CUSHENDUN journalist Denis O’Hara is pictured with guest speaker and recently retired Moyle District Councillor Randal McDonnell at the launch of his latest book, ‘Ship to Shore - Glens of Antrim Mariners’, in the Cushendall Parish Centre.
The 300-page narrative, a limited edition, is a unique expose into the seafaring exploits of Glens of Antrim sailors for over 200 years. There are 55 chapters of special significance, revelations of the often traumatic sea travels, the triumphs, and the tragedies.
The hardback issue, featuring 190 photographs and illustrations, highlights the necessity of olden time small farmers of the Glens having to take to work on the waves during winter months, to feed their families. Many men went to sea from the along the Antrim Coast as professional mariners, first and foremost, and the writer deals with an extensive trawl of stories from Glenarm to Torr Head.