ABOUT THE VILLAGE

 They were part of a larger contingent of 7,000 troops under the command of the Duke of Wertemberg and spent three months in the area prior to the Battle of the Boyne. The cavalry officers may have indeed brought with them examples of these new lighter weapons which were readily available in Germany and triggered someone's entrepreneurial instincts. After the failure of the Hollow Sword Blade Company the village was sold to a Doctor Richardson who is remembered mainly for changing the name of Cushendall to Newtown Glens. The final owner or proprietor of the village was a Francis Turnley who acquired it as part of an estate purchased after returning from China where he had worked for the East India Company. The town flourished under his ownership which lead to the construction of several fine buildings in the village and surrounding area including the Curfew Tower, the Glens of Antrim Hotel and Drumnasole House - he was also responsible for contributing to improving and opening up the coast road - the famous Red Arch below Red Bay Castle was part of that scheme. The Curfew Tower still holds the centrepiece of the village and was built in 1809 as a prison, the design is said to have been influenced from towers found in China - perhaps even from the Great Wall of China. . The town once held eight fair days throughout the year and that tradition is kept alive today through the 'Heart of the Glens' festival which takes place over ten days each August. Cushendall is a superb location to place yourself for a visit to the Glens, it is good for walking  - a short distance from the village centre brings you to the beach where walks can be taken along the shoreline or via the cliff to Layde Church. If your really energetic then a ramble to the top of Lurigethan will reward you with memorable views across the bay to Scotland and over the surrounding glens and small hamlets laid out like patchwork below.

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