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Comber - the real Titanic town…..

Comber, a small town in County Down, has long been the home of the Andrews family - a family famous for their business interests, political and sporting achievements, entrepreneurship and, of course, for Thomas Andrews Junior, designer of RMS Titanic.

Born at Ardara in Comber in 1873, Thomas Andrews perished in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic, heroically attempting to save the lives of others. Comber is justifiably proud of her illustrious son - and to mark the centenaries of the launch of Titanic in May 1911 and the loss of the ship in April 1912, the Historical Society is planning a number of events.

  • A number of Titanic-themed walking tours will depart Comber Square and visit various sites with a Thomas Andrews connection, including his church, his cricket club and the Memorial Hall built by public subscription in 1915. There is a leaflet further down this page to acompany the Walking Tour

  • Walk 1. Thursday 5th May 7 PM.

  • Tuesday 31 May - Exhibition and film show in Andrews Memorial Hall at 7.30 PM. We plan to show old black and white films, recalling the days when the Andrews Hall was used as a cinema. The event will also include a short presentation on the Thomas Andrews connection with Comber.

  • To read more about Comber’s Titanic connection,
    THE TITANIC CONNECTION      click here.

  • In conjunction with Andrews Memorial Primary School, an exhibition will be on display in the Memorial Hall.
    This is due to launch on 31st May. To visit the school website.
    Andrews Memorial Primary School website      Click here.

  • In conjunction with Titanic 100, a number of bus-trips will depart Belfast and visit Comber.
    For more information about these trips, contact Belfast Visitor Centre, 47 Donegall Place, Belfast BT1 5AD. Tel. 028 9024 6609.
    Guided Tour Brochure of Belfast      Click here.


  • Other useful Titanic websites

    Belfast Titanic Society      Click here.
    Titanic Journey      Click here.
  • To mark the centenary of the launch of RMS Titanic on 31st May 1911, Comber Historical Society, with the assistance of Ards Tourism, has produced a commemorative postcard. See below.

As more events are planned, details will be added to this site so please check regularly.

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