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

 

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