Late Night Opening Friday 4th December

The Historical Society, Mill Street Cushendall will be opened on Friday 4th December 6 – 8pm. Come in and see our great selection of books, an ideal Christmas present would be our new publication ‘Green Glens and Golden Memories’ priced £15. Free mulled wine and mince pies! Everyone welcome


  Andrews, J., Page, M. and Sheehan, T. Ballycastle Golf Club 1890-1990 In conjunction with its centenary celebrations Ballycastle Golf Club has published an interesting history of the club from its foundation in 1890 until the present day. It was a fortunate day for Ballycastle when a golf club was formed as otherwise there is … Read more


  “Now Carneil’s behind me As I walk on my way Lurigedan stands before me. And the Castle at Red Bay. There to my right a lovely sight As I look towards Cushendall I see the coast of Scotland With lovely mountains tall And as I walk towards Waterfoot To my left I look again … Read more


  ACROSS ANCESTRAL GROUND: James G. Kenny It’s not every Mid-Antrim farmer who, around the sixty mark, exchanges the pitchfork for the pen, but then his fellows know that James G. Kenny is exceptional. Often involved in consciously controversial correspondence in the local press, he must be more profitably occupied when digging into the history … Read more


Long, long before our Historical Society was thought of, and the only tourist boards were diving boards, Mary Stone of Cushendall was a one-woman historical society and her wee shop a tourist information centre. The forties were fast fading away when she brightened my day, and my life, by telling me that there was a … Read more

IRISH FOLKWAYS by E. Estyn Evans. Publishers Routledge of London and New York, xvi + 324 pages plus 16 black and white plates. £6.95 (softback).

  This tightly-packed gold mine of information is now appearing in its sixth reprint, having first appeared in 1957, and I should think it would be an extremely difficult task to find a dissatisfied handful of readers among those who have purchased this book over the years. With regard to layout, the book is a … Read more

BASSETTS COUNTY ANTRIM — ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO. Reprint by Friar’s Bush Press, Belfast. 1989. 412 pages. Price £7.50.

  Local historians everywhere will be delighted that Friar’s Bush Press have had the foresight to reprint Bassett’s Directories and County Guides for Antrim, Down and Armagh—the only ones published for Ulster counties. The Antrim volume, first published in Dublin in 1886, is a compendium of social history, local history and genealogy. This marvellous historical … Read more

SEASONAL CUSTOMS The Journal of Ulster Local Studies, Vol. 10, No. 2: Winter 1988: Federation for Ulster Local Studies. Price £2.50.

  This book brings together for the first time in one volume excellent articles on our various Ulster customs which are repeated with the seasons each year. The contributors, who are all experts in their own field, include such well-known names as Linda M. Ballard, Professor Ronnie Buchanan, Cahal Dallat, Vivian Pollock and Paddy Tunney. … Read more