A Titanic deckchair on the Causeway Coast!

Posted on April 28, 2012

On behalf of Tourism Ireland I hosted a group of German journalists on the Causeway coast in Antrim. After two days walking with me they were going on to Belfast to visit the Titanic project, a marvellous creation which opened 100 years after the tragic sinking of the Titanic.

Our first walk took us from Ballintoy Harbour to the Giant’s Causeway by way of White Park bay and Portbradden.

Portbradden from White Park Bay

There we were lucky enough to meet an amazing man, Con Auld who has built the smallest church in Ireland, St,Gobbins, which is used mainly for raising funds for various charities – at the moment for children in Africa.
Con is a man of many parts – writer, lecturer, pastor, justice of the peace, sailor, historian, Latin scholar etc.

Con Auld and myself in his home in Portbradden.

This font of knowledge very kindly invited us into his house to see his collection of antiques comprising a deckchair from the Titanic and two portholes from the ship as well.

Titanic portholes in Portbradden.

These had been planned as replacements.

The German journalists were astounded at seeing such a collection and enthralled by Con’s stories. I’m afraid I had to pull them away to continue our walk – otherwise we’d still be there! No doubt this visit to Con’s house and their meeting with him will feature in their articles on the Titanic project in Belfast.
If you are on the Antrim coast make sure you call into Portbradden and visit St,Gobbin’s church and you might even meet Con. Naturally you are very welcome to join one of my walks which pass through there.

And then we continued along the coast… more to come.