John O’The North tribute plaque is unveiled in Larne

Nella Buckley, Robert Logan, Margaret Steward and Cathie Stevenson, Branch Manager of Larne Library, at the unveiling of the plaque in memory of Poet and  Playwright HT Browne, also known as John o The North. The plaque was previously displayed at Larne Town Hall. INLT 42-201-AM
Nella Buckley, Robert Logan, Margaret Steward and Cathie Stevenson, Branch Manager of Larne Library, at the unveiling of the plaque in memory of Poet and Playwright HT Browne, also known as John o The North. The plaque was previously displayed at Larne Town Hall. INLT 42-201-AM
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A commemorative plaque belonging to Larne and District Folklore Society has been rededicated and placed in Larne Library.

The plaque, which is a tribute to author and poet, Harry T Browne, also known as “John O’The North” had been removed from its original site at Larne Town Hall during renovation work.

The plaque was unveiled in the entrance hall at Larne Library, last Monday, by Wilson Logan, chairman, of Larne and District Folklore Society.

The Brown family settled in Larne in the early part of the 2oth century.

Harry wrote and produced plays for Larne Amateur Comedy Company.

He was also a freelance journalist who wrote a column for the Belfast Telegraph and Larne Times newspapers under the pseudonym of “John O’ The North”.

His literary career continued with the publication of two books of poems, “ The Dancing Men” and “Various Verses” which are available at the library.

Harry was a member of Larne Library Committee and chairman for two years.

He took a leading role in theaffairs of Larne Literary and Debating Society, while holding down a senior position in the offices of Howden’s Ltd, Shipowners and Coal Importers, of which he became a director.

He was also a director of Larne Harbour Ltd, until his retirement in 1973.

He was a keen tennis and hockey player and a member of a local badminton club,

Liam Kelly, vice president, of Larne and District Folklore Society, said it was important to acknowlege Mr Brown’s contribution to the development of industry in Larne and to remember his literary work.

“It is important for us as a community to give something back. “

Mr Kelly indicated that the plaque had been installed on an external wall at the town hall 30 years ago.

At the recent plaque unveiling ceremony, there was a reading of one of Harry’s poems “The Last of the Misty Burn”.