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         Contact Us: The Old Schoolhouse 25 Mill Street, Cushendall County Antrim BT44 0RR e-mail: antrimhistory@gmail.com Web address: www.antrimhistory.net   Telephone … 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 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