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Pogue's Entry EHOD 2023

High Street, Antrim, County Antrim, BT41 4BD
Pogues Entry


Pogue’s Entry Historical Cottage will come alive on European Heritage Open Day (Sat 9 September) with living history demonstrations, live music, and craft activities for adults and children. The site is famous as being where the writer Alexander Irvine grew up in the late 1800s before going on to immortalise it in his book ‘My Lady of the Chimney Corner’, and actors playing Alexander and his mother Anna, will bring scenes from the book to life during the day. There will be storytelling and soda bread-making on the griddle over the fire inside the cottage, and crochet demonstrations and children’s crafts and nature trails in the garden where there will also be gardeners from the Irish Garden Plant Society on hand to talk about the wonderful varieties of plants, fruit and vegetables found there. Musicians will also be dropping in throughout the day to add atmosphere and help take visitors back to how the place would have looked and sounded in the late 19th century.

Pogues Entry is the childhood home of Dr. Alexander Irvine, author of ‘My Lady of the Chimney Corner’ amongst other books that give a valuable insight into how many Irish Working Class families lived in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The cottage has been preserved in the style it was in when Irvine and his family lived here in the late 1800s, and in recent years the Irish Garden Plant Society has added a beautiful cottage garden around the cottage full of Irish varieties of plants, fruit and vegetables. Living history and craft displays will help bring the site alive.

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