Annual Outing Friday 19th May 2017

The Glens of Antrim Historical Society Annual Outing Friday 19th May 2017 Proposed Itinerary   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 … Read more

ORDNANCE SURVEY MEMOIR FOR THE PARISH OF SKERRY

The Society wishes to thank the Officers of the Royal Irish Academy for kindly permitting the publication of these Memoirs, and the Staff of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland for its assistance in transcribing the text. There are three memoirs for this parish as for those already published. The first is by Lieutenant … Read more

PRESBYTERIANISM IN GLENARM by S. Alex Blair : This article first appeared in Vol. 9 of The Glynns (1981) and is presented here with additional photographs and hyperlinks.

(Being a resume of part of a lecture on “Presbyterianism in the Glens” given by the author to the Glens of Antrim Historical Society in Cushendall on Friday, 19th September, 1980.  S. Alex. Blair )     Presbyterianism came to Ireland from Scotland, brought by the Planters of the early seventeenth century. Because of its … Read more

OTHER PENAL MASS SITES IN NORTH ANTRIM Rev. Patrick McKavanagh

With the destruction of buildings used for Catholic public worship during the sixteenth century Mass had to be celebrated in strange places, in private homes and huts, in sheds and stables or in the open air. Lest the situation should become unseemly, a Synod of the province of Armagh, which included North Antrim, decreed as … Read more

PENAL MASS SITES IN THE GLENS Rev. Patrick McKavanagh

A Royal Commission in 1622 reported that, “in the diocese of Down and Connor, only 16 churches were fit for the celebration of Divine ordnance, while 150 churches and chapels were decayed or in ruins”. In this short article, I am confining my survey to the modern Catholic parishes of Glenariffe, Cushendall, Cushendun and Glenravel. … Read more

SOME NOTES CONCERNING THE TERRIER OR LEDGER BOOK OF DOWN AND CONNOR WHICH RELATE TO THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN PARTS OF CONNOR DIOCESE Compiled By Hugh Alexander Boyd

Bishop William Reeves, Keeper of the Armagh Public Library, 1861—1886 described the Terrier, or Ledger Book of Down and Connor, originally made out in 1615, “of great value as a connecting link between the records before and after the Reformation, showing the condition of the dioceses in their traditional state”. The Terrier refers throughout to … Read more

ARCHAEOLOGICAL WALK–LAYDE CHURCHYARD. FRIDAY 16TH MAY. 7.30PM

An introduction to one of the oldest and most important historical sites in the Glens of Antrim by leading local archaeologist, Dr Colm Donnelly QUB.     Malachy Mc Sparran writes in ‘Survey of LAYDE GRAVEYARD’ pub. Glens of Antrim Historical Society…. “The Church is thought to have been founded by the sept McFall and … Read more

THE JOHN HEWITT SUMMER SCHOOL AT GARRON TOWER 1988

  Patrick Close:- Where, last August, would you have found a bishop, a Japanese professor, a bus load of unemployed people from the W.E.A. in Belfast, the Provost of Trinity College, a distinguished American photographer, Sean O’Casey’s daughter-in-law, a couple of Swedish academics, as well as a proliferation of poets, journalists and entertainers? St. MacNissi’s … Read more

Grand-Daughter Of Glenarm: Some centenary comment on a recent biography of the mediaevalist Helen Waddell(1889—1965)

  Eull Dunlop:- In the Old Churchyard, Ballymena, there is a gravestone which will be noted by those interested in Presbyterianism in Glenarm, a topic aired in The Glynns (1981) by S. Alex Blair. The stone records the death on 1 June 1899, at the age of 84, of Anne, daughter of John Atkinson and … Read more