Writing Home

Jan Carson is a writer from Ballymena. She currently resides in east Belfast and with this in mind, has written an essay exclusively for Kin. The idea stemmed from a notion about how a sense of place and having Northern Irish roots has influence over her writing.

Mehargs Garage

Photographer Robin Cordiner, who grew up in Ballyboley, fulfilled a long standing urge when he went along to document Mehargs Garage and talk to its owner Eileen in November 2018.

Cycling to Australia

David Stanbridge is a twenty six year old mechanical technician who works in Ballylumford Power Station. In 2017 at the age of 24 he cycled from his home in Islandmagee, County Antrim to Sydney, Australia.

‘Saffyre’ Blood Harmony

Saffyre are a band unlike any other. These three leading ladies have been taking the music scene in Northern Ireland by storm with their angelic three part harmonies sung to perfection.

Raising Steam in Whitehead

What can it be that prompts a 16-year-old student to leave his warm bed at 4am on a chilly night and make tracks for Whitehead? When it comes to Jodie McKee, it is a love of trains – and steam trains in particular.

Wild Swimming in Northern Ireland

The Northern Irish have long had a great affinity with the water and despite it being perhaps a tad colder than most of the UK, ours is a strong tradition of outdoor swimming. In every corner of the country there are generations of folk who swim in all weathers and seasons.

‘Del Halligan’ Musician & DJ

Derek Halligan greets me with a smile and a friendly handshake. A warm welcome. Del, as he prefers to be called, leads me to what looks like an ad-hoc radio station. It is here where he spends his Sunday evenings DJing for Belfast 89.3FM.