Afternoon Forum Outing to Sentry Hill  
  Sentry Hill in Carnmoney, Co Antrim, had been the home of the McKinney family since 1780. William McKinney (1832-1917) lived there for most of his life. He built up a remarkable collection of diaries, family letters and an extensive library of books and pamphlets. Along with souvenirs from family travels abroad, William collected natural history specimens and items of local historical interest. He was an enthusiastic photographer and recorded his visitors, farm workers and neighbours. The final McKinney occupying the house was his nephew Dr Joe Dundee who kept most of the contents intact adding some more modern items.. The contents of the house have remained remarkably intact and following Dr Dundee's death Newtownabbey Council took over the house.  

 For their Annual Outing members of the Afternoon Forum went by coach to Sentry Hill to see and learn about this remarkable collection. On arrival members filed into the former byre where a video is shown telling the history of the family.

From there members split into two groups for a tour of the house where they saw furniture and items collected over two centuries. These gave an insight into what life was like in this rural community in times past.

After visiting Sentry Hill the group went on to the Landscape Garden Centre at Donegore for a light lunch. The attractive plants ensured there were a few purchases before the return journey.