THE IRON MINES OF GLENRAVEL by Kevin J. O’Hagan

This article first appeared in The Glynns Volume 8 (1980), it is re-presented here with additional hyperlinks.   “Within the last two years an extensive and valuable iron mine was discovered at Glenravil about 7 miles from Ballymena by James Fisher Esq. of Cleggan Lodge near this town and of Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire. Under the energetic … Read more

THE CAMPELTOWN CUSTOMS RECORDS by Jimmy Irvine

This article first appeared in Volume 4 of The Glynns in 1976.  It is presented here with additional photographs and hyperlinks.   The Campbeltown Port Customs Records consist of outgoing letters from the Collector of Customs at the port to the Board of Customs at Edinburgh, together with further volumes of incoming directives and enquiries from … 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

MARCONI and BALLYCASTLE

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

CARNLOUGH HARBOUR DEVELOPMENT SCHEME, 1854—1864 by Jimmy Irvine

(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

One of two lectures delivered by Hugh A Boyd during Ballycastle Civic Week, 1968

Old Ballycastle BALLYCASTLE is situated in the north-eastern corner of County Antrim on a bay midway between Kenbann Head and Fair Head. The town developed on the left bank of the river Tow, about half a mile upstream from Ballycastle Bay. It formed the caput or capital of the Barony of Carey, which extends from … 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

THE PROPOSED IRISH CHANNEL TUNNEL Rev. Kevin McHugh S.S.C

This summer, while browsing in the National Library, Dublin, I chanced upon a reference to Cushendun. This led me to an article in a publication entitled THE IRISH BUILDER. I read it with interest and jotted down the contents. Sometime later I discussed the article with the Editor of THE GLYNNS who suggested that I … Read more