WW1 Drama ‘Gem’: A play inspired by the events of December 25th 1914. Sunday 23rd Nov. Cushendall Golf Club at 7.00pm. All Welcome.

Lurig Drama Group Presents: A historical drama based on the true events of Christmas Night 1914, when the SS Gem was sunk off Scarborough head, killing all but two of her crew.  The Captain and majority of the crew came from Cushendall, Carnlough and Glenarm in The Glens of Antrim. In association with The Living … Read more


  “This ends the Broth Shop. God save the King. And we pray the like calamitous time never again to see.”   Thus closed the financial accounts of the Glenarm Broth Shop on 28th August, 1817. The poignant supplication however, was not granted: exactly thirty years later Ireland was again in the grip of famine, … Read more

November Lecture Friday 21st: Remembering Richard Hayward: An evening of music, story and film.

Hayward with bike in “The Luck of The Irish” (1935) Richard Hayward (1892-1964) was one of Ireland’s leading cultural figures from the middle years of the twentieth century. On the 50th anniversary of his death, the journalist and author Paul Clements looks back on his life and times, and at his connection to the Glens … Read more

Ballintoy’s Hidden History

    On Saturday 2 February 2013 the society launched ‘ Ballintoy’s Hidden History’ funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s All Our Stories programme to explore and tell the story of three less well-known sites in the Ballintoy area, namely Templastragh Church, Ballintoy Castle and an eighteenth-century school at White Park Bay.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               … Read more

Kelp Burning In The Glens of Antrim by Douglas Harper

By Douglas Harper   The burning of seaweed to make kelp was one of the oldest traditional industries to flourish round the coasts of Ireland.  For some it was their only livelihood; to most it was a seasonal occupation which brought them those little extras to make life more comfortable.  A new suit or frock … Read more

THE MILLS OF THE MIDDLE GLENS by Malachy McSparran Volume 4 (1976)

  Up until about twenty-five years ago, the mill was a prominent feature in the life of this area of the Middle Glens. Since that time when the last mill ceased to function, they have gradually disappeared. The purpose of this article is to identify and record what information is known about these mills before … Read more


Editorial Note.  The following article is the text of a lecture given by the late Hugh Alexander Boyd M.A. M.Lit. M.Phil. M.A.(Ed) H.DipEd. (1907-1996) at St. Mary Star of the Sea Secondary School on the occasion of Ballycastle Civic Week in August 1968. We are grateful to Mrs Pearl Boyd for her permission to print … Read more


(This article first appeared in Volume 5 of The Glynns in 1977, it is presented here with added Hyperlinks and photographs)   The Marchioness of Londonderry inherited her Carnlough Estate on the death of her mother, the Countess of Antrim, in 1834.   Anne-Catherine MacDonnell, Countess of Antrim (circa. 1798) The  Marchioness did not begin … Read more