Index of The Glynns

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Journal of The Glens of Antrim Historical Society
The Glynns Volume 1 (1973)

 INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 1       

PENAL MASS SITES IN THE GLENS

 

The Rev. Patrick Mc Kavanagh. Discovering the old Mass sites in Glenravel, Cushendall, Cushendun, Glenariffe. Some sites known because of their Irish names eg Knockanaffrin in Glenravel; carved stone in Innispollan….  
HEARTH MONEY ROLLS, CAREY BARONY 1669

 

Frank Connolly.
Valuable 17thC genealogical records. Begun as a tax on each household by Charles ll, abolished in 1793 by Grattan. Insight into the inhabitants, their distribution and location….  
THE OLD COAST ROAD FROM LARNE TO BALLYCASTLE  Jimmy Irvine. Tracing the old road prior to the building of the Coast road in the 1830s. Cairncastle..Baldy’s Branch..the Foarin Path..Loughareema..Ballycastle.  
THE MCNEILLS OF CUSHENDUN AND THE MCNEILES OF BALLYCASTLE Randall McDonnell. Tracing the geneology of the families, using the family memoirs of the late Lord Cushendun.  
PLACE NAMES IN RAMOAN AND RATHLIN ISLAND Cahal Dallat. First of a series ; translations / explanations of the place names from the Irish.  
ORDNANCE SURVEY MEMOIR FOR THE PARISH OF ARDCLINIS   Various.Continuing the Memoirs of Parishes begun in the publication ( by the Historical Society ) ‘Life in the Glens of Antrim in the 1830s ‘ which covered the parishes of Layd and Innispollan. Details of boundaries, topography, agriculture, population, antiquities. Table of schools 1800’s –

Map of the area

 

 

The Glynns Volume 2 (1974)

 

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 2         

DEAN WILLIAM HENRY’S TOPOGRAPHICAL DESCRIPTION OF  THE COAST OF CO.ANTRIM AND NORTH DOWN c1740 Annotated by
Hugh Alexander Boyd
Interesting   descriptions  of the area, from Fair Head, Rathlin,
Cushendall, Red Bay, Garron Point
Ballygalley, Glenarm and Larne.
Sketch of Altagore Cashel Cushendun.
OTHER PENAL MASS SITES IN NORTH ANTRIM The Rev.Patrick McKavanagh A continuation from Volume 1. Loughguile, Dunloy, Armoy. Sketch of Broughnalea Cross, Ballycastle.
PLACE NAMES IN THE PARISH OF BALLINTOY Cahal  Dallat A continuation of the series..translations/ explanations of place names from the Irish.  
KELP BURNING IN THE GLENS Douglas Harper One of the oldest traditional industries round the coast ; account of the process with tables of exports. Sketches of  A  ‘Drag’ &  Kelp Kiln.
FERRY ME ACROSS THE WATER Jack McCann Water traffic Ireland / Scotland , from 17c smuggling through to the ferries of the 19th and 20th centuries.  
BALLYCASTLE’S GLASS INDUSTRY Cahal Dallat History of the industry from 18th century Map of Ballycastle  1760
THE REV. GEORGE HILL (1810 – 1900) Jimmy Irvine The Rev. Hill wrote a classic account of the McDonnells of Antrim ; biographical background of his life and career.  
GLENARM SOUP KITCHENS Jimmy Irvine Famine times in the area from 1817, through 1847 ; the role of the churches in famine relief. Sketch of Glenarm Soup House
STATISTICAL ACCOUNT OF ARDCLINIS AND LAID Rev. R S Dobbs Introduction; reprint of survey from 1817 ( some 15 years earlier than the Ordnance Survey Memoirs ). Topography,education, commerce etc. Sketch of cross of Killacur Glenariff
SOME SUMS   The 19th century system for dividing land.  
FERRY TERMINUS   Account of the ferry from Cushendun to Dunavertie.  

       

The Glynns Volume 3 (1975)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 3

BALLYCASTLE’S 18TH CENTURY INDUSTRIES Cahal Dallat Coal, salt, linen, glass… Map of Ballycastle 1760

Photograph of bottle made from Ballycastle glass.

GLENARIFFE AND PARKMORE John Hewitt Poem by John Hewitt 1943/44  
THE MARKET HOUSE – CUSHENDALL David Evans Short description of this (then derelict ) building ; built in 1840 or thereabouts . Now in the Ulster Folk Park in Cultra. Sketch of the Market- House Cushendall.
LOUGHAREEMA Michael Crozier Short article exploring variations of the name and possible translations { error last par. See Vol.4 }  
LADY FRANCES ANNE VANE’S COUNTY ANTRIM ESTATE Jimmy Irvine History of the estates in 19th century ; famine relief, the building of Garron Tower…  
QUILTING Mrs.Rose Emerson How they were made…social aspects…bride quilts  
HURLING IN   ANTRIM Seamus Clarke Interesting account of the mythical/ historical background to the game.  
ANCIENT ‘CROSS NA NAGHEN’      
IN LAYDE CHURCHYARD
Hugh Alexander Boyd Short account of the well known ‘holed stone’ with illustration.  
ORIGINS OF THE FOLK MUSEUM George Thompson Short account of a lecture given by George Thompson to the Society November 1975  
EXPLORING THE GLENS Prof.E . Estyn Evans Lecture given December  1975 ; early agriculture, geology, Ossians Grave, Tiebulliagh  
WHERE WAS ‘THE MILL ‘ OF MILLTOWN, CUSHENDUN ?   Short article exploring the possible sites of this – now vanished – building.  
THE FAMINE STONE OR LETTERED ROCK Jimmy Irvine History of the inscribed rock on the Coast road.  
ORDNANCE SURVEY MEMOIR FOR THE PARISH OF RATHLIN

 

  Continuation of the series Map of Rathlin 1904
Obituary Fr James Webb    
  Mr David Kennedy    
 
The Glynns Volume 4 (1976)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 4

THE IRISH
CONNECTION
Angus Mc Vicar. The connections between Kintyre and N W Ireland from Mesolithic times. St.Colomba, Robert the Bruce, the story of Flora McDonald.  
GRAVESTONE INSCRIPTIONS FROM ARDCLINIS AND KILMORE Brian S
Turner.
Two small graveyards occupying Medieval sites, now disused and neglected. A record of all the stones possible to decipher. Sketch of the O’Neill crest
THATCH AND KEY   Very brief article, recounting the old habit of repossessing the key from a house where rent was unpaid, along with a wisp of straw.  
THE MILLS OF THE MIDDLE GLENS Malachy McSparran. History of the Mills, corn and flax, in Cushendun, Cushendall, Callisnaugh, Tromra, Lubitavish. Photograph of Corn and Flax Scutch Mill, Glenann, Co. Antrim
THE MAIL CAR QUADRILLES Hugh Alexander Boyd. Music composed by a local man –born Ballymena, taught in Ballycastle, in the 19th century. Reprint of hand drawn Quadrilles
score.
STONE FORMATIONS ON UNSHINAGH MOUNTAIN NEAR CARNLOUGH Willie Stewart. Description of the site, with some speculation as to its function. Sketch of the stone formations on Unshinagh Mountain.
SOME PLACE NAMES IN THE GLENS OF ANTRIM Cahal Dallat. Place names with explanations of origins, translations from the Irish.  
MY GLEN – BALLYEAMON Mrs. Rose Emerson. Charming reminiscences from this elderly resident; remembering local families and places, arts and crafts.  
THE QUILTING Siobhan ni Luain. Poem by a native of Glenravel.  
THE CAMPBELTOWN CUSTOMS RECORDS  Jimmy Irvine. Reprising the work of Fr. Webb of Campbeltown, on the Customs Records of 1739 -1816 ; their links with the Antrim Coast – emigration, fishing, smuggling…. Map of places mentioned in the Campbeltown Customs Records.

Sketch of River entrance at Dunaverty.

Table of local boats and their masters 1775 -1811

ORDNANCE SURVEY MEMOIRS FOR THE PARISH OF TICKMACREVAN   Continuing the series…..  
The Glynns Volume 5 (1977)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 5

BALLYCASTLE IN THE OLDEN DAYS

 

Hugh A Boyd. Notes from Canon Barnes’ papers from 1906, with additional material; Ballycastle 1756 onwards…  
GRAVESTONE INSCRIPTIONS FROM NAPPAN

 

Brian S Turner. Exploring the graveyard at Nappan, Cappan, Killycrappin & descriptions of stones with names and dates ; the Turnly vault, the tradition of drowned sailors in 1827 being buried here.  
    Addendum to article in Volume 4 Ardclinis  ‘Chas. Boyl’ d 1800.  
HEARTH MONEY ROLLS

 

  Continuation of piece in Volume 1. The Parish of Carncastle.  
FLORY LOYNACHAN – A FAMOUS SONG OF KINTYRE Angus McVicar.

 

Old ballad in almost impenetrable dialect, with a translation.  
TOWNLAND NAMES AND THE POST OFFICE Cahal Dallat

 

Short piece explaining the antiquity of local place names, and pleading for them to be kept in use.  
CARNLOUGH HARBOUR DEVELOPMENT SCHEME 1854 – 1864 Jimmy Irvine. Continuation of article in Volume 3 ; this piece detailing the second phase of building – the harbour,the arches, railway and quarry, additions to Garron Tower. Photograph of Richard Wilson L’derry Agent in Carnlough.
circa 1850Contemporaneous sketch of Carnlough harbour 1854
ORDNANCE SURVEY MEMOIR FOR THE PARISH OF CULFEIGHTRIM

 

  Topography,geology; population, commerce; antiquities –Castle Carra, ring fort in Altagore ; Fair Head , the Grey Man’s Path… Map of the Parish of Culfeightrin

Sketch of Old Culfeightrin Church

Sketch-plan of circular fort in Altagore

The Glynns Volume 6 (1978)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 6

ORIGINS OF PRESBYTERIANISM IN THE PARISH OF RAMOAN

 

Rev Dr A W Godfrey Brown History, especially the Scotttish connection, from 1646, through to the 18th and 19th centuries.  
THE LINT PULLING DANCE

 

Cahal Dallat The linen industry locally; barn dance after the flax harvest ; musicians, types of dance, tunes.  
TIDES IN THE WATERS OF MOYLE

 

Wallace Clark Account of tidal waters, currents, rip tides. Annotated drawings of tidal movement in the waters of Moyle.
COASTAL TOWNSHIPS IN SOUTH KINTYRE

 

Agnes Stewart Exploring old roads and tracks, ruins, derelict buildings. Map of coastal townships of S. Kintyre, sketches of ruins, Poem
A SURVIVAL IN THE MID 1930s OF AN ANCIENT CUSTOM ON ACHILL ISLAND

 

J Alan Stewart Explaining the old custom of transhumance, now obsolete. An account of meeting boys ‘ boolying.  
IRISH DALRIADA

 

Hugh Alexander Boyd The ancient territory – Dunseverick, Armoy, Rathlin ….to Larne. Maps showing the accepted limits of Dalriada & a re-appraisal of its limits.
LISNAGUNOGUE C R Nodder

 

Interpretation of the place name from Irish roots.  
MRS. MARY STONE

 

Jack Mc Cann Local shopkeeper in Cushendall ; a fund of local knowledge. First honorary life member of the Glens of Antrim Historical Society; died 1977. Photograph of Mrs. Mary Stone,
Cushendall
MARINA JANE

A TALE OF BALLYGALLY BAY

 

William Clarke Robinson Poem , based on a true story. A tale of lost love and faithfulness! The author was a Glenarm man (1851 – 1932)  
EXCAVATIONS AT CARNLOUGH 1977 Peter Woodman

 

When a system of field drains were being laid, a quantity of Mesolithic artefacts found. Proposal to return in 1978 for further excavations.  
THE RED BAY – CAMPBELTOWN FERRY Joan E Robertson

 

Originally a small ferry from Cushendun in the 19th century ; the link with Kintyre restored with the Red Bay – Campbeltown ferry. Closed 1973.  
COOKING IN THE OLD DAYS Mrs. Rose Emerson Remembering old fashioned meals ; potatoes, eggs, oatmeal, baking, pig products.  
ORDNANCE SURVEY MEMOIR FOR THE PARISH OF RAMOAN   Topography, population, schools, manufactories etc. with map of parish .  
IRELAND’S EYE: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF ROBERT JOHN WELCH  E. Estyn Evans & Brian. S. Turner (1977) Blackstaff Book review by I.R. Crozier   Photograph of Janet beside her cabin of beach boulders.
THE ANTRIM MCDONNELLS Angela, Lady Antrim. (1977) U.T.V Book review by J. Irvine   Photograph of The Right Hon. Randel John Somerled. Thirteenth Earl of Antrim (1911-1977)
The Glynns Volume 7 (1979)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 7

THE FRANCISCANS IN CO. ANTRIM

Condensation of Lecture to the Society in March 1977

Rev. P. McKavanagh.  Background history of the order ; the Irish province in 1231..Carrickfergus, Inver, Lambeg, Masserene, Glenarm, Bunamargy, Ardagh etc.

 

 
CAMPBELTOWN’S OVERSEAS TRADE (1750-1755)

 

Susan McDonald. The trade with Spain and Portugal, Sweden and Norway, Ireland and N America; smuggling ; list of Irish companies. Small piece from Irish Harbour Intelligence 1689, mentioning Larne and Olderfleet.  
A NEW MAP OF THE GLENS

 

Michael Crozier (Assistant  Survey Officer). Replacing the 1” with 1: 50000. The problems and constraints behind designing new maps. The Glens chosen as first pilot sheet because of its importance as a tourist area ; the wide variety of topography and landscape gave cartographers a chance to experiment with layout. (Thanks given to the Society for help with place names etc.)  
THE TAILOR’S BUSH

 

Patrick McAuley. Landmark tree on the banks of the river Dun two miles from the Big Bridge. Tales attached to it. The flood in November ’63 left it very battered – will it survive ? b/w illustration
THE BIG BRIDGE

 

Patrick McAuley. The building of the Glendun Viaduct starting in 1834. Local craftsmen mentioned, local stone from Layde. The scaffolding was ships masts, one of which went to the building of a new house ; the woodwork still in perfect condition in 1978 ! b/w illustration by Sam McLarnon
LISNAGUNOGE

 

Cahal Dallat. Further interpretation of this place name ; countering  that of C R Nodder in Volume 6.  
FROM A DIARY OF A “ Journey to ye North, August 1708”

 

  Extract from a Trinity College MS ( no author ). Account of travelling from Ballymoney, to the ‘Gyants Cawsey’ ‘Colrain ‘ and Dunluce Castle.  
THE DOUBLE FOOTPRINT MYSTERY Angus McVicar.

 

Referring to the tribal habit of ‘fealty feet’ ; Scottish- Irish cultural connections.  
DUSTY RHODES Jack McCann.

 

Memories of this local tramp- poet and an account of his life. Photograph of James Stoddard Moore (Dusty Rhodes)
A VIEW OF GLENARM CASTLE Eileen Black.

 

Examining a painting of Glenarm – late 18th early 19th century. Identifying the spires of two churches and the court house. Picture of the painting. (Collection Ulster Museum)
Sketch of the Mass rock’
A SATURDAY AFTERNOON WALK Willie Stewart.

 

Exploring ancient monuments ; Feystown cairn and remains of old chapel; Dunteige Giant’s grave ; description of possible Mass rock called the Priest’s Grave ; Craigy Hill chambered grave.  
RICHARD DOBBS’ NOTES FOR HIS DESCRIPTION OF CO.ANTRIM 1683 Jimmy Irvine.

 

Responding to a questionaire from a Wlm. Molyneux of Dublin, who planned a new atlas of Ireland, Richard Dobbs of Carrickfergus began work on his ‘ notes’ . This section – Carrickfergus to Glenarm, also Carrickfergus to Belfast. Facsimilies of the original questionnaire, and 3 of Dobbs’ letters.
THE BONNY GREEN BRAES OF KINTYRE The Father Webb Memorial Lecture by Agnes Stewart. Abstract  
THE HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF THE CARNLOUGH AREA Lecture by Eddie McDonnell. Abstract  
BONAMARGY AND THE FRANCISCAN MISSION TO SCOTLAND Lecture by Professor J.L.McCracken. Abstract  

 

The Glynns Volume 8 (1980)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 8

THE IRON MINES OF GLENRAVEL Kevin O’Hagan. History of 19th century attempts to mine iron ore in the area, first by James Fisher in 1868. Credit to local priest W J Macauley a keen amateur geologist.  Fisherstown  (now Cargan ) described as a boom town with nightly brawls and drunkenness! Discovery of bauxite, installation of narrow gauge railway..Skerry mines. Contemporary portrait of James Fisher
MULL OF KINTYRE. THE HARD WAY Wallace Clark Account of a sail in a small boat from Cushendun to Kintyre; landmarks, tides etc. Photograph of author’s boat
AN OLD BALLYCASTLE ACCOUNT BOOK Hugh Alexander Boyd. From Biggar’s extracts from an old account book; trade and commerce in the area in 18th century  
A NOBLE PRETENSION Hon. Hector Macdonnell. Genealogical account of one branch of the Macdonnells and their possible connection with the Earl of Limerick. With family tree from Sorley Boy to the 17th century.  
THE ARDCLINIS OR GLENARM CROZIER Anne Mageean. History of the crozier, a description, the family that held it, possible connection to St.Canice. Photograph of crozier.
THE SULPHATE OF AMMONIA CO. LTD. CARNLOUGH Linda McNeill. History of the industry in the early 1900s. Extraction of ammonia from peat; construction of aerial railway; working conditions and pay; close of production in 1908. Photograph of the Chemical Works Drumaho Carnlough
PLACE NAMES IN THE PARISH OF LAYD Cahal Dallat. Format as before : English – Irish – translations.  
CUSHENDALL COTTAGE HOSPITAL 

 

Helen McAlister. History of the Hospital from 1885 to the present day. ( 1980 – since closed down )  
JOHN LANKTREE Jimmy Irvine. The Marchioness of Londonderry’s agent in Carnlough from 1843 to 1850. Interesting account of unpaid rents and tenant agitation. Contemporary portrait of Lanktree
A SONG OF THE RAMOAN PEASANTRY IN THE MEADOWS ON MAY EVE Rev George Hill.            Pleasant old fashioned ballad.  
ORDNANCE SURVEY MEMOIRS FOR THE PARISH OF DUNAGHY AND GRANGE OF DUNDERMOT     Map of the area, and drawing of the ruins of Oldstone Castle
The Glynns Volume 9 (1981)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 9

BALLYCASTLE HARBOUR

 

Hugh A Boyd. Account of the progress made by Hugh Boyd in 1743 in the building of Ballycastle Harbour, with a ‘representation of the present state of the works’ .  
DR JAMES MCDONNELL MD ( 1763 – 1845 ) Peter Frogatt. Biography; his early life and career; involvement in the Belfast Harp Festival; his friendship with the leaders of the United Irishmen; medical and philanthropic work; death and burial in Cushendall. Signed silhouette portrait.
 Photograph of the cave school at Red Bay
DANIEL GALVIN OF CROCKANDOO Submitted by a reader Short account of the man who was the keeper of the Ardclinis crozier.  
PLACE NAMES IN THE PARISH OF CULFEIGHTRIN Cahal Dallat. Introduction; usual format –English – Irish – translations.  
PRESBYTERIANISM IN GLENARM 

 

 

S. Alex Blair. Resume of a lecture given to the Society : history of Presbyterianism from the early 17th century. Map of the parish of Skerry
A MAP OF GLENARM – 1779

 

 

Jimmy Irvine. Examining a rare estate map on painted parchment deposited in the Public Records Office by Lord Dunluce in 1973. Looking at the differences between then and the present day. Reproduction of a small portion
TWO MEMBERS REMEMBERED Jack McCann. Two short pieces : James Hamilton Delargy, and John Turnley.  
ORDNANCE SURVEY MEMOIRS FOR THE PARISH OF SKERRY   Continuation of the series : usual format – topography, commerce, schools etc.  
The Glynns Volume 10 (1982)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 10

PHIL GIBBONS OF CARNLOUGH Jimmy Irvine.

 

An account of the life and work of Phil Gibbons who built the pier in Carnlough in the 1780s :

 

Photograph of the Low and New Piers
THE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL STRUCTURE OF NORTH ANTRIM IN 1819

 

J R B McMinn.

 

Based around Ballymoney; social structure, religion, Conservatives / Liberals; the role played by local newspapers.  
JAMES HAMILTON DELARGY

 

Senator T H Whittaker. Account of his life, given as an address to the Society by Senator T H Whittaker in 1981; taken from interviews the speaker had with Delargy in 1974, when he was 75.  
THE BUILDING OF THE PARISH CHURCH OF GLENARM Hon Hector McDonnell.

 

Begun in 1763; the design, building, costs, architect and masons of the original building, and later changes. 18th century drawing of Glenarm by Nixon
PLACENAMES IN CO ANTRIM : TOWNLANDS IN THE PARISH OF TICKMACREVAN Cahal Dallat.

 

Usual format: place names from the English – Irish – translations.  
SOME MEMORIES OF LIFE ON RATHLIN 60 YEARS AGO

 

From letters by Letitia Stevenson ed. Anne Mageean. Taken from letters written by the wife of the Curate-in-charge on the Island in the 1920s. Life on the Island, ferry crossings, kelp burning, the building of the new lighthouse. Photographs : of the Rev. Stevenson with Johnny Weir and of Jimmy Spence breaking stone for the new Lighthouse.
MAGGIE FROM THE ROSS 

 

Jack McCann. Amusing account of a Captain Millar from Kells in Co Antrim, who bred a horse called ‘Maggie’. Ballad recounting the race between Maggie and the rest at Glenarm in 1872.  
THE BENVAN STEWARTS

 

Christine Laverty. Benvan House overlooking Murlough Bay; history of the family from the 1750s. Scene of the infamous Appin murder, which inspired R L Stevenson’s ‘Kidnapped’.  

 

The Glynns Volume 11 (1983)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 11

THE GRANGES OF THE COUNTY OF ANTRIM Hugh Alexander Boyd.

 

Explanation of the civil divisions within Ireland – from province to townland: and an exploration of the granges within Co.Antrim  
BALLYCASTLE’S FOLK MUSEUM Cahal Dallat.

 

Story of the toy industry; the Irish Peasant Home Industries shop opened in 1904. Closed in 1982,the contents were donated to Moyle District Council to be kept and displayed in Ballycastle.  
DRUMNASOLE

 

Jimmy Irvine. Story of the Donaldson family who owned Drumnasole from 1626; Francis Turnley bought the house in 1808.  
RICHARD DOBBS (1634 – 1701) J S Montgomery.

 

The life of Richard Dobbs, author of ‘A Brief Description of Co.Antrim 1683 ‘  
KNOCKNACARRY NATIONAL SCHOOL Malachy McSparran.

 

History of the school from the 1850s.  
THE LAND LEAGUE IN N. ANTRIM (1880 – 1882) J R B McMinn.

 

Gladstone; Michael Davitt; Parnell; Biggar and Sexton; Pinkerton in Loughguile.  
MARGARET DOBBS. Jack McCann.

 

Biography; her work for the Gaelic League; 1930s Feis – Humbert Craig and a young Charles McAuley; her friendship with Masefield and Casement; her playwriting  
DON ENRIQUE REYNALDO MACDONNELL (1753 –1823) Michael Kerny Walsh.

 

Admiral of the Spanish Navy, descendant of Sorley Boy. Fought at Trafalgar.

 

Portrait of Don Enrique Reynaldo MacDonnell, and picture of a model of his ship.
PLACENAMES IN COUNTY ANTRIM IN THE PARISH OF ARDCLINIS Cahal Dallat.

 

Usual format: English – Irish – translations.  
ORDNANCE SURVEY MEMOIRS FOR THE PARISH OF CARNCASTLE AND KILLYGLEN

 

  As before; topography, commerce, population etc.

 

Map of the area
OBITUARY OF G B NEWE Cahal Dallat.    
       
       
The Glynns Volume 12 (1984)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 12

LAMENT FOR SEAMUS BHRIAIN MAC AMHLAIGH

 

Jack McCann Remembering Jim McAuley, the last native Irish speaker in the Glens.  
LEMNALARY (part 1 ) A HOUSE ON THE ANTRIM COAST AND THOSE WHO LIVED IN IT

 

Jimmy Irvine

 

History of the house, tracing former owners from 17th century; with family tree of the McCollums’  
THE SURNAME MAC CAUGHAN IN N. ANTRIM Brian S Turner Tracing the name from 17th century records; Scottish connections.  
PATRICK ADAIR OF CAIRNCASTLE 1624 – 1694

 

Seamus O’Saothrai

 

Account of the life of Patrick Adair, the first historian of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.  
EXTRACTS FROM A DIARY WRITTEN DURING A SCIENTIFIC TOUR OF CO. ANTRIM IN 1806

 

Samuel Wright (amateur geologist and fossil collector). Account of a journey from Belfast, up the coast to Coleraine, examining the geology and mineralogy of the area.  
DANISH TROOPS IN THE GLENS Jimmy Irvine (from a manuscript of 1690) Infantry and cavalry regiments of Danish troops quartered in Larne, Cairncastle, Layd…waiting for the arrival of King William in the run up to the Battle of the Boyne.  
A BALLYMONEY MEETING OF 1913 – A NATIONALIST MIRAGE ?

 

J R B McMinn Anti Carson meeting in Ballymoney; Capt. Jack White,Roger Casement; preparation and aftermath.  
TEMPLASTRAGH J Fred Rankin

 

History of these ancient chuch ruins from 18th century; graveyards at Ballintoy, Dunseverick, Portbradden. Survey of the gravestones.

Photograph of incised stone set in the wall

HORSE SKULLS AT BAY FARM COTTAGE CARNLOUGH Jim Mallory and Finbar McCormick

 

Found during renovations to cottage; speculations as to date and purpose – ritual sacrifice, or acoustic enhancement?  
PLACENAMES N CO. ANTRIM FOR THE PARISH OF SKERRY Cahal Dallat

 

As before; English –Irish –translations.  
A MINIATURE OF PHIL GIBBONS OF CARNLOUGH c 1800 Jimmy Irvine

 

Builder of Carnlough’s Low Pier; ( see Vol.10 )

 

Photo of miniature
ORDNANCE SURVEY MEMOIRS FOR THE PARISH OF LOUGHGUILE CO. ANTRIM 1835

 

James Boyle. Including table from Loughguile Dispensary, showing list of cases, diseases, and cures.  
      Reproduction of sketch of Cushendall dated 1856, donated in 1944 by a Lieut. Col.Deacon.
IRONSTONE MINERS AND RAILWAYMEN IN LAYDE PARISH REGISTERS 1840 – 1920

 

Compiled by Jimmy Irvine. Names and occupations of the miners and railwaymen.  
The Glynns Volume 13 (1985)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 13

LEMNALARY (Part 2) 

 

 

Jimmy Irvine. Continuation of article in Volume 12. With two family trees – White, and Rodgers. Photographs Field Marshall Sir George White, and Maggie &  Kate Rodgers
THE SURNAME DARRAGH IN N.ANTRIM Brian S Turner.

 

Exploring the genealogy of the name Darragh.  
BEYOND THE GLYNNS : THE PHENOMENON OF THE GIANTS CAUSEWAY IN GEORGIAN IRELAND

 

Donal P McCracken. First recorded in the 17th century: by the then Bishop of Derry. First accurate drawing (1740) & publication of rival geological theories; role of 18th century travel writers.  
19th CENTURY CO. ANTRIM IMMIGRANT FAMILIES IN THE BURGH OF CAMPBELTOWN

 

Angus Martin. Compilation of Antrim family names found in South Kintyre in the 19th century.  
JOHN PINKERTON – AN ULSTER UNITARIAN AT THE COURT OF  ‘KING CHARLES’ (Charles Stuart Parnell)  (1886 –1900) Richard McMinn.

 

Born in Ballymena; his connections with the campaign for land reform; Parnell, Home Rule etc. Magistrate in Ballymoney after retiring from politics.  
JACOBITISM AND THE 3rd AND 4th EARLS OF ANTRIM Hector MacDonnell.

 

Career and histories of the 3rd and 4th Earls in the 17th century.  
RE ROOTED

 

W.J Johnston. Family genealogy. Photographs of Gravestones Fermanagh.
PLACENAMES IN CO. ANTRIM IN THE TOWNLANDS OF LOUGHGUILE Cahal Dallat.

 

As before : English – Irish – translations.  
ORDNANCE SURVEY MEMOIRS FOR BALLINTOY

 

  Usual format ; with map.  
The Glynns Volume 14 (1986)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 14

THE O’NEILLS OF GLENARIFF

 

Maire McNeill Genealogical history, from the flight of the Earls.  
THE WRECKOF THE CUT AND RUN SHIP THE TAYMOUTH CASTLE Sean D Maher

 

Interesting account of the shipwreck in Torr Bay off Rathlin Island.  
PIGEON HOUSES AND ICE HOUSES IN CO. ANTRIM Jimmy Irvine

 

Practice of raising pigeons for food, from medieval times; ice houses in the early19th century. List of probable sites for both. Illustrations of both sites.
EARLY YEARS OF THE GAA IN N. ANTRIM

 

Malachy McSparran 1986 was the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the GAA in N Antrim. Hurling, shinney, first Feis..

 

Photograph of the 1906 team
NOTES ON THE BLACKS AND McCURDYS OF THE GLENS AND RATHLIN Brian S Turner

 

Tracing the names; the connections between Scotland and Antrim.  
SELECTION OF POEMS

 

Jackson Dunlop

 

Some of the poems of Jackson Dunlop from Ballycloughan near Broughshane. Compiled by his great-grand nephew Kevin O’Hagan Photographs of the house belonging to J Dunlop, and of his headstone.
THE  ‘IRISHES’  IN SCOTLAND (1644 – 1647) Alasdair Roberts

 

Montrose’s Scottish campaign; Alasdair MacDonnel; ‘Colkitto’ – wars of religion. Map of Scotland showing dates and battles.
THE McALLISTERS AND THE EARLY DAYS OF CANAL SHIPPING

 

Jacqueline Collins Beusse Cushendall man James McAllister emigrated to work on the waterways of the New World; history of the family business. ( Reprinted from the Irish Echo N.Y. )  
THREE NOTES ON LOCAL HISTORY Hugh Alexander Boyd

 

The McDonnell Celtic Cross in Layd churchyard and its inscription;

Dr James McDonnell;

The Stewarts of Ballintoy, and Robert McCahan.

 
PLACENAMES IN CO. ANTRIM : TOWNLANDS IN THE PARISH OF ARMOY Cahal Dallat

 

As before : English – Irish – translations.  
RECOVERY OF A MISSING PLAQUE Jimmy Irvine

 

Brass plaque commemorating Lady Londonderry’s new harbour; lost and found; now in the Londonderry Arms. With a contemporary account.

 

Photograph of plaque
The Glynns Volume 15 (1987)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 15

AN APPRECIATION OF JIMMY IRVINE Jack McCann Obituary : Jimmy Irvine was a long time contributor to, and editor of, the Glynns. His wife, Honor, drew the sketch which is the Society’s logo.  
SOME FRAGMENTS OF CARVED STONE FROM THE SITE OF GLENARM FRIARY Chris Lynn

 

During an archaeological excavation in 1985, in the Deer Park, some fragments of carved stones found. List and description of the fragments, and an attempt at reconstruction of the site.

 

Map of section of Glenarm ; Photographs and drawings ; plan of surviving remains.
ALTERATION OF FAMILY NAMES IN THE GLENS. Brian S Turner

 

Changes through translations, loss of Irish, pronunciation.  
JOHN WHITE’S JOURNAL OF SERVICE

 

 

Malachy McSparran

 

Born in Broughshane, joined the 36th Herefordshire Regiment, fought in the Peninsular War. An account of his service career.  
ADDRESS BY GEORGE THOMPSON TO THE GLENS OF ANTRIM HISTORICAL SOCIETY   George Thompson was the Director of the Ulster Museum; talk given on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the founding of the Society.  
GLENARM FRIARY AND THE BISSETS

 

Hector McDonnell Third order of St. Francis began in Ireland in the 15th century…20 houses in Ulster…Glenarm / Straidkilly; history of theBissets and McDonnells.  
REMEMBERING PEADAR O’DONNELL ( 1893 – 1986 ) Jack McCann Novelist, socialist, revolutionary soldier; founder of the ‘ Bell ‘ with Sean O’Faolain ; friend of John Hewitt.  
PLACENAMES IN CO.ANTRIM TOWNLANDS IN THE PARISH OF CAIRNCASTLE AND KILLYGLEN

 

Cahal Dallat In response to demand after the Ordnance Survey Memoirs published in Volume 11. Same format – English – Irish – translations.  
FAIRS AND MARKETS IN CUSHENDALL AND BALLYCASTLE Hugh Alexander Boyd Descriptions of the old fairs and markets; sites, dates; placenames associated with them – Fair Hill, the Pound, Fair Green, Market St. Etc.  
THE CARGAN TO RED BAY WIRE TRAMWAY ; A UNIQUE PHOTOGRAPH Kevin O’Hagan ( with the late Jimmy Irvine)

 

The iron ore industry; transportation to the sea at Red Bay; begun in 1872 , sabotaged the next year.

 

Photograph of the tramway at the Red Arch
MY FIRST VOYAGE BY LIEUTENANT JOHN ANDERSON R N R ed. Jimmy Irvine

 

Account of a voyage to New Zealand in 1894 . cf articles on the Gibbons family in Volumes 10 and 12

 

Photographs of the Gibbons family, and a family tree
The Glynns Volume 16 (1988)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 16

JOHN HEWITT: AN APPRECIATION Jack McCann. Hewitt died in 1987 and 1988 was the first year of the Summer School in his name.  
A NOTE ON THE EXCAVATIONS OF AN EARLY CHRISTIAN PERIOD SETTLEMENT IN THE DEER PARK GLENARM (1984– 1987) C.J Lynn and J.A McDowell

 

Account of the excavations carried out by Historic Monuments (DOE) over three years. Structures and finds from the 17th century.

 

Plan of the site, and  photographs.
EARLY SALTMAKING IN THE BALLYCASTLE DISTRICT

 

Danny McGill Looking at early references during the 17th century; exploring the area to find traces of sea-water pans. Photograph of old salt pans at Ballyvoy
THE WHITES, THE MCNEILLS, AND CUSHENDUN STRAND 

 

Malachy McSparran History of Strand House in Cushendun –Ada McNeill.  
PLACES OF INTEREST Willie Stewart

 

Short piece, examining a map dated 1654; ‘Lost Castles’  
AN OBSERVATION ON NAME CHANGING IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS Brian S Turner

 

The custom of whole populations of an area taking on the surname of the clan chief; did this happen in Kintyre, where many Glens names originate?  
BONAMARGY AND THE SCOTTISH MISSION Alasdair Roberts

 

Franciscan missionaries at the time of the Reformation

 

Drawing of map 1619 – 1646
ADVENTURES IN THE GLENS: A WALK FROM CREARLAGH TO ARDCLINIS K.J O’Hagan

 

Account of a climb at Fallovee and Ardclinis

 

b/w photographs : The Coast Road, Ardclinis Mine Adit.
EOIN MCNEILL Dr Michael Tierney

 

Born Glenarm; scholar and Trinity professor; jailed for his part in the Easter Rising; work for the GaelicLeague; Minister for Education in the Free State government.  
The Glynns Volume 17 (1989)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 17

A CHURCH AT CLOUGH Harry Hume Oldest Presbyterian church in Ireland – 1656. Account of ministers from then to the present day. Drawing of wooden book of psalms in Old Latin, found at Springmount Bog nearby.
DISCOVERING EACH OTHER Jack McCann

 

Travelling through America; Boston, Baltimore, New York etc. Connecting Irish immigrants to the New World.  
GRANDDAUGHTER OF GLENARM 

 

 

Eull Dunlop Centenary comment on recent biography of Helen Waddell: born 1889 in Glenarm. Photograph of tourist charabanc leaving Larne for the Glens
BALLYCASTLE MUSEUM

 

Michael O’Cleary The beginnings and formation of the Museum…at the time of writing the Museum is fully functioning ,with plans for improvement.

 

Photograph of Ballycastle Lower
THE JOHN HEWITT SUMMER SCHOOL AT GARRON TOWER Patrick Close

 

The first Summer School; lecturers, play readings, poetry reading, musicians.

 

Photograph of Garron Point and Garron Tower.
CEILIDH HOUSES OF DUNLOY Andy Dooey

 

Memories of five ceilidh houses ; stories, music, and dancing.

 

Photograph of the Bay Cushendun
TOWNLANDS IN CO. ANTRIM IN THE PARISH OF BALLYMONEY Cahal Dallat

 

Usual format : English – Irish – translations  
EARLY SALTMAKING IN BALLYCASTLE DISTRICT Danny McGill

 

Continuation of article in Volume 16  
THE GLENS OF ANTRIM HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S INFORMATION CENTRE

 

Noreen Delargy & Josephine McCallin May 1988 the Society set up an information centre : list of some of the books available, information from local school registers, catalogue of gravestones from old Layde graveyard.

 

Old photograph of Turnley’s Tower
“BINKS”

 

Jack McCann Nice little story about a young boy picking up lost golf balls to get the money for ice cream.  
SITES OF TWO WOODEN PIERS DISCOVERED NEAR BALLYCASTLE COLLIERIES Danny McGill

 

Examining evidence of piers and jetties at Coyles Rock and Coalyard Cottage.

 

Drawings of possible look, and mapping of post holes
A PLOUGHING MATCH :  POEM BY HUGH MCKISICK A BALLINLEA POET

 

Colm. J Donnelly Short biography of McKisick; account of ploughing competitions.  
The Glynns Volume 18 (1990)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 18

ENVIRONMENTAL HERITAGE RESOURCES OF THE IRISH LANDSCAPE IN RURAL DEVELOPMENT John Feehan

 

Exploring the notion of heritage : its scope and development,and its use as a tool in rural development.  
SOME NOTES CONCERNING THE TERRIER OR LEDGER BOOK OF DOWN AND CONNOR WHICH RELATE TOTHE NORTHERN AND EASTERN PARTS OF THE DIOSCESE Compiled by Hugh A Boyd

 

The Terrier originally made out in 1615 : “ of great value as a connecting link between the records before and after the Reformation,showing the condition of the Dioscese..“

 

Reprint of a page from the Terrier
RETREAT FROM KINTYRE TO THE GLENS: THE EVIDENCE OF FAMILY NAMES Alasdair Roberts

 

History of settlement and invasion in the 16th and 17th centuries; the Franciscans; list of converts; list of names and probable counterparts.  
JOHN HEWITT ON HIS CHOSEN GROUND Jack McCann

 

John Hewitt in the Glens; extracts from his poetry.  
LEARNING THE ROPES Patrick Murray of Cushendun

 

Interesting account of a boy who ‘ran away to sea ‘ in the 1890s ; life on board the sailing ships; storm, shipwreck, and mutiny. He died in 1956 ; donated a window in Cregagh chapel.

 

Photograph of Patrick Murray
TOWNLANDS IN CO. ANTRIM : PLACENAMES IN THE BALLYMENA AREA Cahal Dallat

 

Format as before : English – Irish translations.  
VAN GOUGH IN THE GLENS, and LEONARDO ON RATHLIN

 

Sean Burnside. Two poems written during the John Hewitt Summer School’s visit to Lubitavish and Rathlin  
BALLYCASTLE LAMMAS FAIRS OF YESTERYEARS

 

Hugh A Boyd Extracts from the Coleraine Chronicle about the Lammas Fairs from 1862 to 1927.  
TOWNLANDS , THEIR ORIGINS AND SIGNIFICANCE Cahal Dallat

 

The oral tradition; influence of the Vikings, the Normans, the English system of shires; ordnance survey mapping in the 1830s; the importance of townland names in genealogical research.  
      Photographs of family groups: Montgomery and Kenny ‘Across Ancestral Ground’

Photograph of James Kenny 1938  and the Cottage Ballygarvey

      Photograph of The Square Cushendall

 

The Glynns Volume 19 (1991)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 19

IN APPRECIATION OF HONOR IRVINE Jack McCann

 

Recalling the life of Honor Irvine ; wife of Jimmy,a frequent contributor to the Glynns; painter – she designed the logo of the Society ; and life member of the Historical Society.  
JOHN JAMES BARRALET : A DRAWING MASTER AT GLENARM CASTLE IN THE LATE 18TH CENTURY Martyn Anglesea: 

Curator Ulster Museum

 

Account of his life and career; looking at a group of drawings of Glenarm and vicinity acquired by the Ulster Museum done by Barralet when he was itinerant drawing master to the 6th Earl of Antrim.

 

Reproduction and description of 8 drawings.
THE GLENS AND THEIR SPEECH Karen Corrigan

 

History, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar.  
THE PROPOSED IRISH CHANNEL TUNNEL

 

Rev Kevin McHugh. SSC Introduction, and edited article from the ‘ Irish Builder’ 1897 proposing a tunnel between Cushendun and the Mull of Kintyre. Costs, benefits, tests etc. put before the Board of Trade in London.

 

Photograph of beach in Cushendun with bathing huts pictured.
A MAP PROPOSING ANOTHER SCOTTISH CONNECTION

 

Cahal Dallat A second scheme to join the Antrim coast with Kintyre, by land bridge from Torr Head, with two canals cutting through.

 

Plans of proposed work

 

CANON GRAINGER – COUNTRY RECTOR, MAGPIE COLLECTOR AND FATHER OF THE ULSTER MUSEUM 

 

Kenneth James

 

The Grainger Collection

Rector of Broughshane; bequeathed a collection of curios, books, and antiquities to Belfast Corporation in 1891

Photograph of Canon Grainger; himself and friends outside the Rectory in Broughshane with some of his collection.
A BALLYCASTLE ANNIVERSARY: MEMORIES OF THE FIRST REGATTA AND SPORTS

 

Hugh Alexander Boyd 1869 ; climax of the Lammas Fair; description of boats and athletic events.

 

Photograph of the Warren during the sports events; photo of the Committee
SCOTTISH GALLEY SAILS INTO HISTORY WITH BELFAST TRIP Michael Drake

 

The ‘ Lord of the Isles Voyage ‘ – replica galley built by Wallace Clark to reprise the trip from Isla to the Glens of Antrim in the 14th century.

 

b/w illustration of the boat
NEW LINKS WITH BALLYCASTLE’S FAMOUS SONG Very Rev Dr Godfrey Brown

 

The author’s mother-in-law won a competition with the ‘ Ould Lammas Fair ‘ and was contacted by the writer of the song John McAuley in 1934. With copy of McAuley’s letter.  
A WALK AROUND GLENARIFF

 

Eugene McGaughey Poem : enumerates many familiar townland names during his walk .  
TOWNLAND NAMES IN CO. ANTRIM  PLACENAMES IN THE PARISH OF DUNLOY AND CLOUGHMILLS Cahal Dallat

 

Usual format : English – Irish – translations.

 

 
      Photograph overlooking Cushendall showing Tieveragh hill.
       
       
The Glynns Volume 20 (1992)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 20

OLDEN DAYS IN CUSHENDALL AND THE GLENS Hugh A Boyd

 

Parish churches, C of I, Presbyterian , and Catholic chapels, in Ardclinis, Bonamargy etc.

 

Photograph of a Glens farm in Glencorp.
THE ANNALS OF THE FOUR MASTERS

 

Presented to the Society by Miss Maeve O’Neill.

Letter of thanks from Jack McCann.

 

Important compilation of Irish history, lay and ecclesiastical, from earliest times to 1616. In 7 volumes. Photograph of The Glens Feis in Cushendall
LURIGETHAN PROMONTORY FORT Brendan Sharkie

 

Description, topography, archaeological finds, speculation as to use and inhabitants.

 

Aerial photograph & drawings of bronze daggers and swords
DALRIADA Patrick Stevenson RAFVR May 1942

 

Poem. The author was the son of Rev Leslie Stevenson, rector of Rathlin; whose wife published an article in Volume 10.

 

Photograph of Londonderry Arms & Harbour Road in Carnlough
THE CASE OF THE CUSHENDALL SCHOOLMASTER 

 

Anthony Buckley  Ulster Folk & Transport Museum Post Catholic emancipation, the struggle for the disestablishment of the High Church in Ireland, and its effects on education and schools. The story of Robert Campbell,schoolmaster, and his involvement.  
THE POLISHED STONE AXEHEADS OF THE OSBORNE COLLECTION Colm J Donnelly and Margaret R McClean

 

Quantity of prehistoric stone and flint implements collected by Hugh Osborne on his farm in Dervock.  Drawings of Axe Heads.
KNOCKLAYD

 

Phillip McGettigan A Poem recalling the author’s  boyhood in Armoy.  
ISLANDMAGEE AND THE GLENS Alex Niblock

 

Memories of Islandmagee; smuggling, fishing, poteen making; its connection with the Glens, shared surnames.

 

Photograph of kelp burning on the Antrim coast
HOME AND COLONIAL J G Kenny

 

Article first appeared in the Journal of the Genealogical and Historical Society of Victoria Australia in 1990. Local man from Ballygarvey recalling friends and relatives who emigrated to Australia. Memories of his farm near Broughshane.  
THE PLACE NAMES IN THE PARISH OF BILLY Cahal Dallat

 

Usual format : English – Irish – translations.  
THE MOYLE HOMECOMING FESTIVAL PROGRAMME SEPTEMBER 1992   Includes details of workshops, trails and activities.  
     



Photograph of Geese on Bridge Street Cushendall
The Glynns Volume 21 (1993)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 21

OLDEN DAYS IN CUSHENDALL  &  THE GLENS PART 2. Hugh A Boyd

 

Continuation of article from Volume 20  
AGNEWS AND O’GNIMHS Hon. Hector McDonnell

 

16th century bardic family of the O’Gnimhs; grants of land from the McDonnells in the early 1700s. Family tree from the 12th to the 17th centuries.

 

Map of the area from Larne to Carncastle with townland names.
SOME NEW ZEALAND MCBRIDES Mary Frances Duncan

 

Account of the family and their emigration in the 19th century.  
LORE OF THE LINEN LORDS & OTHERS James G Kenny

 

The Linen Industry, Belfast and elsewhere; famous families connected with it.

 

Photographs: Belfast Castle; Lisnafillen House; Clock from 1750 in Ballymena.
A RELIGIOUS CENSUS OF THE BARONY OF CARY IN 1734 Harry Doyle

 

Covering the parishes of Ballintoy, Billy, Culfeightrin, Ramoan, Armoy, and Derrykeighan. Names of families and religious denominations.  
PLACENAMES IN THE PARISH OF DERRYKEIGHAN Cahal Dallat

 

Usual format: English – Irish – translations.  
ANTIQUARIAN LIBRARY CATALOGUED Eull Dunlop

 

The library at GarronTower, collected, catalogued, and published this year with b/w and coloured plates, index.  
WHAT MOYLE ENTERPRISE CAN DO FOR YOU

 

  Set up to encourage small business development, support training courses etc.  

 

The Glynns Volume 22  (1994)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 22

TRIBUTE TO THE LATE JACK MCCANN Cahal Dallat

 

Founder of the Society, Chairman, contributor to the Glynns.

Died 1993.

 
OBITUARY
JACK MCCANN
 
Michael Longley    
A BALLYMENA MAN: JACK MCCANN
Eull Dunlop    
ANNE MAGEEAN: AN APPRECIATION Malachy Mc Sparran Editor of The Glynns from 1981-1988  
OLDEN DAYS IN CUSHENDALL AND THE GLENS c1817 Hugh A Boyd

 

Part 3 –continuation from Volume 20 and 21

Dobbs account of life and customs among the Glens in the early 1800s

 
AN AGNEW / O’GNIMH POSTSCRIPT

 

Hon. Hector Mc Donnell Additions to the article in Volume 21.  
ORIGINS OF THE NAME MACIVER J. McIver

 

Vikings, Scots, & changes to the name over time.  
BUN-NA-MARGIE FRIARY Ita McMichael

 

Poem, imaging the Friary in times past.  
O’ HARA OF CRAIGBILLY, OAKLANDS ALSO

 

 

 

SQUIRE O’HARA 1820 -1875

 

OAKLANDS AND ITS BUILDERS : ADAM DUFFIN 1764 -1837

J G Kenny Family history; Crebilly House with older foundations…16th century to present.

Memories of this O’Hara, Crebilly.

Related Photographs
THE STRANDING OF THE CLINTACH ROCK James Devine Snr. Poem, relating the tale of shipwreck off Rathlin in the 19th century. Composed by James Devine Senior in 1898.  
A GLIMPSE OF THE MARITIME TRADITIONS OF THE GLENS Danny Morgan

 

From the Belfast Commercial Chronicle, lists of ship owners and captains from the Glens area; memorials and headstones with maritime connections (the Fuldiew stone) , Ballycastle, Ramoan, Glendun, Cushendall, Carnlough.  
PLACENAMES IN THE BALLYCLARE AREA Cahal Dallat

 

Usual format : English – Irish – translations.  
RELIGIOUS CENSUS OF THE BARONY OF CAREY 1734 Harry Doyle

 

Names of tenants; breakdown into townlands, religious denominations.  
RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE GLENS OF ANTRIM : THE FIRST STEPS

 

Jennifer McLarnon Mid to late 80s pressure on Government led to the formation of the Rural Development Council; the Glens a priority area; GARCDA formed in 1987; the way forward…  
The Glynns Volume 23 (1995)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 23

THIRTY YEARS ON Malachy McSparran in a lecture to Society in February.

 

Memories of the beginnings of the Historical Society; founder members; talks and lectures; & publications.  
OLDEN DAYS IN CUSHENDALL AND THE GLENS c 1817 Hugh A Boyd

 

Part 4 Continuation from previous volumes.

 

Interesting snippet from a reader in Larne : the Fuldiew Stone  inscription in Glendun is echoed on a headstone in an English churchyard  of a man who sailed with Captain Cook.
FARMING IN THE GLENS OF ANTRIM Johnathan Bell

 

 

Changes in farming practices over the years; introduction of the potato , hay,oats; size of farms, methods of tilling; horses sheep and cattle, the Cushendall pony. Photographs of 1:Denis Black ploughing at Cushendun c 1916

2:Retting flax at McSparran farm Cloney

3:James Gillan of Lossett riding a Cushendall pony

4: Dan Laverty with slide car made for the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

THE MACIVERS OF NORTH ANTRIM J. Maciver

 

 

How the spelling of the name changed to McKeever.

Continued from Vol.22

 
      Photograph of general view over Cushendall.
FROM 3rd REPORT OF THE COMMISIONERS OF PUBLIC WORKS 1834/5 : REMARKS ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF BOG ROADS

 

William Bald excerpt re: the building of roads over bog; using sod and turf; including difficulties of drainage etc.  
WILD SPORTS OF NATURE: JACKSTRAWS

 

From  ‘Kohl’s Travels in Ireland’  1844 Description of the Gray Man’s Path.  
EVANGELISM IN THE GLENS OF ANTRIM : A NOTE ON TWO SESQUICENTENARIES IN 1994 Eull Dunlop

 

Two volumes, one published in 1844, one proposed for 1994, examining the controversial subject of Protestant evangelism in the Glens in the first half of the 19th century.  
“REMEMBERING“ Kathleen McCollum (aged 84)

 

Poem..Bonamargy, Julia McQuillan, the O’Neills.  
GLEANINGS OF DOWNHILL AND THE EARL BISHOP

 

James G Kenny The story of Frederick Hervey (1730 – 1803) Fourth Earl of Bristol, Bishop of Derry ; his life and eccentricities.  
PLACENAMES IN SOUTH EAST ANTRIM

 

Cathal Dallat Usual format : English – Irish – translations

 

Photograph of Lurig and the beach at Cushendall.
THE CUSHENDUN TRIATHLON

 

  Preparations for it in July 1995. To be reported in next volume of the Glynns.  
“SIGHTS IN SEASON” Ita McMichael

 

Poem  
COTTAGE INITIATIVES IN THE GLENS

 

GARCDA

 

Report into the development of renovated vernacular buildings for the tourist trade…….looking to the future.  
THE PARISH OF RAMOAN

 

  Breakdown into list of tenants, townlands, religious denomination.

 

 
      Photograph of Garron Tower.
The Glynns Volume 24 (1996)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 24

OBITUARY HUGH ALEXANDER BOYD Reprinted by kind permission of: The Ballymoney Times    
ETERNAL HISTORIAN LEFT INDELIBLE MARK ON BALLYCASTLE COMMUNITY Tribute to Mr. Hugh Alexander Boyd.    
MR. HUGH ALEXANDER BOYD: AN APPRECIATION Eull Dunlop    
OLDEN DAYS IN CUSHENDALL AND THE GLENS

 

Hugh A Boyd

 

Part 5

c1817  continuation from Volume 23

 
THE EARL OF ANTRIM’S ESTATE PAPERS Ian Montgomery

 

History of the Antrim McDonnells

 

Photographs : Drumnasole House, Glenarm Castle,Garron Tower.
NEW OFFICES FOR THE SOCIETY Cahal Dallat

 

The move to the new premises in the Old Schoolhouse in Mill St. Plaque unveiled by Jack McCann.  
THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY DINNER

 

Sheila McGoran    
CARDINAL CATHAL DALY’S MEMORIES OF SWEET LOUGHUILE Eull Dunlop

 

Memories of his boyhood, move to Belfast,and subsequent career.  
REFLECTIONS James G Kenny

 

Memories of the Parkmore train.  
VIKINGS

 

Eddie Hannon Short piece, on the Norse influence on placenames and surnames in Ulster.  
POEMS OF HUGH MCWILLIAMS SCHOOLMASTER 1831 John Moulden

 

Early life in Glenavy, Clough, & Loughguile published two volumes of poetry and songs.  
PLACENAMES IN THE PARISH OF RASHARKIN 

 

Cahal Dallat Usual format : English – Irish – translations.  
ROBERT DUNLOP RIC Eull Dunlop with afterword by Kevin O’Hagan 

 

Family history of the Dunlops from Clough.

 

 
RURAL COTTAGES IN THE GLENS Anne McLaughlin

 

Reporting on the success of the Rural Cottages lets.  
THE 8TH JOHN HEWITT SUMMER SCHOOL Patrick Close

 

Report  
THE MINING HISTORY SOCIETY OF IRELAND Kevin J O’Hagan

 

Inaugural meeting; formed in Oct 1995 by interested mining enthusiasts.  
The Glynns Volume 25 (1997)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 25

OLDEN DAYS IN CUSHENDALL AND THE GLENS Hugh A Boyd

 

Part 6 c1817. Continuation from Vol. 24  
A HISTORY OF THE DAL nARAIDI Lynn Black

 

History of the tribe from early Christian period ; territories in Ulster. Historical date list attached, from the Annals of the Four Masters 388 – 1198 AD.  
A RELIGIOUS CENSUS OF BALLINTOY PARISH 1734

 

Harry Doyle Usual format : list of tenants, townlands, surnames, religious denominations.  
FAMINE IN COUNTY ANTRIM Cahal Dallat
(from lecture delivered in Ballymena March 1997)
Hardship in Co. Antrim. Reports from workhouses, soup kitchens; emigration; The Londonderrys – the Famine Stone.  
AN EMIGRANTS LETTER FOUND DURING RENOVATIONS TO A HOUSE IN CUSHENDALL Contributed by Mrs Brigid McKay Dated 1899 ; an aunt in New York writes to prepare her niece for emigration.  
FAIRHEAD Ita McMichael

 

Poem

 

Photograph: of McGildowneys Pier in Ballycastle.
GARCDA VISIT TO DONEGAL

 

  A visit to Donegal to see community projects in action,and to discuss mutual interests. Photograph of GARCDA group
      Photograph of Corrymeela House.
GLENS OF ANTRIM HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S SUMMER OUTING TO THE GARDENS AT GLENARM CASTLE   Short report on the outing. Photograph of members on the outing.
REFLECTING ON PLACE AND IDENTITY

 

Willie O’Kane Report from the 9th John Hewitt Summer School.

 

Photographs: John Hewitt, Seamus Deane.
      Photograph of Ballycastle’s Marine Hotel.
GIANT STEP FOR POST OFFICE AT THE CAUSEWAY   Report on the opening of a designated post office at The Giant’s Causeway  
THE FRENCH CONNECTION

 

  Report of the Craft Connection Group’s, trip to a craft fair in France to promote local crafts.

 

Photographs of members, visitors, local mayor.

 

MARY MCBRIDE’S COUSIN PAYS POETIC TRIBUTE TO PUB Margaret McIlgorm

 

The closure of McBride’s pub in Cushendun – poem about the old days there.  
LOSS OF THE ENTERPRISE AT RINGFORD 1827 Shebby McHenry

 

The shipwreck of

‘The Enterprise of Lynn’  at Glenarm; loss of life and precious cargo plundered.

 
COACH OPERATORS TARGETED FOR NEW HIGHLAND FERRY SERVICE, AS ARGYLL AND ANTRIM STEAM PACKET UNVEILS NEW LIVERY

 

  Report on the setting up of this new ferry service between Ballycastle and Campbeltown; hopes for the future. Photograph of mv Claymore & the new logo.
      Photograph of the building of the Pier at Ballycastle 1932 ; 5 named workmen.
The Glynns Volume 26 (1998)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 26

OLDEN DAYS IN CUSHENDALL AND THE GLENS c 1817 Hugh Alexander Boyd

 

Part 6 Conclusion  
PERPENDICULAR ARCHITECTURE: EXCAVATIONS AT ST. PATRICKS CHURCH, ARMOY, CO ANTRIM Declan P. Hurl

 

Excavations on the site of the present church (1820s) remains of earlier Christian site; burials; leprosy.

 

Photograph of church; floor plans of old and existing structures
THE LANKTREE CASE RECONSIDERED Anne Casement

 

Further information on the indictment of John Lanktree for fraud. (see Volume 8 , article by Jimmy Irvine )  
THE REVEREND SAMUEL DUNLOP, MINISTER OF RAMOAN 1724 – 1733 The V Rev Dr A W G Brown

 

Presbyterian minister; his brushes with the Synod over doctrinal issues, and stipend owing to him.  
GAELIC WORDS IN THE ENGLISH SPOKEN IN N. ANTRIM Brian MacLochlainn

 

Local dialect words taken straight from the Irish; translations, pronunciation.  
ULSTER AND THE SCOTTISH CONNECTION

 

Prof R H Buchanan Proximity by sea – natural connection; pre-history; Dalriada; St.Coumba to Iona; the McDonnells and intermarriage.  
A SAD EMIGRANT LETTER Robert McMullan

 

1865 the McKillop family from Clough; 3 sons at sea, youngest drowned. Facsimile of 2 letters and transliteration from a shipmate giving them the news of his death.  
SOME LETTERS OF THE EMIGRANT MCATEERS OF KILLOUGHAGH CUSHENDALL Denis J Ahern

 

Account of the McAteers who went to USA. Family tree; 6 letters from US 1905,1907,1914,1921.  
THE CAUSEWAY TRAM Ian Binnie

 

History of the Causeway tram from 1880 ; description of the workings,cars, accidents etc.  
THE MCCOUAIG FAMILY SHIPS Capt. Sean McCouaig

 

Shipowners from Rathlin in the second half of the 19th century.  
THE LIGHTING OF CUSHENDALL

 

Eugene McGlone Cushendall was first village in Ireland to get electricity 1924. Account of the installation; costs and charges; local feeling.

 

Facsimile of Public Notice, Ballycastle Rural District Council in reference to The Lighting of Cushendall Streets
A BALLYCASTLE STORY OF THE 1798 REBELLION Cahal Dallat

 

Exploring the roots of the story of Robert McNamaire on the run after the rebellion failed. Hidden in caves above Port Calliagh, with help from his sweetheart he escaped to Donegal and thence to America. Referencing the story in McCahans Local Histories: ‘A Rebel In 1798’. Discussion of similarities and discrepancies between the two stories.  

 

The Glynns Volume 27 (1999)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 27

EARLY REMINICENCES OF HUGH ALEXANDER BOYD 1907-1996

 

Edited by Dr Anne Boyd and Eull Dunlop

 

Born Ballycastle; early memories of Coronation of George V ; Ulster Volunteer Force in 1914; the Manor House; the Workhouse…..

 

Photographs:  The Quay Road; Boyd Family; Coronation; Town Church; Narrow Gauge Railway;  & The Diamond.
A BALLYCASTLE ANNIVERSARY : MEMORIES OF THE FIRST REGATTA AND SPORTS DAY

First published 5 August 1944

Hugh A Boyd

 

Account of the regatta and sports in August 1879; sailing and rowing races; athletic events; call for it to be revived.

 

Photograph of the gathering
      Appendix to The Lanktree Case Reconsidered from Vol 26
OBITUARY : MR WILLIAM MCCAUGHAN J.P Rev Dr W.A.G Brown

 

Ballycastle man and member of the Society.  He assisted with the compilation of  ‘McCathans  Local Histories‘.  
THE 1798 REBELLION IN GLENARM AND GLENCLOY   History of the United Irishmen with reference to the battle in Glenarm; including letters from Squire Agnew Kilwaughter. Events in Glencloy; & the aftermath of the rebellion.  
THE SOCIETY’S ORAL HISTORY PROJECT

 

  Project begun in May 1998 ; the importance of maintaining and recording local knowledge and stories.

 

Photographs: Glenmona Lodge; Glenshesk School; Todds house Glentaisie.
DRAWING BLOOD FROM A STONE : THE GIANTS CAUSEWAY CASE OF 1897 Ian Montgomery

 

Account of the legal fight between a commercial syndicate of local land owners and local notables including the Earl of Antrim to agree access , maintenance etc. The story to the present day.  
‘THE MARTINSTOWN TORNADO’ Donnell O’Loan

 

Poem, relating the incident in 1998.  
LUGHNASA

 

Ita McMichael Poem about how pagan and celtic customs hang on….  
‘LOVELY CUSHENDALL’

AN IRISH AIR

Mrs Maire Cunningham

 

Poem  
BALLYCASTLE IN THE 1798 REBELLION

 

Cahal Dallat History of the rebellion in Ballycastle and surrounding areas; the repercussions.  
The Glynns Volume 28 (2000)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 28

THE SIEGE OF DERRY: THEN & NOW.   Prof. Thomas Fraser

 

History and background to the Siege; how the commemorations associated with it have changed over the years.  
EARLY CHRISTIAN ROUND TOWERS OF IRELAND Lynn Black

 

Their history, function, dating, building origins.

 

With 9 Photographs
THE MANORIAL COURTHOUSES OF NORTH ANTRIM Ian Montgomery

 

Built for the Earls of Antrim in the 18th century, to serve as market places and a focus for community activity.Four still standing: Clough, Glenarm, Ballymoney, Ballycastle. Description of the four, with photographs and ground plan of Clough courthouse 1865.  
CUSHENDALL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH c1900 Eull Dunlop

 

Marking the centenary; amplifying material gathered by Rev Aston Robinson,minister of Carnlough and Cushendall (1927-1950).

 

Portrait of Rev. Charles Gillis
WILLIAM ORR, NEWGROVE AND ELSEWHERE James G Kenny

 

Conclusion of article in Volume 27.  
OWER BAD FOR BLESSING AND OWER GUDE FOR BANNING

 

Frank Rogers

 

Schools and teachers in Glenarm in 1886  
The Glynns Volume 29 (2001)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 29

GLYNN TO GLENS   Launch of new book by the Society  
CHILDREN OF THE GLENS   Launch of booklet by P4 pupils  
THE END OF THE BAY  Malachy Mc Sparran History of the Bay Hotel in Cushendun; the previous owners; demolished in 2000 after 65 years. Photographs: Cushendun before the Bay Hotel was built, and a view over the River Dun showing the Hotel.
THE NORTH OF IRELAND FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY Brian O’Hara

 

Formed  in Bangor in 1979; eleven branches now; the Society’s journal ‘North Irish Roots’  
OBITUARY
JAMES MC CAMBRIDGE  Founder member of the Society Photograph
OBITUARY DR MICHAEL DALLAT Auxiliary Bishop Down & Connor Photograph
ANNA MCCAUGHAN ATRIBUTE Malachy Mc Sparran Former Chair and Hon. Sec. of
The Society
Photograph
POSTCARD COLLECTING Robert M Bonar

 

History of the postcard; local interest; specialized collections, social documentation.  
A POSTCARD FROM THE GLENS (1938) Harry Hume

 

Looking at an old postcard depicting a cottage interior; interesting is the use of old railway sleepers from the disused Parkmore Line

 

Reproduction of front and back of card
CUSHENDALL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (1949 – 2001) Neil Workman

 

Information to complement the article by Eull Dunlop in Vol 28.

 

Photographs: exterior & interior of the church.
BLACKSMITHS OF THE MIDDLE GLENS AND THEIR FAMILIES

 

 

Malachy McSparran Account, from land registers etc. of all the smithing families; location of forges; the ‘Smith of Tieveragh ‘ and John Hewitt’s mention of him. Photographs : Alex McKillop, Charles McAuley Blacksmith; his forge in Knocknacarry;

Reproduction of poster from Blacksmiths Union.

THE BIG SNOW OF ‘ 47 Robert McMullan

 

Heavy snow falls from Christmas ’46 to St Patricks Day ’47 ; impact on rural life – transport disruptions and food shortages.

 

Photograph of the Narrow Gauge Railway buried in snow.
GLASS IN THE GLENS Frank Rogers

 

The stained glass in churches round the Glens and their makers.Condensed from his book of the same name.

 

Several colour reproductions of windows.
A PENNY IN THE POUND: THE INTERESTING CASE OF THE REV W P MCDONAGH, RECTOR OF DUNAGHY,CLOUGH,1876-1894

 

Harry Hume Story of the rector in debt to moneylenders; bailiffs distrain his goods – list appended.

 

Colour Photograph of Dunaghy Rectory (now demolished)
NEELB LOCAL STUDIES SERVICE

 

 

Yvonne Hurst, Development Officer. Outlining the remit of the Local Studies Librarian; resources; information technology; contact details. Photograph of author & colleague.

 

KILLYMURRIS COLLIERY: 19thCENTURY LIGNITE MINE Ian Montgomery

 

History of the lignite mine in Rasharkin; the Earls of Antrims’ involvement in 18th and 19th centuries; the use of lignite for bleaching operations.

 

Reproduction of plans 1839; map of area affected; map showing geology of area.
SECOND HAND NAILS FOR A FIRST CLASS LITTLE RAILWAY Gerard Muldoon

 

Carnlough quarries, narrow gauge railways to carry limestone, early 20th century

 

Sketch of rail network early 20th century; map of quarry layout; 6 small photos of rail beds, kilns, tractors etc.
THE FREEMASONS OF BALLYMONEY AND THE 1798 REBELLION Keith Beattie

 

The involvement of the Freemasons in the political upheavals of the late 18th century; Ballymoney rebel Freemasons linked to the United Irishmen ; the Caldwell family of Harmony Hill.

 

Photograph of The Market House Ballymoney in 1930; portrait of Caldwell in 1840
THE NORTH ANTRIM DALRIADA GROUP Donnell O’Loan

 

Formed to study the history,culture, and influence of the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada ; the publication of a map.  
GRAVESTONE INSCRIPTIONS IN NEWTOWNCROMMELIN Eull Dunlop

 

The launch of a small publication available to buy locally.  Sketch of the church; photo of a plaque commemorating the bicentenary of Crommelin’s purchase of lands; photograph of the author and others at the unveiling of plaque.
A DOCUMENTED HISTORY OF BALLYCASTLE UNDER THE MACNEILLS 1603 – 1690 D J McGill

 

Documents and deeds relating to the McNeils and the Boyds of Ballycastle; land grabs; the fort of Dunynie.

 

Reproductions of old deed and accompanying map.
SOCIETY OUTING 2000

 

  Report of the visit to the Ulster American Folk Park ,Balance House, Navan Fort & Armagh.  
CATHAL DALLAT RETIRES AS EDITOR OF THE GLYNNS

 

  An appreciation of Cahal’s contribution as founder member and latterly as editor of The Glynns.  
The Glynns Volume 30 (2002)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 30

REPORT ON THE SOCIETY’S ACTIVITIES: Harry Hume.

Donnell O’Loan.

The Glens of Antrim Historical Society visit to Birr,Co.Offaly; local history field- day in Cushendun; & visit to Clough.  
CIVIL PARISH OF LOUGHGIEL Hugh MacLean

 

Description of the area; location of graveyards; Altnahinch Dam; Knockahollet Motte & Bailey; Old School and Church. Ballad – ‘Our Lovely Sweet Loughgiel’
JOHN LANKTREE AND THE FAMINE IN GLENCLOY 1847 Ian Montgomery The text of a letter written by John Lanktree, agent for the Londonderry Estate, County Antrim in March 1847.  
THE QUARRELLING COUNTESSES Angela, Countess of Antrim.
Submitted by Ian Montgomery
The text of a talk given by Angela, Countess of Antrim, to the Larne Historical Society in 1979.

The story of the 6th Earl who, having no sons, petitioned the King to change the Earldom in favour of his two daughters , who then quarrel over the inheritance.

 
‘THE DEATH OF A FRIEND’ Poem by Dan Campbell. Submitted by Dominic O’Loan

 

Written in 1930 by Dan Campbell, Shoemaker of Cushendall.

 

Photograph of the ruins of the house he was reared in at the foot of Tievebulliagh.
BALLYMONEY OLD CHURCH GRAVEYARD Keith Beattie

 

Built in 1637 with money from the Earl of Antrim; burned down in 1642 and rebuilt. The new road to Coleraine was driven through the graveyard in 1840. Descriptions of some of the more interesting headstones. With photographs and map
MAPPING DALRIADA Dr Bob Curran

 

The making of the map of the Kingdom of Dalriada. Discussed in Vol.29 by Donnell O’Loan.  
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH COMMUNION TOKENS Robert H Bonar

 

The use of tokens dates back to reformed church in 16th century. Early tokens of lead, stamped or incised; changes in shape, materials & inscriptions. Sketches of various ‘stock’ tokens
CLOUGH FAIR AND THE FAIR GREEN Harry Hume
 
The Clough Fair was  an important trading post from the 17th to mid 20th centuries. Photographs: Clough on a Fair Day; steam traction engines in Clough quarry c1925; map of Fair Green 1865
THE MCCARTNEYS OF LISSANOURE Alex Blair

 

Account of the rise and fall of the McCartney’s and their house & lands at Loughgiel; George Hume ‘The Old Tyrant’; formation of the Lavin Orange Lodge.

 

3 photographs: Portrait of Lord Macartney of Lissanoure 1737-1806; the Castle Yard & the Cottage overlooking the lake.
THE GLASSMULLAN MCDONNELLS – A FORGOTTEN BRANCH OF THE ANTRIM MCDONNELLS Margaret Mc Ilgorm

 

Exhaustive genealogical record of this branch of the McDonnell family; with short family tree, and a quantity of quotes from estate papers, cash books, letters etc.  
THE FAMILY OF FLEMING, BARONS OF SLANE, WHO RESIDED AT ANTICUR Submitted by Henry Hume

 

Anticur near Dunloy, onetime home to the Fleming family who married into the Earls of Antrim

 

Photograph of Fleming Hall
THE GOLDEN PLOUGH Frank Rogers Monument in Armoy commemorating the World Ploughing Championships of 1959.

History of the Championship, won that year by Lawrence McMillen from Dundonald.

 

Photograph of the monument
A A MCGUCKIAN Harry Hume

 

2002 is the 50th anniversary of A.A McGuckian’s death. His background and early life; his contribution to agriculture particularily pig farming; textile factory in Cloughmills.

 

Sketch of McGuckian
MASTER JOHN STEWART OF NEWTOWNCROMMELIN : A LOCAL HISTORY PARABLE Eull Dunlop

 

Presbyterian schoolmaster, JP in Newtowncrommelin and district; began his memoirs at a late age. The author reflects on the difficulties surrounding local historians, emphasising the importance of primary sources and oral history.

 

Photographs of Master John Stewart; and of the old schoolhouse in Upper Skerry East.
SORLEY BOY MCDONNELL’S DIFFICULTIES AFTER THE BATTLE OF GLEN TAISIE Cahal Dallat

 

Defeat of the McDonnells by Shane O’Neill..Sorley imprisoned ..Shane killed..response of the English…pardon for Sorley Boy with conditions. 2 pages of surnames listed in the document of pardon.
DENNIS MCKILLOP AND JOHN ‘ ARCHIE ‘MCAULEY Malachy Mc Sparran

 

Remembering these two well known local men who died in 2001.

 

Photograph
RED BAY DEFENCES IN WORLD WAR II Bob McMullan

 

Fascinating account of war precautions around the coast; disguised pillboxes; British regiments billeted in local hotel; trenches dug at Waterfoot; sighting of submarine at Layde; local ARP. Wartime files released by PRONI ( 2001) might show why this coast so heavily defended?

 

Map of defensive structures at Red Bay; ARP Handbook.
ADVANCE TO RETREAT Gerard Muldoon

 

History of the various railway schemes in the area from c 1870s to 1940s. The Ballymena Cushendall and Red Bay Railway.  
FROM ALTMORE STREET TO THE HEADLESS CROSS Anthony Mulvenna

 

In Glenarm village, the ancient route to Carrickfergus. Famous people who lived on the street ; first official GAA club; the Giants Grave; spring wells; standing stones; Feystown ; churches and graveyards.

 

Photographs of places mentioned in the text.
1690 AND THE MCNEILLS OF CLARE CASTLE D J McGill

 

A time of great change, advancing Williamite forces, Clare Castle, estates changing hands.

 

Some lines copied from original estate papers; the family crests of McNeale and Boyd

 

The Glynns Volume 31 (2003)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 31

THE SOCIETY VISIT TO COUNTY DONEGAL 2002 Harry Hume

Account of society’s outing to Donegal, including stops in Lifford, Letterkenny, Glenveagh, Carrigart & Greencastle.

 
‘REFLECTIONS IN BALLYCASTLE’ Frank Rogers

 

Poem.  
NEELB LIBRARY SERVICE Yvonne Hirst

 

This article examines the resources available in the Local Studies Service in the NEELB.

 

 

Photographs of the Irish Room  in Coleraine Library & The McSkimin Room in Carrickfergus Library.
THE SINKING OF THE DRAKE 

 

 

Frank Rogers In 1917, the armoured cruiser the ‘Drake’ was torpedoed by a German submarine off Rathlin Island; full account of the episode and follow-up stories. Photographs, maps & drawings.
AN EARLY 18TH CENTURY ATTEMPT TO ESTABLISH PRESBYTERIANISM IN LAYDE AND CUSHENDALL S.Alex Blair

 

Account of the Rev John Stewart , who attempted to minister at Layde and Cushendall from 1707 till his death in 1719.  
A CHANCE MEETING 

 

John O’Loan Describes meeting a stranger in Italy who,as a submariner in WWII,sailed up and down the Antrim coast.  
THE ROAD MENDER

 

RETROSPECT

 

Annabelle Fisher Two pieces of reminiscence; of people and places around Red Bay; first cars; turf cutting; Kitcheners Army.  
MARCONI AND BALLYCASTLE Hugh Alexander Boyd

 

Text of a lecture given at Ballycastle’s Civic Week in 1968; early wireless experiments in Ballycastle.

 

Footnotes by D J McGill
HUGH BOYD’S ROLE IN THE INDUSTRIALIZATION OF BALLYCASTLE DJ McGill

 

18th century collieries; the building of the harbour.  
THE REV ROBERT STEWART OF TULLYBANE AND BROUGHSHANE  (1783 – 1852)

 

Eull Dunlop Anniversary observations of this formidable Presbyterian Minister of Broughshane; account of his early life and ministry (see also Vol. 30)

 

Portrait of the subject; Photograph of Henry Cooke; Photograph of the house at Clough; Photograph of the author with  Stewart family members.
THE POET FROM ARMOY

 

Harry Hume In Volume 30 ‘The Civil Parish of Loughgiel’ included a poem ‘Lovely Loughgiel’ which went uncredited It was in fact by Tom Kinney of Armoy.  Another of his poems entitled ‘Yesterdays Ploughman’ is published here.  
GB NEWE Stephen Corr

 

An account of his life and achievements; political career.  
GB NEWE AND THE GLENS Harry Hume

 

Extracts from the periodical ‘The Glensman’ to which GB Newe contributed.  
The Glynns Volume 32 (2004)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 32

A BRIEF INTERIM ACCOUNT OF EXCAVATIONS AT DRUMADOON CO. ANTRIM 2003 Cormac McSparran & Brian Williams

 

Account of excavations carried out by archaeologists from the Environment and Heritage Service and Queens University. The site was a variation on a rath or ringfort; phases of occupation from early Christian to early 14th century. Important finds – bell shrine (see next article) coins and pottery.

 

Photographs showing ongoing excavations.
DRUMADOON BELL SHRINE Pat Dennis (Carnanmore Historical Group)

 

Description of this important find; the historical background; speculations on the reasons for its being hidden or abandoned.  
GLENARIFFE HURLING IN EARLIER YEARS Charlie McAllister

 

Account of the founding of  Ossians G.A.C  

 

Photograph of The Ossians Glenariffe 1935
FEIS NA NGLEANN 1908 – 2004 Padraic O’Cleireachain

 

Background – 19th century Gaelic Revival; formation of the GAA….meeting in Cushendall 1904 – decision to hold a Feis. Role of Eoin McNeill, Roger Casement, Cathal O’Byrne, Joseph Biggar.  History of Feisanna to the present day.

 

Photographs:

Four Members of the 1904 committee including Francis Joseph Biggar, Roger Casement & 2 unnamed women possibly Miss Ada Mc Neill & Miss Margaret Dobbs;

Photograph of Hurling Trophy The Shield of the Heroes ; portrait of Rose Young, Glenarm Castle (1904 Committee)

‘MY SWEET GLENARIFFE HOME’ Eugene McGaughey

 

Poem  
DOCUMENTING WARTIME BALLYCASTLE ? SOME BASIC QUESTIONS FOR A LOCAL PROJECT Eull Dunlop

 

  Reproduction of a wartime poster – air raid precautions in Ballycastle

Using this poster as a starting point for speculations about conditions in wartime Ballycastle.

Photograph of sea front Ballycastle early 20th century; Marine Parade Ballycastle.

A FIRST REACTION FROM BALLYCASTLE

 

Graham Gault Commenting on the last article; details of some of the people listed as Wardens. Photograph of McCambridge’s shop Ballycastle
LISTING ROUTE PRESBYTERIANISM IN 1954 : ‘ADVANCE NOTICE FOR THOSE SEEKING ANCESTORS IN BALLYCASTLE AND POINTS SOUTH IN 2004’ Eull Dunlop

 

The Year Book of the Route Presbytery for 1954; used as a resource for local historians containing surnames, genealogy etc.

 

Photograph of Ballycastle Presbyterian Meeting House c 1894
‘LAYDE OLD CHURCH’ Ita McMichael

 

Poem

 

Photograph of the old Church
OUR GROCERY STORE Annabelle Fisher

 

Reminiscence of local Grocery shop in Cushendall and the two brothers who owned it.  
‘SPRING RAVAGE’ Anne. T. McCormick

 

Poem about the foot and mouth epidemic.  
HARVEST OF 2003 Malachy McSparran

 

Changes in farming practices since the 60s; the author grows two fields of oats as an experiment.

 

Photograph of men working with a restored binder.
THE REVEREND ROBERT ACHESON, PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER AND LEADER OF THE GLENARM UNITED IRISHMEN S Alex Blair

 

Minister, rebel, teacher and doctor; the life and career of Robert Acheson; the ’98 rebellion, the Battle of Antrim.

 

Photograph of Glenarm Old Presbyterian Church; decal of the United Irishmen; contemporary drawing of the Battle of Antrim.
THE CAREER OF RANDAL ARRANGH 1ST EARL OF ANTRIM Hector McDonnell

 

Account of the 1st Earl, successfully making the transition from clan chieftain to modernising landowner; many of the Glens towns and settlements are due to his development schemes.  
IN THE DARK ABOUT OLD BALLYCASTLE LIGHTING Gerard Muldoon

 

The story of gas production in Ballycastle; its heyday and gradual decline.

 

Chart & two small street maps.
CONSTRUCTION OF BOYDS 18TH CENTURY HARBOUR AT BALLYCASTLE  DJ McGill

 

Account of the difficulties faced by Hugh Boyd in the construction of the Harbour.

 

Two explanatory drawings.
THE LADY PIPER OF CARNLOUGH : NETTA JANE NICHOLL JOHNSTONE 1897 – 1953 Wilbert Garvin

 

Short account of her life & work.  
PLACE NAMES AND TOPOGRAPHY

 

Dominic O’Loan

 

The importance of topography and local tradition in establishing the meaning of place names from the Irish. Three examples given : Cargan; Croc-na-Hai ; Lignamonagh.  
      6 Photographs, (4 in colour): farm work at Monavert; deserted clachan at Knockban; Garron Tower; saving the oats on McSparrans farm (see article ‘Harvest of 2003’ this volume); Society members in the Taoiseach’s office in Dublin; Skeagh Bridge.
OUR DISAPPEARING PLACE NAMES Felix Mc Killop

 

A plea to record now the rapidly disappearing names of townlands, fields, topographical features etc.before the older generation dies, and things are forgotten.  
A FAMOUS GLENS TEACHER Submitted by Seamus Hannigan

(FROM AN ARTICLE IN THE IRISH NEWS BY GB NEWE)

 

The 19th century teacher George Doran; taught in private schools..appointed to the National Education Board; taught navigation – his pupil Capt. Charles McDonnell. Introduced the first correspondence course.  
“ALL FALLDOWN“ Robert Hume

 

Poem;

Dunluce Castle in 1639, when the kitchen falls into the sea.

 
GLENS OF ANTRIM AONB

(AREA OF OUTSTANDING NATIONAL BIRDS!)

Joe McKavanagh

 

Birds to be seen in the Glens ; their habitat; Rathlin as a paradise for bird watchers; disappearing species.  
‘TIEVEBULLIAGH’ Ita McMichael

 

Poem  
The Glynns Volume 33 (2005)

 

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 33

WILLIAM.S.ARMOUR  FOUNDER OF THE YOUNG FARMERS CLUBS OF ULSTER. S.Alex Blair

 

Started YFC modelled on the Danish Folk High School Movement. Photograph of 3 young farmers shearing sheep at Cargan
SEA FARING : A GLENS TRADITION Captain Gerry Blaney (Rtd.)

 

 

The tradition of seafaring in the Glens from the mid 19th century Wartime memories; list of men from the area who went to sea before , during and after WW11.

 

Photographs of the author and family & the ship ‘Wahine’ aground in the Arafura Sea
THE STRONGMAN OF BALLYVOY Lawrence McHenry

 

Short account of Charlie Davidson, local character from Ballyvoy.

 

Photograph of John. L. Sullivan World Boxing Champion & friend of Charlie’s.
SAVING THE CUSTOM’S HOUSE PLAQUE Anthony McKinley

 

After the bombing of the Marine Hotel in Ballycastle the author and friends  rescue a plaque from the Old Custom House dated 1731.

 

Photographs of the demolition & rescue; photograph of Ballycastle harbour.
THE DISPENSARY DOCTOR Dr Tony Redmond

 

History of medicine in the 19th century; the Poor Law and cottage hospitals; folk cures and modern practices.

 

Photographs : Cottage Hospital in Ballymena; painting ‘The Doctor’ by Luke Fildes; the old Dispensary Ballymena; a government leaflet about National Insurance scheme
THE NORTHERN IRELAND FILM AND TELEVISION COMMISSION’S DIGITAL FILM ARCHIVE Maebh McCaffrey

 

The Northern Ireland collection of early film & television. The importance of conservation and access.

 

 
A GLENSMAN’S JOURNEY AROUND THE FALKLAND ISLANDS Patrick MacNeill

 

Author’s account of his time in the Merchant Navy;including a trip to the Falklands; with descriptions of the wildlife and people.

 

Photographs: sunset over the Islands & a bird colony
JOHN WESLEY IN GLENSHESK: A METHODIST COINCIDENCE RECORDED Dr Eull Dunlop

 

Wesley visited Ireland 21 times between 1747 and 1789.He was familiar with Ballymoney, Ballymena, Larne and Gracehill, and preached in Armoy in 1789.

 

Portrait of Wesley; photograph of Armoy round tower
THE MCGREERS FROM GLENAAN IN CO. ANTRIM Dan McGreer

 

Detailed history of the family, from 16th century Scotland to the present day.

 

Photograph of family gravestone at Layde graveyard; drawing of a ship by the author; old picture of the Port of Coleraine
SEAMUS CLARKE HISTORIAN OF THE GLENS Padraig O’Baoighill

 

Publican of Ballycastle, Born Murlough 1914.  His interest in local history & culture; his involvement with Feis NaGleann along with Casement, Biggar, Margaret Dobbs etc.

 

3 Photographs: ruins of Glenshesk school; Dan Darragh’s headstone in Ballycastle graveyard; Lough Na Cranagh,Fair Head.
ROBERT MCELHERAN (1852-1910) FROM GLENDUN TO GREENPOINT BROOKLYN Deirdre Roberts

 

The author’s story of her great-grandfather, born in Straid; his emigration and career in America.

 

4 Photographs: Brooklyn Suspension Bridge 1883; ruins at Straid; Susannah McElheran 1930s; Brooklyn Bridge and remains of docks 2004.
HEARING  ‘BAB MCKEEN’ AGAIN : ISSUES IN RURAL SPEECH 

 

Dr Eull Dunlop

 

The first publication (2002) of the Ulster Scots Society was ‘Bab McKeen -The Wit and Wisdom of an Ulster Scot’; the author examines the language and discusses its implications for the future.  
BROUGHSHANE HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S VISIT TO GLENRAVEL Dominic O’Loan Account of the visit.  
THE JOURNAL OF WILLIAM BISSET AUGUST 1799

 

 

The Very Rev. Dr. Godfrey Brown

 

William Bisset, his early life and career.  
THE JOUNAL OF A SHORT TRIP

 

The Very Rev. Dr. Godfrey Brown Account of Bisset’s travels through the Glens in 1799. Now published in book form by the Society.

 

Portrait of William Bisset by Sir Thomas Lawrence
ULSTER SCOTS REVIVAL AND LITERARY HISTORY Ivan  Herbison QUB

 

History of the Ulster-Scots  language in the 17th century; changes and Anglicisation; vernacular revivals in the 18th century. Now in the 20th century used as a marker of cultural identity.The importance of linguistic diversity.  
SEASIDE IMAGERY’ Ita McMichael Poem  
THE BALLYCASTLE AND CUSHENDALL TOY MAKING INDUSTRIES 1901 -1914 Joseph Mc Brinn
U.U
History of both these local craft industries; their importance to the local economies; their place in larger national and international craft revivals; reasons for their decline.

 

Reproduction of 2 advertising posters; Photographs of Andreas Lang, German craftsman; Toy cottage set with figures
The Glynns Volume 34 (2006)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 34

EXPLORING PRESBYTERIANISM EAST OF BALLYMENA. Dr Eull Dunlop

 

Account of a field trip taken by the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland, round Ballymena, Clough, Broughshane & Slemish. Reproduction of order of service- Bicententery Commemmoration 1945 Ballymena; coloured Photograph of stained glass window in Clough Presbyterian Church; Photograph of Cushendall Presbyterian Church.
THE ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT IN ANTRIM

 

Joseph McBrinn Background; Ruskin, Morris et al in 19th century; the establishment in 1894 of the Arts and Crafts Society in Ireland, in Dublin; Celtic Revivalism; Joseph Biggar , and the importance of Feis na Gleann as a showcase for local crafts; the Cushendall and Ballymena Toy making.

 

Reproduction of membership card of the Socialist League; Photograph of William Morris; Rosamund Praegar’s ‘Finola’
‘HALLOWED PLACE’ Anne McCormick Poem  
SET IN STONE ? Danny Morgan

 

Exploring some stone carvings and features around Ballycastle, the 17th century inscription in the grounds of Holy Trinity,Ramoan church and graveyard, the McCarroll inscription; the Indian carving in Quay Road; the industrial chimney in Mary Street.

 

Photograph of chimney and house in Park Manor
KODACHROME DAYS Anne-Marie Fyfe Poem  
DANIEL DARRAGH : PATRIOT FROM N. ANTRIM (1836- 1870)

 

Dr Padraig O Baoighill

 

 

Teacher in Cushendun and Glenshesk around 1860; Darragh was local leader of the IRB; Belfast and Manchester; life imprisonment , died in Millbank, and buried in Ballycastle.

 

Photograph of ruins of Glenshesk school
‘CELTIC SPIRITUALITY’
Ita McMichael Poem  
SCAWT HILL Paul Tempan

 

Walking from Larne to Glenarm over Scawt Hill; description, topography,ritual enclosures, standing stones.

 

Colour Photograph of Scawt Hill; Photograph of standing stones
MCMICHAEL’S MEDICAL HALL (1906 – 1982) Ita McMichael

 

Account of the author’s family connections to the Pharmacy in Ballycastle; dispensing; old remedies; the importance of dispensaries before the National Health scheme.  
A TRIBUTE TO MRS A A K LEWIS.   Long time resident of Cushendall who arrived in 1930 as wife to the then Bank manager; involved in the Hospital Management Committee, the Golf Club, the local Church of Ireland. Photograph of her gravestone
THE PROPOSED LARNE TO PARKMORE LIGHT RAILWAY Kevin O’Hagan

 

 

For shipping of iron ore and for tourist use; detailed account of the proposals, costs, engineering, difficulties etc. 2 Photographs of Larne c 1900 ; 2 small maps.
PEOPLE AND PLACES AROUND OLD BALLYCASTLE 

 

D J McGill Examining 18th century Estate Papers, building up a picture of Ballycastle as it then was.

 

2 Photographs: The Boyd Arms; Harriets Lane
‘NO EASY WAY OUT’ Peter Wynton Poem  
PADDY THE PIGEON NPS-43-9451 Elizabeth Hoy

 

Touching story of a WWII carrier pigeon bred in Carnlough; made the fastest Channel crossing during the Normandy landings, and was awarded the Dicken Medal.

 

2 Photographs: of Paddy & of the Medal.
CELEBRATING LOCAL HISTORY 2006 Yvonne Hirst

 

The Library and Information Services Council; its work this year delivering local history resources and services.  
SEA ANGLING ALONG THE ANTRIM COAST IN BYGONE DAYS Robert McMullan

 

The history of angling in the area; anecdotes of places and people associated with local fishing.  
MASTER JOHN JAMES STEWART (1897 – 1966) OF NEWTOWMCROMMELIN AND MONEYREA : A 40TH ANNIVERSARY NOTE Dr Eull Dunlop

 

Biography; principal of Richard Lyttle Memorial School in Moneyrea; elder of the Presbyterian Church in Granshaw.

 

Photograph of Newtowncrommelin Church
FATHER JOHN FITZSIMMONS(1806-1869)    Short account of the life of this priest who served in what was then Layde and Ardclinis Parish (1837). He oversaw the completion of the churches in Cushendall and the Bay at Glenariffe.  
THE MCCAMBRIDGES OF CARNASHEERAN Malachy McSparran

 

The author traces this family from Kintyre in the 17th century to the present day,establishing possible links with his own family.  
EMIGRANTS AND EXILES ADD TOTHE RICH HISTORY OF THE PAST

 

Dr David Hume Short tribute to various successful emigrants from The Glens of Antrim: William Coulter, maritime painter; William Calwell, builder; John Neilson, architect and rebel in ’98; Rev John Glendy,Presbyterian minister forced to flee after the ’98; Andrew Jackson,President of USA.  
A WEE DROP OF SUSTENANCE AT THE TOP OF THE GLEN  S. Alex Blair

 

Extract from poem by John Hewitt – ‘Glenariffe and Parkmore’ – describing the bleak landscape in winter: then the story of the shepherd who kept a still at Parkmore,and would dispense a drop of poteen to travellers from Cushendall to Ballymena.  
‘THE PEACE OF CORRYMEELA’ Peter Wynton Poem  
RUNDALE AND RUNRIG : IRISH AND SCOTTISH TENANT FARMING

Lecture given in Ballycastle (2005)

Dr Jonathon Bell

 

 

Explaining this farming system and how it operated in marginal land; the Scottish connection, Donegal and the West of Ireland; historical and geographical evidence. 2 drawings: a typical rundale settlement, and Ballygill clachan on Rathlin : Photograph of James Gillan of Losset on a Cushendall pony
40TH ANNIVERSARY ADDRESS TO THE GLENS OF ANTRIM HISTORICAL SOCIETY (2006) S. Alex Blair

 

On the subject of ‘ceilidhing’ & ‘good-neighbourliness’ as exemplified in the traditions of the Glens.  
BALLYCASTLE COASTGUARD STATION Denis Mayne

 

History of the building, mid 19th century; its plan and design.

 

Drawing of the site 1867
HISTORIC DIARY RETURNS TO N.IRELAND

 

Very Rev. Dr. Godfrey Brown The Bisset Diary  (published by the Society), presented to Derry and Raphoe Dioscesan Library at a small ceremony in Magee College Derry.  

 

The Glynns Volume 35 (2007)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 35

THE PORT OF CUSHENDUN: TRADE AND SMUGGLING TO AND FROM KINTYRE. Deirdre Roberts

 

The History of Cushendun port ,from the mid 16th century when James McDonnell landed in Cushendun to assist Sorley Boy; trade through the 17th century; ferries in both directions; smuggling in the 18th century.

 

Photograph of Coastguard buildings Cushendun; small map of Ulster/ Kintyre; reproduction of lines from Kintyre District Roads Trustees 1801.
PLACENAMES IN CUSHENDUN PARISH

 

Dr Colin Parmar The different spellings of various placenames including Layde & Inispollan; their interpretation from Irish.  
GLENAAN, ITS PEOPLES AND CUSTOMS Felix McKillop

 

Tracing the history of Glenaan from earliest settlers in the Stone Age, through to the coming of Christianity, the Vikings, Anglo-Norman invasion, English and Scottish planters. Mention of some of the old customs.  
ALL THAT REMAINS Anne McCormick Poem   
THE MCKEEGANS OF GLENAAN Timothy J Murphy

 

Tracing the family name back to Scotland through the 16th and 17th centuries.  
THE OLD CHURCH SPEAKS (TO THOSE WHO ARE LISTENING)

 

Neill Hall Poem  
CUSHENDUN OLD CHURCH Kerry Goyer

 

History of the Church; construction in 1838; historical and religious background; the restoration project.

 

Sketch of the church exterior; Photographs of the interior/ exterior of the church & the ‘Restoration Village’ group.
AN INSIGHT INTO SLAVE OWNERSHIP FROM 18TH CENTURY DOCUMENTS DJ McGill

 

Examining 18th century wills and letters; slave ownership, plantations; the Boyd family mentioned – connections to the Boyds of Ballycastle.

 

Reproduction of a land deed showing list of slaves.
SOME PHRASES OF RATHLIN ISLAND IRISH Ciaran Dunbar

 

Examining the specific dialect of Rathlin,using recordings made in 1979 with the last native speaker, Mrs Bella McKenna; seeing links with Scots Gaelic and Manx Gaelic in its pronunciation.  
THE IRISH LANDMARK TRUST Caroline Crawley

 

The work of the Landmark Trust in rescuing and restoring historic buildings, from lighthouses to gate lodges, and converting them to holiday accommodation; generating income and stimulating local economies.

 

Photographs of Trust properties including Wicklow Head Lighthouse; Clomantagh Castle Kilkenny; Gate Lodge at Colebrook Park Fermanagh; Glenarm Gate Lodge;
THE EXCAVATION AT THE LAGG Frances Bach

 

Account by the present Rector, of an archeological dig at St. Patricks Church Armoy in 2000 -2003. Discovery of original monastery; bronze and pottery finds; jewellery factory; 1000 yr old preserved nuts and seeds. Great public interest, local talks, BBC ‘Earthworks’ programme.

 

Photograph of St. Patricks Church Armoy
BALLYCASTLE COLLIERIES AND SALT WORKS LEASES (1720 –1735) DJ McGill

 

Investigation of the 18th century leases; the proposals, and the people involved.

 

Drawing of typical salt works of this period
IN CENTENARY PURSUIT OF DR. DAVID BUICK (1842 -1907) OF SANDY BAY,LARNE : 20 YEARS AFTER THE PUBLICATION OF ‘BUICKS AHOGHILL’ IN 1987. GLIMPSES OF ITS POSSIBLE COMPILER (1901) AND OTHER EAST ANTRIM PRESBYTERIAN CONNECTIONS

 

Dr Eull Dunlop

 

Identifying some influential middle-class Presbyterians in the area in the 19th century.

 

Photograph of Mr & Mrs Buick; 2 memorial windows; Cairncastle and Cushendall Presbyterian Churches.
The Glynns Volume 36 (2008)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 36

KILMORE PRIMARY SCHOOL Robert Sharpe

 

Background to primary education prior to 1830; Kildare Place Society; hedge schools; new National Schools. Kilmore Primary School est. (1835). Principals and teachers through to closure in 1967.  
OLD BOOKS AND OLD MAPS OF BALLYCASTLE AND THE COLLIERIES DJ McGill

 

Looking at maps from the Antrim Estate, Ordnance Survey, and late 18th century maps,for an exhibition in 2007. Details of the placement of the collieries, location of piers, buildings etc.

 

5 reproductions of 18th century maps
PADDY JOE MCERLAIN (1894 – 1997 ) MONUMENTAL SCULPTOR

 

Felix McKillop Transcript of first person account of his life and career.

 

Photograph of Paddy Joe McErlain & nephew Tom.
DR. JAMES WALSH DAVIDSON Dr Eull Dunlop

 

The North Antrim connections of this Presbyterian teacher in Dervock.

 

Photograph of Ramoan Church Ballycastle
AGRICULTURAL CENSUS,CO. ANTRIM 1803 , CULFEIGHTRIN PARISH Harry Doyle

 

Fearing invasion by the French in 1803, the authorities carried out inventories of men, livestock, provisions and equipment.  This one, of Culfeightrin parish, lists the townlands, families, and their worldly goods.  
HOW AN EMIGRANT, JOHN MCAULEY FROM BALLYCASTLE, ESTABLISHED HIMSELF IN 18TH CENTURY SPAIN Samuel Fannin

 

Background to emigration to the Continent; religious persecution, political advancement, commercial development. Examining the bureaucracy surrounding emigration to Spain,through the papers of John McAuley.

 

Reproduction of application form; period drawing of fishing boats in Bilbao
THE IRISH LANDMARK TRUST Caroline Crowley

 

An update on the Trust’s work of preserving historic buildings. Popularity of the gatelodge at Glenarm; plans to preserve the gatelodge at Magherintemple House – home of the Casements.

 

Photograph of the Barbican at Glenarm; Photographs of Magherintemple House
IN THE LIGHTHOUSE SERVICE: AN O’DONNELL FAMILY TRADITION SINCE 1867 Patrick Joseph O’Donnell

 

Five generations of this family in the Lighthouse Service. Account of life in a lighthouse, its duties and dangers. The coming of electricity and eventual automation.

 

Photograph of Dundalk Pile Light; model yacht racing; photos of the family and family tree.Cover Photograph of East & West Lighthouses Rathlin.
SURVIVNG HOUSES OF THE BOYD ESTATE DJ McGill

 

Lesser known 18th century houses in and around Ballycastle connected to the Boyd Estate; Drumawillan House; Chatham Hall; Ballykenver; Ballylig.

 

Photographs of the houses mentioned, plus some details of plasterwork including fireplaces & balustrades.
FROM MULLARTS TO MAY STREET Dr Eull Dunlop

 

Henry Cooke, Robert Stewart and others; 19th century Presbyterian activism in the Glens of Antrim and elsewhere.

 

Portraits of both men; memorial to Stewart
FOLK SONGS IN THE GLENS OF ANTRIM John Paddy Browne

 

The Folk revival in the early 60s; UTV makes a short film in the Glens about traditional song; Rose Emerson, Archie McKeegan, Dan McGonnell.

 

Photographs: the author with Archie McKeegan; Rose Emerson with camera crew; broadsheet of ‘The Banks of Newfoundland’.
BALLYCASTLE GOLF CLUB: THE EARLY YEARS Michael Page

 

Founded in 1890, history of the early years.

 

Photographs: Kathleen Boyd; Capt.John Casement; William Woodside; the Duke of Abercorn; Commander Causton with others; Roger Casement and others; the Club House; the Sports on the Warren.
OBITUARY: DR CAHAL DALLAT Harry Hume    

 

  The Glynns Volume 37 (2009)

 

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 37

ROAD  NAMES OF MOYLE DISTRICT COUNCIL Paul Tempan

 

The Northern Ireland Place names Project (2005); to provide Irish language forms for place names and postal addresses.  
BALLYCASTLE WORKHOUSE: THE EARLY YEARS

 

Frank Rogers Opened in 1843, historical background and description of the buildings; first inmates and daily routines; the Famine period; short lived attempt to send female inmates to the Australian Colonies; a poignant account of the life of one inmate during that period.

 

O.S map of the area 1909; Photograph George Williamson; plan of Dunfanaghy Workhouse; typical layout; the O’Connor monument; table of inmates in 1847; plaque at Crockatinney in the Paupers Graveyard.
THE LONG-LINE FISHERMAN IDENTIFIED James McQuilken

 

The 19th century photographer Robert Welch, known for his pictures of working men and their gear; his photo of a Rathlin fisherman now identified as Joseph Brown, who was also a champion rower in the Portrush Regatta in 1872.

 

Reproduction of the Robert Welch Photograph; Photograph of Joseph Brown in later life.
STRANGE BEHAVIOURS : A HISTORY OF NATURALISTS AND NATURE STUDIES IN THE GLENS OF ANTRIM Philip.S Watson

 

Exploring the Glens from earliest times; Richard Dobbs; 20th century naturalists, Welch, Praeger et al; the work of the RNIB; the designation of the Glens as an AONB and ASSI.  
LONG FORGOTTEN GAELIC SONGS OF RATHLIN AND THE GLENS Sorcha Nic Lochlainn

 

Collecting folksongs; Bunting in the 18th century; Eoin MacNeill; James Hamilton Delargy and others in the 19th century; the Irish and Scots Gaelic tradition especially on Rathlin.  
SOME BYWAYS IN THE SEARCH FOR JOHN SAYERS R.N. Jean Ludlow

 

The authors search for the records of her great-great-great grandfather in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Finds connections to Glenarm, the Lutine Bell, Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton, Wolfe Tone and the ’98.

 

Photograph of St. Patrick’s Church Glenarm; the Tory Island Medallion; the Foudroyant Medallion
ULSTER SCOTS IN THE GLENS Brian MacLochlainn

 

Comprehensive overview of the dialect heard in the Glens.Origins of English and its dialects; the Makars; influence of the Reformation and the Union with England; the Kailyard School; modern Ulster Scots and ‘Ullans’.  
ERECTION OF PLAQUE DEDICATED TO HUMBERT CRAIG Harry Hume

 

The erection of a Blue Plaque to the painter Humbert Craig at his cottage in Cushendun.

 

Photograph of group outside Craig’s Tornamona Cottage
The Glynns Volume 38 (2010)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 38

AN ARTIST APART  A PORTRAIT OF CHARLES MCAULEY Desima Connolly

 

The life and work of the Glens’ most celebrated artist; written by his granddaughter. Cover detail. Charlie McAuley self portrait.
PHOTOGRAPHING THE PRESENT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS Niall McCaughan

 

The importance of images from the past & the need to record the lives of local people now, for future generations.

 

Photographs: the McCaughan family with horse and cart 1922; Kevin McCaughan branding sheep 1980s; family collecting wool bales 1980s; Easter Egg rolling Glenshesk 2009; Glenshesk Bridge 2008.
MUSKETS ON THE SABBATH: LESSONS FROM LOCAL HISTORY Dr David Hume

 

Ballycarry and its role in the ’98 Rebellion; William Nelson, James Orr; the role of Presbyterians; the Independent Orange Order.  
WILLIAM ARTHUR (1819 – 1901): SON OF GLENDUN Dr Eull Dunlop

 

 

Exploring the life and works of this 19th century Presbyterian minister who may have been born in Glendun. Photograph of William Arthur
‘SPARABLES AND TWO-SCOOP CAPS’ MEMORIES OF TESSIE O’NEILL (NEE MCILHATTON) 1914 – 1930s Helen McAlister

 

Background of the McIlhattons, shoemakers; the memories of Tessie O’Neill growing up in Skerry East, going into service, marriage & children.  
THE GLENARM SALTWORKS Charles Ludlow

 

Account of the setting up of the saltworks in Glenarm in the early 1700s; using coal from Ballycastle;the salt taxes; closure in 1859.  
ONE MAN AND HIS DOG   The life and times of Jimmy McVeigh, born 1931 in Ballycastle; coalminer in Doncaster; hurling champion; coalminer in Craigfad Mine.

 

5 Photographs: McVeigh brothers; All Ireland Hurling 1959; entrance to Craigfad Mine; Jimmy McVeigh and others at the Mine
DAILY LIFE IN THE BALLYCASTLE WORKHOUSE Deirdre Roberts

 

Brief background, referencing article in Volume 37 by Frank Rogers. Extracts from the Master’s Journal and the Minutes of the Board of Governors 1891– 1904  
CLOUGH UNITED IRISHMEN EXECUTED IN AUSTRALIA Harry Hume

 

Story of the author’s ancestor; deported to NSW for his part in the ’98 Rebellion; in 1804 a rebellion crushed, and Samuel Hume executed. Called now the ‘Battle of Vinegar Hill’, it was the first armed conflict between Euopeans on Australian soil; a commemorative plaque erected.

 

Contemporary painting of the battle; 2 Photographs of the commemorative site.
SCAWT HILL Felix McKillop

 

At Cairncastle, the hill overlooks the scene of a brutal killing during the 1641 rebellion, is the site of the discovery of Scawtite, a rare mineral & in 1869 a local shepherd fell to his death from the summit.

 

2 colour Photographs: of Scawt Hill and the Old Road.
LURIGEADAN:THE RIDGE OF THE FACE OR BROW Dominic O’Loan

 

Extensive promontory fort on the summit – late Bronze Age through to the Iron Age; centre of trading and defence, and possibly of religious ceremonies.

Gaelic names associated with the mountain; Finn McCool in the ‘Lig na Bhfiann’ ; Dunclamorna – Clan Morna one of two clans contributing warriors to the Fianna; Lignatober – hollow of the well.

3 colour Photographs of the mountain.
KNOCKLAYD

 

Eileen McAuley Overlooking Glenshesk and Glentaisie; Knocklayd was the scene of battle between the McDonnells and Shane O’Neill 1565; account of the battle and subsequent history; death of Shane O’Neill at Castle Carra

 

3 colour Photographs of Knocklayd; map of O’Neill’s route; painting of O’Neill at the court of Queen Elizabeth.
TIEVEBULLIAGH Dominic O’Loan

 

Origins of the name; one alternative to ‘the hill of the booleying’ is the ‘Hillside of the Hammering’ which would tie in with the presence of a Stone Age axe factory.

 

3 colour Photographs ; Tievebulliagh; stone fragments; rough axe head.
SET IN STONE : PART 2 Danny Morgan

 

Following on from Volume 34;further details of interesting stones. 16th century O’Carroll gravestone in Ramoan; broken sculpture of an Indian River God , now in Ballycastle museum; mosaic floor in Ramsays Pharmacy in Ann Street ( now removed); the ‘Charles Gray’ plaque 1740; hollow stone and gravemarker in Bonamargy; Alexander McDonnell headstone, and remains of O’Scally headstone, both Bonamargy.

 

Photographs of all the artefacts mentioned with the exception of the O’Carroll stone.
HISTORICAL DISCOVERIES IN BALLYCASTLE Danny McGill

 

New archaeological discoveries; the ‘Castle’ of Ballycastle; 16th century stone well; possible remains of a Norman motte on the site of Holy Trinity Church.

 

Photographs and illustrations of each feature.
HOW ‘ BEN WELLERORIE’ BECAME AGNEW’S HILL Paul Tempan

 

Looking at Mercator’s map of the area in mid 16th century; identifying Agnew’s Hill , and name changes through the centuries.  
The Glynns Volume 39 (2011)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 39

BACK TO THE GLENS : A MCKAY ODYSSEY Alexander McKay

 

 

The author’s attempt to piece together his family history; connections to Glenarm and Carnlough. Photographs : from the early 20th century; gravestone inscriptions.
DAVIS BOYD’S ‘GHOST HOUSE’ & COLONEL HUGH BOYD’S ‘GREAT ROAD’ David J McGill

 

Exploring old maps, in search of Ballycastle’s industrial heritage.

 

3 maps 18th and 19th centuries; 3 photos of vanished landmarks.
OUR MAN IN THE VATICAN Martin O’Brien

 

Transcript of lecture November 2010. The making of a TV documentary series – ‘ Our Man In The Vatican’ and the sequel ‘Our Man In The Vatican- The Papal Visit’.

 

2 Photographs of the author & the director of the series; with the Ambassador.
AS OTHERS SEE US : TRAVEL WRITERS IN IRELAND Frank Rogers

 

Accounts of Ireland from the earliest times; Ptolomy, Tacitus, Patrick; through the 8th to 12th centuries; Elizabethan accounts; Samuel Johnson; De La Tocnaye; 19th century figures such as Thackeray; to the present day, Masefield, H V morton, Padraic Colum.

 

Illustrations : Ptolomy’s map of Ireland; ‘An Irish Feast’ (Elizabethan); 3 19th century cartoons.
DAVAAR : AN ISLAND WITH A DIFFERENCE Mavis Gulliver

 

Small tidal island in the mouth of Campbeltown Loch; part of the Kingdom of Dalriada,familiar to the McDonnells as they travelled between their territories.

 

Colour Photographs of the island
THE UNMISTAKEABLE HUMP : SLEMISH AND OTHER POWERFUL PLACES Dennis Kennedy

 

Lecture to the Society October 2010. Exploring the sense of place, in poetry, prose, and personal recollections.  
A SERENDIPITOUS CHURCHILLIAN ENCOUNTER IN BROUGHSHANE Dr Tony Redmond

 

Account of a local man’s grandfather, and his involvement in Winston Churchill’s military career in the Boer War.

 

Photograph of memorial
NAPOLEON’S MARSHAL IN CO. ANTRIM, JULY 1825 Alaisdair Roberts

 

Napoleon’s Marshal – a McDonald- looking for his roots in South Uist. First hand account of his travels across to N. Antrim, through Cushendall and Glenarm.

 

 
DETERMINED SURVIVORS : THE EARLS OF ANTRIM 1870 – 1921 Dr Olwen Purdue

 

Through crop failures, famine, agricultural depression; rent reductions, compulsory land purchases : how the Earls of Antrim managed, by careful economic investment and planned land sales, to retain ownership of their estates from the 14th century to the present day.  
CUSHENDALL IN THE 1930s Alex Thompson

 

A look at Cushendall in the 30s; tourism, facilities, agriculture etc.  
The Glynns Volume 40 (2012)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 40

THE REVEREND JOHN SAMUEL BEWLEY MONSELL LLD, CLERGYMAN AND HYMNWRITER Very Rev Dr A W Godfrey Brown.

 

Account of the life of this clergyman, born in Derry, and briefly Rector of Ramoan Church.

 

Portrait of Monsell
GROWING UP ON A GLENS FARM 90 YEARS AGO Compiled by Dominic O ‘Loan

 

The diary of Annie McKillop (nee Smith), 1920 – 2011. Account of life on a typical Glens farm almost 100 years ago.To be continued in next volume.

 

6 Photographs : house in Clough where Annie was reared; interior of house; the byre and pig hut,with Mick Quinn; school photo 1929; Annie and others at lint pulling 1935; recent photo of her with friends.
REMEMBERING JAMES BLANEY  10TH JANUARY 1880- 15TH APRIL 1912. FIREMAN, STOKER, TITANIC VICTIM Sean McMichael

 

The life and career of James Blaney, born and reared in Ballycastle, died on board the Titanic.

 

7 colour Photographs of the author viewing artefacts connected to the White Star Line; postcard of the Belfast Naturalists Field Club by Robert Welch.
SET IN STONE  PART 3 THE EGYPTIAN CONNECTION

 

 

Danny Morgan

 

Intriguing old stone cross on the Cushendall Road near Bonamargy, carved with a crozier and a ‘Tau’cross; possible connection with the Egyptian Coptic Church. Piecing together the story of its finding and possible origins.

 

Photograph of the stone; sketch of inscription made in 1815.
BALLYCASTLE’S OWN WARHORSE  ALFRED MCBRIDE WOODSIDE Daniel J McGill

 

His life and career: posted to India 1907; returned to Ireland in 1911. Responsible for buying cavalry horses at the start of WW11.

 

Sketch of soldier on horseback;

Photographs of: a hill station in India; a fine ‘Charger’,a receipt for horse purchases; artillery in the field; Woodside in uniform.

THE BALLYCASTLE GAS COMPANY LTD. 1870-88 Peter Hutchinson

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Short history of the industry,with a  copy of the Minutes of the Directors of the Gas Company  
LOST IN TRANSIT  AN ACCOUNT OF TWO WARTIME AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTS IN THE ANTRIM HILLS Mark Sheldon

 

Account of the two aircraft crashes; one on Slieveanorra in 1942, and another on Knocklayd in 1943.

 

Photograph of a Flying Fortress; the B17 after the crash; route map of the Sutherland; picture of a Sutherland aircraft; Knocklayd Mountain.
WILLIAM ARTHUR’S ‘NATIVE PARISH‘

AN UPDATE?

Dr Eull Dunlop

 

Further account of William Arthur’s life and career, following on from article in volume 38.  
DEATH AT SEA : A GLENSMAN’S TRAGEDY Alexander McKay

 

Alexander McKay, a young seaman, drowned at sea in 1878 during a collision with the SS Adriatic; possible falsification of records by ,or on behalf of,the Captain of the Adriatic.

 

Photographs: Captain McKay’s father; their house in Dunbarton; James McKay outside his pub in Glenarm; Captain McKay and Alice McKay; the SS Adriatic; a brig; postcard from Capt.McKay to his sister; set of ships papers.
THE GLENS OF ANTRIM HISTORICAL SOCIETY Alan Crosby

 

The author writes for the magazine ‘ Who do you think you are?’ and was impressed by the Society’s website and publications. Especially of interest to him was the ‘Clachans ‘ project, and he praises the research and treatment of the project,especially the involvement of the children .He recommends both publications – ‘A Wheen of Things’ and ‘ How it used to be‘ as exemplars of excellence.  

 

The Glynns Volume 41 (2013)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 41

COUNTY ANTRIM HIRING FAIRS Dr. Jonathan Bell A history of hiring fairs in the area dating back to the early 18th Century.  Accounts from some of those hired as servants.   Photograph of Ballymoney Hiring Fair (1906)
CHILDHOOD MEMORIES Maureen Donnelly

 

A fascinating article which describes everyday life in the Glens between the two world wars. Family businesses, farming practices and local traditions are discussed.  Also featured is the late Dan Hyndman. 

 

Photographs include Dan Hyndman’s Cottage (relocated to Cultra). Castlegreen Dance Hall Poster (1970), The McAuley brothers of The Bay with a slipe.

Poems by H. Browne & S.Bell

BLUE PLAQUES IN THE GLENS Frank Rogers & The Ulster History Circle An overview of the Blue Plaque Scheme in The Glens of Antrim which commemorates sites and individuals of special historical significance.  Plaques have been erected to commemorate Guglielmo Marconi, James Humbert Craig, Robert the Bruce and George Shiels, amongst others. Photographs of those mentioned.  
MEMORIES OF THE NARROW GAUGE

 

 

  A history of the Narrow Gauge Railway in Ballycastle from its opening in October 1880 until its closure in 1950.  Anthony McKinley, who  worked on the railway from 1942 -1950, recalls his early days and working life in Ballycastle 

 

Photograph of “Lady Boyd” 0-6-OST locomotive No 3 (1902)
THE GUARDIANS AT BUNAMARGY FRIARY Ignatius Fennessy, OFM

 

A list of Guardians of the Friary beginning in 1690 with Friar Francis McCawly and ending with Friar Bernard Farrell in 1837

 

Photographs of Bunamargy Friary
THE FRANCISCANS IN ANTRIM Pat Conlan, OFM A history of the Franciscans in Ireland with reference to the foundation of Friaries at Carrickfergus (1235), Glenarm (1465) and Bonamargy (1500).   Assorted photographs 
EOIN MACNEILL AND SIR ROGER CASEMENT Clive Scoular

 

An assessment of the roles of two men from the Glens of Antrim and their contribution to the history of Ireland.

 

Portrait photographs
A PLANE CRASH IN GLENSHESK Niall McCaughan

 

An account of the aftermath of the crash of a U.S plane on Duncarbit Mountain in 1941.   Subsequent plane crashes during WWII in the local area are also discussed. Photograph of Duncarbit Mountain
ROISIN  

 

ODE TO BALLYCASTLE’S TOWN TRAIL

anon.

 

D mc Gill

Poetry

 

 
A DROWNING IN BALLYCASTLE Frank Rogers

 

Recalling the death of much loved local priest in 1907 at Pan’s Rocks.

“Blossoms from the Hedgerows”  written in tribute by John ‘Benmore’ Clarke is reprinted. 

Portrait photograph of Fr. James McCann and photographs of the scene of his drowning.

 

   The Glynns Volume 42 (2014)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 42

THE NINE GLENS OF ANTRIM & THEIR MEANINGS Dominic O’Loan The first in a series, explaining and illustrating the names of the Glens of Antrim.

Glenariffe, Glenarm, Glencloy

Map of the nine glens

Assorted photographs illustrating significant features.

A PLANE CRASH IN GLENDUN Deirdre Roberts  Account of the Crash of a De Havilland  “Dominie” training aircraft on Gruig mountain in September 1953 and of the rescue operation carried out by local farmers. Ballymena Telegraph  news clipping,  photographs of a “Dominie” aircraft and of Cushendall Cottage Hospital.
GLENS OF ANTRIM HISTORICAL SOCIETY/CARRICK-FERGUS&DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY John Hulme Local points of interest: Ardclinis Church & Crozier, Galboly (The Hidden Village), Carnlough Ammonium Sulphate Plant & remains of peat works. Assorted photographs and painting by Laura Butler of Galboly.
THE PERFORMING ARTS.  DRAMA IN THE GLENS Nuala Connolly History of Drama Groups in the Glens.  First production in 1909,”The Colleen Bawn’ through to present day. Photographs of cast & programmes from early productions (1909)& (1910) through to Pantomime photograph featuring Liam Neeson (2014)
A NORTH ANTRIM ARTIST  Julian Friers The artist’s account of his interest in painting and his thoughts on his technique and work. Illustrated throughout with photographs of painting by the artist including wildlife studies, landscapes and portraiture.
GLENSHESK GAELIC ATHLETIC CLUB Pauline Mc Bride A brief account of the founding of the club in 2001, as a response to the shortage of juvenile players in existing parish clubs and the success gleaned in recent years.  Photograph of founder, Pat Mc Veigh and of winning teams 2002, & 2013.
THE CUSHENDALL PONY, HORSES AND PEOPLE OF THE GLENS Robert Sharpe Written by Robert Sharpe of Kilmore after an article by Harry Hume, published in 2003, referencing the Cushendall Pony (G.B Newe) Photographs of Ballure Ponies, James, Gerald & Martin Gillan (Losset Farm) with Cushendall Ponies at a Ploughing Match, Barney Duffin using a Cushendall Pony to haul turf from Cargan mountain & James Gillen of Losset farm, astride a Cushendall Pony.
FIFTY YEARS AGO Frank Rogers An overview of the social, cultural and sporting history of life in the Glens in 1964  Assorted photographs from the time.
‘THE TURN OUT’ IN BALLYCASTLE, 8-9 JUNE 1798 Keith Beattie The 1798 Rebellion, the role of Ballycastle Insurgents, the response of the Yeomanry and the subsequent Courts Martial. Assorted illustrations.
‘DONEGORE HILL’  James Orr  An extract from a longer poem by James Orr, ‘The Bard of Ballycarry’ who took part in the Battle of Antrim on 7 June 1798.  The sentiments he describes reflect the dilemma facing many United Irishmen including the Ballycastle men described in Keith Beattie’s previous article. Illustration of the Battle of Antrim, 7 June 1798
‘LEAVING THE GLENS FARM OF MY CHILDHOOD’ Part 2 of ANNIE MCKILLOP’S DIARY Compiled by Dominic O’Loan Part 2 of Annie’s Diary continues the account begun in Volume 40 and concerns Annie’s growing up in the Glens and her leave-taking, covering the years 1934 – 1942 Assorted photographs including one of Annie at Lint – Pulling.

Poster promoting Cushendall Hotels.

BALLYCASTLE MUSEUM- THE COLLECTIONS Melanie Brown Description of the museum building and detailed account of the museum’s three main collections: The Irish Home Industries Workshop Collection, The Historic Art Collection & the Boyd’s Ballycastle Collection. Tommy Cecil’s collection from Rathlin and a variety of maritime and social history artefacts are also discussed. Photographs of the Museum interior and of items within each collection are included as are photographs of the McAuley, Carey and Nicholl paintings currently held in the museum.
CUSHENDALL LIBRARY Michael Faloon Overview of the history of the library site, the development and eventual opening of Cushendall library in 1983. Photographs of Cushendall Market & Courthouse building and of the Library (exterior and interior views).
GARRON TOWER AND BURG RHEINSTEIN Dr Anne Casement History of the building of Garron Tower (Castle), constructed 1848-1850 for Frances Ann, (Vane- Tempest) 3rd Marquess of Londonderry. Postcard illustrations of the building exterior, the dining room

 

 

  The Glynns Volume 43 (2015)

 

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 43

THE EARLY YEARS OF THE GLENS OF ANTRIM HISTORICAL SOCIETY Malachy McSparran An abridged version of an article written by the late Malachy McSparran in the 1995 edition of ‘The Glynns’,  re-produced to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the society. Photograph of : Cahal Dallat, Ken Porter, Patricia McKay, Robert McMullan, Anna McCaughan, Sheila McGoran, Malachy McSparran, Vera Ferris, Harry Hume, Kevin O’Hagan & Pat Clerkin outside the newly opened Glens of Antrim Historical Society /Tourist Information Office in The Old Schoolhouse, Mill Street, Cushendall (1995)
MEANING OF THE NAMES OF THE NINE GLENS – PART TWO Dominic O’Loan The Second in a series, explaining and illustrating the names of the Glens of Antrim: Glen Ballyemon, Glencorp, Glenaan. Photographs past and present of each of the Glens discussed and of the features & people of these Glens.
THE HORSE-PLOUGHING MATCH AND ASSOCIATED ACTIVITIES. Patrick Gillan An overview of the history of horse-drawn ploughing in the Glens with reference to famous ploughmen  and an account of annual ploughing matches in Ballycastle, Armoy and Bushmills. Assorted photographs of ploughing activity, ploughing competitions and competitors.
“WITH SOFT SERENADING WE SING THEM TO SLEEP” (THE GONDOLIERS) Fr. Martin O’Hagan A history of Gilbert & Sullivan performances at Garron Tower. Photographs of casts & programmes from early productions.  Photographs of Frs McKavanagh & Fitzpatrick.
A TEACHER IN CLOGHDUNMURRY  Dominic O’Loan A brief account of the life of Annie Todd, the last principal of Cloghdunmurry school- giving some idea of what life was like in the small rural school in the 1940’s & 1950’s. Illustrated throughout with photographs taken during Annie’s teaching career.
2015 REFLECTION ON ‘SAVE THE DAL’ Conleth Burns An article written in reponse to the invitation from the Glens of Antrim Historical Society to all A Level pupils in the area to participate in an essay-writing competition. Congratulations to Conleth for this well-researched,well-written contribution.   Photographs of the recent campaign to save Dalriada Hospital.
APPLIED ART/CRAFT IN THE GLENS OF ANTRIM Joe McFadden An overview of the various crafts in the glens and the people who work in them, including silversmiths, woodcrafters and homecrafters. Photographs of current local craft-working including blacksmithing, woodturning and quilt-making.
THE BLUNDERBUSS A J O’Hara Memories of childhood holidays in Cushendun and of a promise kept. Dedicated to the memory of the author’s grandmother Minnie O’Hara.   Photographs of the Bay Hotel and present day Bay Apartments.
JACK MCCANN REMINISCING Peggyann McCann Jack McCann reminisces.  Dedication by Peggyann McCann, Jack’s daughter.  
RICHARD HAYWARD AND HIS LOVE OF THE GLENS Paul Clements Journalist Paul Clements looks back on the life of Richard Hayward, actor, singer, writer and one of Ireland’s leading cultural figures from the 1930’s onwards. Hayward had a particular affection for the Glens of Antrim. Image of Tourists at Larne 1890’s, still from Hayward’s first feature film shot at Glynn in 1935, & scenes from ‘Devil’s Rock’ shot at Cushendun. Photographs from Hayward’s acting career.
‘IT WILL BE OVER BY CHRISTMAS’ Iain Bradley The story of three Glensmen in the Royal Navy who were among the first casualties of the Great War of 1914-1918. Photographs: Charles George McConachy, & his ship HMS Amphion. HMS Bulwark on which Edmund Finn served.  HMS Monmouth on which Adam Morrow served and of SMS Scharnhorst.
THE FOLK MUSEUM AND THE GLENS Jonathan Bell How and why Hyndman’s house at Coshkib was dismantled in 1965 and rebuilt at  the Ulster Folk & Transport museum. Photograph of Dan Hyndman’s house at Coshkib in the Glens of Antrim.
A STAINED GLASS WINDOW IN THE GLENS Frank Rogers The story of the stained glass window in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in the grounds of St. Killian’s College, Garron Tower designed by DI Braniff. Photographs of: the church, the stained glass window, the hidden message in the window and of Garron Tower.
A LOOK AT THE CAREE OF RONALD MCNEILL, LORD CUSHENDUN: A MAN WHO LOVED ULSTER AND THE GLENS OF ANTRIM  Michaela Crawley An account of the life and political career of Ronald Mc Neill, Lord Cushendun. Photographs of: Ronald Mc Neill       (formal portrait) and at Cushendun Village.  Headstone of Ronald McNeill in Cushendun Church and Memorial Crest in the window of Cushendun Church.

 

The Glynns Volume 44 (2016)

INDEX of THE GLYNNS Vol. 44

   
AN ARTICLE BASED ON THE ADDRESS GIVEN AT THE 50th  ANNIVERSARY GALA DINNER OF THE GLENS OF ANTRIM HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Very Rev. John Dunlop CBE, DD, LLD An abridged version of an address given by The Very Rev. John Dunlop at the Gala Dinner of the Glens of Antrim Historical Society. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the society.  
DIARY OF ANNIE MCKILLOP (PART 3) Edited by Dominic O’Loan The Third part of Annie’s Diary in which she returns to her nursing career cut short by the declaration of war in September 1939. Photograph of views from Upper Cloghs. Photograph of Turf Gathering using a Kish (wicker basket). Photograph of a V2 rocket.  Photograph of Cushendall Hospital (1917).
“IN WINTER ONE HAS NOTHING TO DO, SO ONE GOES TO SCHOOL”

SCHOOL CHILDREN IN GLENARM IN THE 19TH CENTURY

Frank Rogers An overview of the history of school attendance in Glenarm schools in the 19th Century.  A look at the Reports of the Commissioners of National Education 1863, 1869, 1886. Photographs of: The Old School-House in Glenarm Village, Longfield School, Carnalbanagh Primary School, Plaque at Doonan Leap where Knockstacken School once stood, Plaque of the wall of Aughagash National School, Typical 19th Century School-room in the Ulster American Folk Park (courtesy National Museums NI).
“ FIFTY YEARS OF ARCHAEOLOGY IN ANTRIM” Cormac McSparron A history of the development of archaeological techniques used in excavations in the Glens of Antrim in the past 50 years. Photograph of Souterrain at Drumadoon.  Photograph of Doonmore Motte.
“FOUND IN THE ATTIC”  James McGarrigle Reporting on an archive discovered in a cottage in Donegal in 1988. The archive contained correspondence, rare books, documents, newspaper cuttings and antique manuscript maps dating from 1750 -1850. 

 

 

 

Illustrated  by reproduced sections of: The Antrim Rebellion Map of 1798

Commissioned by Marquis

Cornwallis.  Surveyed by G. Montgomery, Royal Manx Fencibles. 

Lifford & Strabane. 

“JAMES MC MULLAN of  BALLYCASTLE and CHEFOO, CHINA” Very Rev Dr Godfrey Brown An article written to commemorate the life and work of James Mc Mullan (1860-1916) from Ballycastle, who joined the China Inland Mission in 1884.  He settled in Chefoo in the province of Shantung where he set up amongst other initiatives, The Chefoo Industrial Mission. Photographs of the McMullan Family Farm and the Family Headstone (Ballycastle Presbyterian Cemetery).

Photograph of Chefoo Church

MEANINGS OF THE NAMES OF THE GLENS (PART 3) Dominic O’Loan Explanation of the meanings of the names of the final three Glens in the series: Glendun, Glenshesk and Glentaise. Photographs of: Castle Carra, The River Dun, Glendun Landslide, Sedge, reeds & rushes in Glenshesk, Knocklayde,  Broomore Motte, Meeting of the rivers Tow and Margy.
CASUALTIES OF THE GREAT WAR FROM THE GLENS OF ANTRIM Iain Bradley Dedicated to the men of the Middle and Southern Glens who died in the conflict. Photograph of brothers Isaac and William John Kerr (Skerries), who joined the 7th & 9th  Royal Scots regiments and their family headstone (Newtowncromelin). Also photographs of headstones in Vermelles, Cairncastle, Waterfoot, Gallipoli & Tyne-Cot near Ypres.

 

 

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