Grants Awarded

It is the Trust’s objective to use its limited funds to enable projects which would otherwise have difficulty in happening at all. Evidence of expenditure and the permanent dedication to local history of the supported project is required.

The Trust has assisted over a hundred local historical projects in the nine counties of Ulster during the last ten years alone. Every application is considered on an individual basis and in relation to the resources available at the time. The following illustrative examples are given simply to provide an impression of the Trust’s area of operation. New ideas are always welcome.

We donate copy of each supported publication to the Linen Hall Library, Belfast as a permanent archive

2014 – £500 to Rosemary Doherty for the book “Rest and be thankful – the autobiography of a Belfast missionary”

2013 – £800 to Breifne Historical Society to assist with the publication of “Gentleman and Scholar – Thomas James Barron 1903-1992”

2013 – £1000 to support  “An Historical, Environmental and Cultural Atlas of Donegal”, edited by Jim Mac Laughlin and Seán Beattie

2011 – £1000 to Bayburn Historical Society to support publication of ‘Twixt Bay and Burn’ – A history of Helen’s Bay and Crawfordsburn

2008 Irish Historic Towns Atlas No. 18, City of Armagh, Royal Irish Academy,

2008 – Overlooking the River Mourne”, M Cox, Ulster Historical Foundation

2007 – £750 to West Tyrone Historical Society to assist in establishing a journal.

2005 – £700 To Belfast Exposed to assist in the production of a photographic archive of Belfast in the 1950s

2004 – £600 to Ballinamallard Historical Society to support publication of Ballinamallard: a place of importance. (Fermanagh)

2003 – £2000 to enable the publication of an index volume to the 40 volume series of Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland published by the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast.

2001 – £1250 to support Killesher Historical Society in the publication of When Turkeys chewed Tobacco; memories from south-west Ulster, by George Sheridan.

2000 – £1620 to W J Bradley to assist publication of Gallon; the history of three townlands in County Tyrone from the earliest times to the present day.

2000 – £750 to Rathcoole Churches Community Group to assist in creation of local history exhibition.

1999 – £2,500 and advice to James and Peadar Murnane, Ballybay, County Monaghan, to assist publication of “At the Ford of the Birches; The history of Ballybay, its people and vicinity”.

1998 – £500 to Antrim Sculpture Trust as a contribution towards a commemorative sculpture to Dr Alexander Irvine and My Lady of the Chimney Corner.

1997 – £300 and advice to Ballywalter Youth Club, County Down, for the purchase of books on Irish history for the use of members.

1997 – £700 to County Donegal Historical Society to assist in production of special Golden Jubilee edition of Donegal Annual.

1996 – £400 seeding grant to Creggan Historical Society, Crossmaglen, County Armagh, to assist establishment of local history journal Creggan.

Funded Publications

Reflections of an Islander Life in the County Down The Workhouse and the Famine in Ireland