BOOK REVIEWS ‘ROOMS OF TIME : MEMORIES OF ULSTER PEOPLE’ by Cahal Dallat and Faith Gibson

Hugh A Boyd:- This book is dedicated to the many elderly people and children who have come together in sharing their history and heritage. It is carrying water to the river to state that both Mr. Dallat and Mrs. Gibson are eminently qualified to write this book. Mr. Dallat has served on committees and councils … Read more

BOOK REVIEWS: SEASONAL CUSTOMS The Journal of Ulster Local Studies, Vol. 10, No. 2: Winter 1988:

Federation for Ulster Local Studies:- This book brings together for the first time in one volume excellent articles on our various Ulster customs which are repeated with the seasons each year. The contributors, who are all experts in their own field, include such well-known names as Linda M. Ballard, Professor Ronnie Buchanan, Cahal Dallat, Vivian … Read more

IRISH FOLKWAYS by E. Estyn Evans. Publishers Routledge of London and New York, xvi + 324 pages plus 16 black and white plates. £6.95 (softback).

  This tightly-packed gold mine of information is now appearing in its sixth reprint, having first appeared in 1957, and I should think it would be an extremely difficult task to find a dissatisfied handful of readers among those who have purchased this book over the years. With regard to layout, the book is a … Read more

BASSETTS COUNTY ANTRIM — ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO. Reprint by Friar’s Bush Press, Belfast. 1989. 412 pages. Price £7.50.

  Local historians everywhere will be delighted that Friar’s Bush Press have had the foresight to reprint Bassett’s Directories and County Guides for Antrim, Down and Armagh—the only ones published for Ulster counties. The Antrim volume, first published in Dublin in 1886, is a compendium of social history, local history and genealogy. This marvellous historical … Read more

BOOK REVIEW: Burns, Cecil: PAUPER TO PATIENT: A History of the Route Hospital, Ballymoney, 1840—1987 Impact Printing, Coleraine and Ballycastle.

  The inspiration for this book came from a paper entitled “The History of the Route Hospital” delivered by Dr. C. Burns to the Viking Surgeons’ Club in September 1987. It soon became obvious that it was impossible to do justice to such an important subject during the course of a lecture lasting only one … Read more

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