The Rams Island Heritage Project is An Undertaking of the Charity NIC102397 The River Bann & Lough Neagh Assoc. Co. NI 053517
The Rams Island Team welcome visitors at all times of the year and ask that when you are visiting pay respect to the wildlife,the environment and other visitors. The principles of leave no trace are very relevant on Rams Island. We also have a no dogs policy except working/guide dogs We request that large groups only visit outside the breeding season (March - June Inclusive). Contact us in advance of visiting and we will try our best to arrange a guided tour of the Island's highlights.
The Team can be contacted by
email wardens email@example.com email chairman firstname.lastname@example.org email secretary email@example.com General enquiries to Wardens, Suggestions and Complaints to Secretary
Jane Cardwell Lyttle This lady (93 years old) is a grandaughter of Jane and Robert Cardwell the last wardens to live and die on Rams Island in 1933 and 1929 respectively. The ashes of her sister Sadie who lived on the Island with Jane and Robert when she was a child were placed on the Island last year.
Sadie Barr's Sister
Belfast Naturalists' Field Club Visit Rams Island
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Belfast Naturalists' Field
Club is a club of naturalists based in Belfast, Northern
Ireland.Founded in 1863, the club was an important part of the
education system for Victorian naturalists and worked largely
through first-hand field studies. It has been credited with playing
an important role in the elucidation of glacial and post-glacial sea
levels, climates and fossil beaches and issuing the first of the
regional handbooks for meetings of the British Association for the
Advancement of Science as far back as 1874. The club has four
sections, Archeology & History, Botany, Geology and Zoology, and has
published several books and a periodical. The Herbarium of the BNFC
is now in the Ulster Museum.
Some distance out from Gartree PointIn the waters of Lough NeaghThere's a lovely little islandThat is in the news todayIt's an island steeped in historyFrom times of long agoAnd it played a part in the last world warAs many people knowIt was in the year of forty-fourOn the countdown to D-dayThe flying boats took shelterAt Rams Island in Lough Neagh
There's a round tower on Rams IslandThat was built of island stoneBack in the eleventh centuryWhen the Monks made this their homeThere is an ancient graveyard thereWhere skeletons had been foundThe last resting place of Monks and menOn this lovely island ground
There's a summer house on Rams IslandWhich is now in disrepairFrom nineteen thirty sevenNo one has lived thereA fire did destroy this houseIn the year of forty-fourThe ruins now surrounded by beech and sycamoreBut work is now in progressTo help nature on it's wayTo reinstate the beautyOf this island in Lough Neagh
So if ever around Antrim you happen to strayI advise you to visit the shores of Lough NeaghTake a trip to Rams IslandAnd I know you will findA place full of beauty that nature designed
Eugene McGaugheyThe Bard of the Glens
'Twas pretty to be in Ballinderry, 'Twas pretty to be in Aghalee Still prettier to be on bonny Ram's Island Sitting forever beneath a tree. For often I sailed to bonny Ram's Island, Arm in arm with Phelim, my diamond And he would whistle and I would sing, And we would make the whole island ring. "I'm going," he said, "from bonny Ram's Island Out and across the deep blue sea, And if in your heart you love me, Mary, Open your arms at last to me." 'Twas pretty to be in Ballinderry But now it's as sad as sad can be, For the ship that sailed with Phelim, my diamond, Is sunk forever beneath the sea. 'Twas pretty to be in Ballinderry, 'Twas pretty to be in Aghalee Still prettier to be on bonny Ram's Island Sitting forever beneath a tree.