Thursday Doors – Ballycastle – The Harbour

Welcome to another Thursday Doors from the lovely seaside town of Ballycastle in County Antrim and this week features the harbour area. There are quite a few diverse food shops along the promenade and I’ve sampled most of their goods over the past few years. All are delicious and left me wanting more.

Ballycastle has a connection with Guglielmo Marconi, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission, development of Marconi’s law, and a radio telegraph system. In fact, he has quite a connection with Ireland in that his wife was Annie Jameson, whose grandfather founded the Jameson Whiskey distillery. In 1898 Marconi’s assistants successfully contacted Rathlin Island by radio from Ballycastle. Lloyd’s Insurance company, London financed the experimental wireless link to test how well a signal would be received on the mainland from the island. Marconi made a preliminary survey but the work was given to his right-hand man, George Kemp, who hired Edward Glanville, a Trinity College Dublin graduate, to assist him. They in turn hired islander Johnny Cecil as a labourer. I’ll leave a link to their story below, which tells of the unfortunate death of the young college graduate. *

While walking around the harbour I spotted a bright orange boat standing out from all the others and I had to get a closer look.

It looks like an enclosed lifeboat in the process of being refurbished as a leisure craft. I’ve seen some larger ones online made into houseboats and they are fabulous.

One of the Fisheries Protection Vehicles that patrol the coastal waters in the Antrim area.

Across the harbour you can see a helter skelter slide in the playground. I think it’s there for the summer and I bet there’s a nice view from the top. That’s Fair Head in the background in the next photograph.

Thanks for touring the harbour of Ballycastle with me on this week’s Thursday Doors and if you’d like to go further afield, Dan has a great selection of links over on his blog that will bring you to some fascinating locations.

Marconi and Ballycastle *


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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16 Responses to Thursday Doors – Ballycastle – The Harbour

  1. Pingback: Thursday Doors – Ballycastle – The Harbour — Jean Reinhardt | homethoughtsfromabroad626

  2. Sheree says:

    Your doors are always so colourful

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    The conversion of a life boat into a recreational boat or house boat is a fascinating idea. I love that picture, Jean. I’d also like to start with some fresh seafood, some baked goods and then end up at Marconi’s. It would seem only right to drink a toast to his inventions.

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  4. Brilliant first three door scenes, and the boat!

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  5. What lovely doors, Jean!


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  6. jguenther5 says:

    My co-author, Anne Wayman, once owned a converted Swedish lifeboat berthed in Galilee Harbor in the SFO area. We completed our second book aboard her boat, “The Gypsy” IIRR. It seemed a lot longer than the orange boat in your photos. The lapstrake construction made little “shlup-shlup-shlup” sounds as the boat rocked from side to side with the waves.

    It should be noted that Marconi’s 1901 transmission content (a Morse ‘S’) was known to Marconi by pre-arrangement, which invalidated the experiment to some extent. Recent attempts to reproduce the experiment failed. If you’re expecting ⚫ ⚫ ⚫, chances are, you’ll hear ⚫ ⚫ ⚫. What he actually heard may have been random noise or another phenomenon. As early as 1898, Tesla had already demonstrated a radio-controlled boat in New York City. The battle over the radio patents went on for decades, even after both Marconi and Tesla had died. In the 40’s, the US Supreme Court ruled that all of Marconi’s radio patents were invalid and awarded the patents for radio to Tesla.

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    • I didn’t know there was so much controversy between Marconi and Tesla. Thank you for the interesting link and information. Your friend’s boat must have been a great place to write. I loved working on my books on our boat, the perfect writer’s den. Wish we still had one.


      • jguenther5 says:

        Marconi and Tesla both were brilliant, but Tesla apparently made the crucial breakthroughs first.
        That time writing aboard the “Gypsy” was the most restful weekend I’d had in years. My co-author was stressed out, but I loved every minute of it, sitting at the computer and looking out across San Francisco Bay.

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