A PLOUGHING MATCH POEM BY HUGH McKlSICK A BALLINLEA POET

  Colm J. Donnelly:- Hugh McKisick (1872—1946), native of Ballinlea, lived with his brother William (1871—1935) on a small farm. Those who remember him describe him as a man of large stature, with a keen wit, who was always prepared to see the humorous side of any situation. Neither he nor his brother married, and … Read more

SITES OF TWO WOODEN PIERS DISCOVERED NEAR BALLYCASTLE COLLIERIES

  Danny McGill:- Coal-mining along the Ballycastle foreshore has been going on for hundreds if not thousands of years. McCahan1 in his “Local Histories” writes of the probability of Phoenician traders taking coal from exposed seams here as far back as 300 B.C., with the Spaniards mining this coal much later to use in smelting … Read more

A WEALTH OF MATERIAL IN NEW GLENS BOOK Reprinted with permission from The Coleraine Chronicle 16th December 1988

  Tales of old Ballycastle, North Antrim and the Glens have been recorded for posterity by the combined forces of modern and yesteryear local historians. The Glens of Antrim Historical Society launched their latest publication on Monday — ‘McCahan’s Local Histories’ — at the Antrim Arms Hotel in Ballycastle. It’s the first hard-back version of … Read more

‘BINKS’ by Jack McCann

  The boy backed away from his ma’s voice. ‘D’ye think money grows on bushes?’ it shrilled at him from the scullery as he dodged through the kitchen to the front porch: and it went on and on about his da being on the dole and about ‘nobody caring where the next shilling’… Shutting the … Read more

THE GLENS OF ANTRIM HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S INFORMATION CENTRE

Noreen Delargy & Josephine McCallin:- The Glens of Antrim Historical Society had been aware for some time of the need to provide information for visitors to the Glens area and to meet this need an information centre was set up in May 1988 in a Portacabin Office behind the Branch Library in the Cushendall Car … Read more

EARLY SALTMAKING IN BALLYCASTLE DISTRICT II

Danny McGill:- On 27th July 1988, I made an interesting discovery at the north eastern corner of the garden of the Coal Yard cottage (commonly known as Marconi’s). Here, there is a piece of buttress walling built upon the living rock which has been cut to form a tank and a channel identical to what … Read more

TOWNLANDS IN COUNTY ANTRIM PLACENAMES IN THE PARISH OF BALLYMONEY

Cahal Dallat:- Artigoran Ard tigh Gorain The hill of Goran’s house Ballaghmore Bealach mor Great mountain-pass Ballyboyland Baile buidhe lann   orBaile O’Baoghaileain Townland of the yellow church or Boylan’s townland Ballybrakes Baile breac Speckled townland Ballycormick Baile Cormaic Cormac’s townland Ballygan Baile gceann Townland of the heads *Perhaps a place like Knocknagin (the hill of … Read more

CEILIDH HOUSES OF DUNLOY

ANDY DOOEY, DUNLOY 1939:-   Every townland has its ceilidh house — ours had at least four or five — in most instances the home of some lone man or woman or old couple where there would be no family. These houses also served as hostels where the “hikers” (we called them ‘tramps’) of those … Read more