IN MEMORY OF PEADAR O’DONNELL (1893 — 1986) BY JACK McCANN

  Pearse, Connolly, Larkin, De Valera, Collins, Yeats, O’Casey: august company for any man in the political, social and cultural history of the Irish people. Not only was Peadar O’Donnell alive when they were alive but he was actively involved with them in matters of common interest; and he was still alive and active when … Read more

GLENARM FRIARY AND THE BISSETS by Hector Mc Donnell

    Documentary material for any of the Third Order Franciscan friaries in Ireland is scanty, and so we are fortunate in having a fair amount of information about the one at Glenarm. I think it would be helpful to say first a little about the development of this order. St. Francis of Assisi founded … Read more

ADDRESS BY GEORGE THOMPSON GIVEN AT THE GLENS OF ANTRIM HISTORICAL SOCIETY DINNER CUSHENDUN : 25th APRIL, 1986.

    I have never been quite sure whether, by virtue of coming from Larne, my wife and I are entitled to regard ourselves as Glens folk born and bred. I have a feeling that those whose pedigree in this respect is beyond question would look upon us as being, at best, a couple of … Read more

JOHN WHITE’S JOURNAL OF SERVICE IN THE 36th HEREFORDSHIRE REGIMENT by MALACHY McSPARRAN. The Glynns Vol. 15 (1987)

  While researching the White Documents in the Public Records Office (D2861)* I came across the following account of John White’s experiences as a Lieutenant in the 36th Herefordshire Regiment during the time of the Peninsular War. The extract contains four handwritten foolscap sheets. There is no trace of any other journal among these White … Read more

SOME FRAGMENTS OF CARVED STONE FROM THE SITE OF GLENARM FRIARY COUNTY ANTRIM By CHRIS LYNN The Glynns Vol. 15 (1987)

  INTRODUCTION In the course of an archaeological excavation in Deer Park Farms near Glenarm, carried out in 1985 by the Historic Monuments and Buildings Branch of the Department of the Environment (N.I.),  the writer’s attention was drawn to a collection of carved stones housed in Glenarm Castle. Mr. Robert Morrow, Estate Manager, wished to … Read more

ALTERATION OF FAMILY NAMES IN THE GLENS By BRIAN. S. TURNER

  In the Glens, as throughout Ireland, the principal factor in changing the spelling or pronunciation of names has been the loss of the Irish language by the people. This process began with people who spoke English attempting to spell the names of those who spoke Irish and whose names were part of that language. … Read more

Dean William Henry’s Topographical Description of the Coast of County Antrim and North Down

This article originally appeared in “The Glynns” Volume 2 (1974) CO. ANTRIM The County Town: Carrickergus Towns: Belfast, Antrim, Ballymenagh, Lisburn, Ballimoney, Ballycastle, Randalstown1, Larne. Fair Head Point: In describing this county I shall begin with the Fair Head Point in the north-east most remote part of Ireland, situated in the barony of Cary, which … Read more

Drumnasole

In the early days, the townland of Drumnasole belonged to the Donaldsons. They were one of the wealthier and more influential families in the Glenarm district during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Being Kinsmen of the Macdonnells of Antrim they were treated liberally with grants of land. The earliest such lease, dated 16th October 1626, … Read more

The Social and Political Structure of North Antrim in 1869 by J. R. B. McMinn

( This article originally appeared in Vol 10 of The Glynns and is reproduced here in full) The Social Structure North Antrim was essentially rural in character, bounded by the sea on two sides and by the river Bann to the west. The only relatively large urban centre was Ballymoney which was the natural capital … Read more