The house is now gone, lying in hardfill somewhere on the north coast of Ireland after being demolished in 2020 to make way for the new £35million shared education facility that is to be built in its former grounds. But for many of us here in Ballycastle it will be our memories. My own memory of it is the red roof tiles and a lot of glass that was included in the building. It is of course Derganagh House. Another house in Ballycastle that had many stories to tell. The grounds of the house bordered much of the town of
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RATHLIN ISLAND WALKING TOURS
Nine Glens Adventure Tours Ireland
Mythology, folklore and tradition
We are located on the scenic North Antrim Coast and offer a range of fully guided walking tours run by experienced and professional guides. We will guide you on walks through some of Ireland’s most scenic trails, walking through history and routes lined with uninterrupted views.
If you want to soak up local history and culture, listen to mythical tales about the North Antrim Coast and the Glens of Antrim, sit back, relax and let Nine Glens Walking Tours take care of you.
We here in the Glens Of Antrim live in a unique and mythical place, where every stone and every river is steeped in history, mythology, song and poetry. We can quite rightly be described as a micro culture within Ireland. We have our own ways, our own beliefs and our own stories. Through walking and touring with us, it is our hope and belief that we will leave an experience and impression on our visitors that will have them asking for more and visiting us time and time again.
All tours are suitable for those wanting to travel at a steady pace with time to sit and look around, whilst soaking up the atmosphere, taking pictures, and listening to Irish folklore. All walks are graded as easy to moderate.
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Round to the Rue
Rathlin Day Tour
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Tales from the Glens
IT’S STORY TIME
Almost a forgotten family now in Ballycastle, the Belford’s were prominent characters in the civic life of the town. Their home and adjoining property still stands along the Quay Road of Ballycastle. [kmg1] The most prominent family member in Ballycastle was William Henry Belford, with the family hailing from Co Cavan and a background in the Royal Irish Constabulary. The Belford family had roots in Ballyhaise, Co Cavan. Ballyhaise was a plantation that had been handed out through the Ulster Plantations to John Taylor of Cambridge. It would even be what could be described as an estate village, where the
by Frances McMichael and Shona Young BEGINNINGS Countless people left Culfeightrin in the last few centuries. This is just one story of many. John Butler was born around 1843 in the townland of Cross (on the iconic headland of Fair Head), in the shadow of the fort, Dun Mór. He was the son of John Butler and Sally McDonnell and the grandson of John Butler and Nancy McCormick. He was born at the time of the Famine (or Great Hunger) and life was very tough. Food and money were scarce and there was much pressure to leave. Many from Cross,