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  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

TOWNLANDS IN THE COUNTY ANTRIM PLACENAMES IN THE PARISH OF DUNLOY AND CLOUGHMILLS by CAHAL DALLAT

  Anticur An tigh coradh The house of the weir or carry. * Anticur House was at one time the residence of Lord Fleming, Baron of Slane. Artiferral Ard tigh Fearghail The hill of Farrell’s house Ballinaloob Baile na luib Townland of the river bends * The land here is very flat and low-lying and … Read more

A WALK AROUND GLENARIFF by EUGENE McGAUGHEY

  “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

NEW LINKS WITH BALLYCASTLE’S FAMOUS SONG By The Very Rev. Dr. Godfrey Brown

  The name of Ballycastle has become known to many people throughout Ireland and across the world first and foremost on account of its famous song ‘The Ould Lammas Fair’. It is the work of one of her most famous citizens of a generation ago, John Henry Macaulay, better known as the bog oak carver. … Read more

SCOTTISH GALLEY SAILS INTO HISTORY WITH BELFAST TRIP by Michael Drake

  “John Mor MacDonnell, the second son of Eoin na h-Ile, or John of Isla, and grandson by his mother of Robert II, came to the Antrim Glynns for a wife. The lady [Margery Bissett] by whom he was attracted hither was young, high-born, handsome, and an heiress.” This is how Rev. George Hill described … Read more

A BALLYCASTLE ANNIVERSARY MEMORIES OF THE FIRST REGATTA AND SPORTS by HUGH ALEXANDER BOYD

  The first recorded Ballycastle regatta and sports was held on Thursday, 27th August, 1869. It was a great week in the history of what was sometimes affectionately referred to as the “wee town”. The place was then a comparatively small township; indeed it was not until just over half a century later — 1920 … Read more

CANON GRAINGER — COUNTRY RECTOR, MAGPIE COLLECTOR AND FATHER OF THE ULSTER MUSEUM. KENNETH JAMES, Ulster Museum

  On a foggy morning in late November 1891 a large assembly gathered at St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Church in Broughshane, Co. Antrim, to attend the funeral of the local rector, who had died at the age of sixty-one after a year of serious illness. Whilst most of those who stood in the churchyard … Read more

A MAP PROPOSING ANOTHER SCOTTISH CONNECTION: Cahal Dallat

  For centuries people have looked across from North Antrim to the Mull of Kintyre and the poor sailors among them have wished that there was some way of getting across without having to endure the trauma of being violently sea-sick. There may have been some relief for such individuals when, as recorded by in … Read more