‘Mythconceptions in Irish History’ Friday 24th April 2015

This months talk is not the talk previously advertised.  Instead the subject of the Glens of Antrim Historical Society in St Mary’s Parish Centre, Cushendall on Friday 24th April at 8.30pm is ‘Mythconceptions in Irish History’.  It takes the form of a light-hearted, yet challenging, illustrated talk looking at some of the myths, legends, misconceptions, … Read more

Forthcoming Lecture. Friday February 20th 2015 at 8.30pm in Cushendall Parish Centre: “Was JFK a ‘great’ American President ?”

Felix.M.Larkin will discuss the legacy of John Fitzgerald Kennedy and will reflect on JFK’s contribution to U.S national and international affairs at the height of what history now calls ‘The Cold War’.Felix M. Larkin is the academic director of the Parnell Summer School. A graduate of University College Dublin, he is a retired public servant … Read more

Lecture 23rd January 2015 ‘Merchant sailors from Glenaan to Glenarm lost in The Great war’

The lecture at the Glens of Antrim Historical Society’s monthly meeting at 8.30 pm on Friday 23 January 2015, in St Mary’s Parish Hall, Cushendall, is by Glenarm man, Iain Bradley, vice-Chairman of the Society. It is a reflection on an aspect of the Great War. The sailors of the merchant fleet from the Glens … Read more

November Lecture Friday 21st: Remembering Richard Hayward: An evening of music, story and film.

Hayward with bike in “The Luck of The Irish” (1935) Richard Hayward (1892-1964) was one of Ireland’s leading cultural figures from the middle years of the twentieth century. On the 50th anniversary of his death, the journalist and author Paul Clements looks back on his life and times, and at his connection to the Glens … Read more

Ballintoy’s Hidden History

    On Saturday 2 February 2013 the society launched ‘ Ballintoy’s Hidden History’ funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s All Our Stories programme to explore and tell the story of three less well-known sites in the Ballintoy area, namely Templastragh Church, Ballintoy Castle and an eighteenth-century school at White Park Bay.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               … Read more


Editorial Note.  The following article is the text of a lecture given by the late Hugh Alexander Boyd M.A. M.Lit. M.Phil. M.A.(Ed) H.DipEd. (1907-1996) at St. Mary Star of the Sea Secondary School on the occasion of Ballycastle Civic Week in August 1968. We are grateful to Mrs Pearl Boyd for her permission to print … Read more

One of two lectures delivered by Hugh A Boyd during Ballycastle Civic Week, 1968

Old Ballycastle BALLYCASTLE is situated in the north-eastern corner of County Antrim on a bay midway between Kenbann Head and Fair Head. The town developed on the left bank of the river Tow, about half a mile upstream from Ballycastle Bay. It formed the caput or capital of the Barony of Carey, which extends from … Read more


  The Society wishes to thank the following for their excellent lectures:     Mr Eull Dunlop James Carter’s Journal 15.9.1989 Mr. Ernie Cromie Military Aircraft Crashes in North Antrim 20.10.1989 Mr. Hugh A. Boyd Memories of Cushendall 17.11.1989 Mr. T. Blackman The Changing Agenda for Town & Country Planning 15.12.1989 Mr. Jon Marshall The … Read more