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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 […]

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NOTES ON BALLYCASTLE IN THE OLDEN DAYS. Canon Isaac Purcell Barnes, B.A., & Hugh Alexander Boyd

These notes have been compiled from MS. papers written about the year 1906 by the late Canon Isaac Purcell Barnes, B.A., Incumbent of Ballycastle Church 1874 – 1921. They have been edited and additional material has been included by Hugh Alexander Boyd.   (Sketch Map of Ballycastle 1760) At the time that Ballycastle Church was […]

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BOOK REVIEWS

  Andrews, J., Page, M. and Sheehan, T. Ballycastle Golf Club 1890-1990 In conjunction with its centenary celebrations Ballycastle Golf Club has published an interesting history of the club from its foundation in 1890 until the present day. It was a fortunate day for Ballycastle when a golf club was formed as otherwise there is […]

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PHOTOGRAPH: GENERAL VIEW OF CUSHENDALL

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TOWNLANDS IN THE COUNTY ANTRIM PLACENAMES IN THE PARISH OF DUNLOY AND CLOUGHMILLS by CAHAL DALLAT

  Anticur An tigh coradh The house of the weir or carry. * Anticur House was at one time the residence of Lord Fleming, Baron of Slane. Artiferral Ard tigh Fearghail The hill of Farrell’s house Ballinaloob Baile na luib Townland of the river bends * The land here is very flat and low-lying and […]

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A WALK AROUND GLENARIFF by EUGENE McGAUGHEY

  “Now Carneil’s behind me As I walk on my way Lurigedan stands before me. And the Castle at Red Bay. There to my right a lovely sight As I look towards Cushendall I see the coast of Scotland With lovely mountains tall And as I walk towards Waterfoot To my left I look again […]

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OTHER PENAL MASS SITES IN NORTH ANTRIM Rev. Patrick McKavanagh

With the destruction of buildings used for Catholic public worship during the sixteenth century Mass had to be celebrated in strange places, in private homes and huts, in sheds and stables or in the open air. Lest the situation should become unseemly, a Synod of the province of Armagh, which included North Antrim, decreed as […]

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PENAL MASS SITES IN THE GLENS Rev. Patrick McKavanagh

A Royal Commission in 1622 reported that, “in the diocese of Down and Connor, only 16 churches were fit for the celebration of Divine ordnance, while 150 churches and chapels were decayed or in ruins”. In this short article, I am confining my survey to the modern Catholic parishes of Glenariffe, Cushendall, Cushendun and Glenravel. […]

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NEW LINKS WITH BALLYCASTLE’S FAMOUS SONG By The Very Rev. Dr. Godfrey Brown

  The name of Ballycastle has become known to many people throughout Ireland and across the world first and foremost on account of its famous song ‘The Ould Lammas Fair’. It is the work of one of her most famous citizens of a generation ago, John Henry Macaulay, better known as the bog oak carver. […]

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