SORLEY BOY MCDONNELL’S DIFFICULTIES AFTER THE BATTLE OF GLENTAISIE by Cahal Dallat

This article originally appeared in The Glynns Volume 30 (2002). It is reproduced here in full. After the defeat of the McDonnells of Antrim by Shane O’Neill in 1565, Sorley Boy McDonnell was taken to Dungannon where he was imprisoned for two years. By this time O’Neill had created many enemies including the Maguires of … Read more

Who are we ?

The Glens of Antrim Historical Society   Office Bearers: 2017/2018      Chairperson: Mr Iain Bradley       Vice-Chair: Mr Leonard Quigg      Secretary: Mr Dominic O’Loan        Treasurer: Miss Eileen Mc Auley       Publications: Miss Catriona Duncan     Contact Us: The Old Schoolhouse 25 Mill Street, Cushendall County Antrim BT44 0RR e-mail: antrimhistory@gmail.com … Read more

Late Night Opening Friday 4th December

The Historical Society, Mill Street Cushendall will be opened on Friday 4th December 6 – 8pm. Come in and see our great selection of books, an ideal Christmas present would be our new publication ‘Green Glens and Golden Memories’ priced £15. Free mulled wine and mince pies! Everyone welcome

THE GLENS OF ANTRIM HISTORICAL SOCIETY SILVER JUBILEE DINNER: Friday 18th May 1990

The Glens of Antrim Historical Society was founded in 1965 with the following objectives: The study of the history, traditions and folklore of the Glens of Antrim. The preservation of historical knowledge and objects of historical interest. The social and cultural entertainment of members. The issue of an annual publication. The Society’s objectives have been … Read more

“LEONARDO ON RATHLIN”: Sam Burnside. (Written after Cahal Dallat took the John Hewitt Summer School to Rathlin Island on Wednesday 2nd August 1989).

      LEONARDO ON RATHLIN   “What would da Vinchi, Have made of that leg?  Knee bent, hooked over nothing; Severed at the ankle-bone; Going nowhere fast. An old stepping-stone Stood in a cauldron; That’s boiling up myths Gory as ten sunsets; Footless and gormless: He would have dissected, And peeled back The thick … Read more

(“VAN GOGH IN THE GLENS” Sam Burnside. Written after Jack McCann led the John Hewitt Summer School from Garron Tower to Lubativish on 1st August 1989).

                                VAN GOGH IN THE GLENS    “What if Van Gogh, already half deaf and pelt bare; One simmering summer had taken by storm the nine glens; Had stirred the plouting mists lying across Lubitavish and Trostan; Had embraced among fire and flame the crimson thistle; That beards the steep-jawed axe quarries of … Read more