great people who hailed from there.

“With the exhibition in Torrens Memorial Hall showing how the area has grown over the centuries, the booklet depicting archive photographs and illustrations and the website enabling searches on ancestors, this project provides a fantastic resource for local people and visitors alike.”

The exhibition can be viewed from September at Torrens Memorial Hall and booklets can be picked up at Doagh Community Hall, Doagh Primary School, Mossley Mill and Ballyclare Town Hall.

To read about the history of Doagh online and search for ancestors log on to www.doaghancestry.co.uk