The Glens of Antrim Historical Society Annual Outing
Friday 19th May 2017
9.00am: Bus departs Sheskburn House, Ballycastle
9.30am: Bus departs St Mary’s Parish Centre, Cushendall
11.00am: Arrive Clifton House, tea/coffee and scones served on arrival
Tour of Clifton House
Tour of Clifton Street Cemetery
2.00pm: Arrive Crumlin Road Gaol, tea/coffee sandwiches
2.45pm: Tour Crumlin Road Gaol
5.00pm: Arrive Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena, Carvery meal served
6.15pm: Leave Ballymena for Cushendall and Ballycastle
The cost of the trip is £45.00; this includes the bus, entrance fees, morning tea/coffee and scones, lunch tea/coffee and sandwiches and evening carvery meal
Clifton House is an impressive Georgian building, opened in 1774 by Belfast Charitable Society; the building was used until the late 1880s as Belfast’s Poor House.
The tour of Clifton House will transport visitors back to 18th century Belfast where political revolution was the order of the day. The work in the Poor House took many forms, including nursing those who were ill, giving skills to those who were unemployed and educating children who had known desperate circumstances. 18th century Belfast was a tough place to live, famine, illness, appalling living conditions and lack of welfare authorities ensured the necessity of the work of the Belfast Poor House.
Clifton Street Graveyard: Amongst those buried are: Dr William Drennan, United Irishman said to be the first person to describe Ireland as ‘the Emerald Isle’, Robert and Henry Joy, Mary Anne McCracken, Henry Joy McCracken founding member of The United Irishmen. He was hanged on 17th July 1798 for his part in the United Irish Rebellion.
Crumlin Road Gaol: The tour will cover all aspects of the Gaol from the tunnel linking the Courthouse on the other side of the Crumlin Road to the Hanging Cell, the Historic Cells, Governor’s Office, Centre Circle, C-Wing, Hospital and Graveyard.