Glenarm Castle if one of Ireland'd oldest estates. It was traditionall the stronghold of the McDonnell clan, the Earls of Antrim. Today the castle is open to the public and is open for corporate entertainment and hospitality days. The famous walled garden is a great attraction for visitors.
- County: Antrim
- Town: Glenarm
- Scene: Glenarm Castle
- Date: cica 1910
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Glenarm, County Antrim
Glenarm (in Irish: Gleann Airm, ie Glen of the Army) is a village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It lies on the North Channel coast north of the town of Larne and the village of Ballygalley, and south of the village of Carnlough. It had a population of 582 people in the 200 Census. Glenarm takes it name from the glen in which it lies, the southernmost of the nine Glens of Antrim. It is in the Larne Borough Council area.
Dating back to Norman times, the village is the family seat of the MacDonnells, who once occupied Dunluce Castle on the north coast. The village is now a Conservation Area, and its main street (Altmore Street) leads directly to Glenarm Forest, from which can be seen Glenarm Castle, on the far bank of the little river which runs through the village to the sea. The imposing entrance to Glenarm Castle, the Barbican Gate, is at the heart of the village. The Castle dates from 1750, with early 19th century alterations. Glenarm claims to be the oldest town in Ulster having been granted a charter in the 12th century.
Places of interest
Glenarm Forest Park is an 800-acre nature preserve once part of the demesne of Glenarm Castle, but now in public and maintained by the Ulster Wildlife Trust. Other notable features include a salmon fishery and Glenarm Castle. The most recent addition to the village is the restoration of its distinctive limestone-built harbour. The following is an old picture of the quay before it collapsed, taken in 1965.
Glenarm is classified as a small village or hamlet by the NI Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (ie with population between 500 and 1,000 people). On Census day (29 April 2001) there were 582 people living in Glenarm. Of these:
23.9 were aged under 16 and 21.1 were aged 60 and over
49.1 of the population were male and 50.9 were female
46.6 were from a Catholic background and 52.2 were from a Protestant background
6.3 of people aged 16-74 were unemployed.