Church Street, Antrim
Pogue’s Entry Historical Cottages
This historic corner of 18th century Antrim contains the childhood home of Alexander Irvine, who became a missionary in New York’s Bowery and eventually pastor of the Church of the Ascension on Fifth Avenue.
Unlocking the half door
His book “My Lady of The Chimney Corner” recalls his boyhood years in Pogue’s Entry and describes the lives of Irish country folk during the post-famine days.
2 cottages, The Chimney Corner is on the left.
Dr. Irvine’s concluding three words in ‘My Lady of the Chimney Corner’ are a fitting tribute to both his mother and experiences of his family life in those early times. “Love is enough.”
View from the doorway
The cottage consisted of two rooms.
Alexander Irvine’s father was a cobbler
The open fire
The bed looked like it was 4 feet wide.
View from the end of the bed
The cottage is preserved in its original state as a tribute to Dr Irvine and a memorial park is located at the junction of Castle Way and Church Street.
The ladder leading to where the children slept above the bedroom.
Did I tell you there were ELEVEN children in the family, all reared in those two rooms?
Standing inside the half door
Narrow lanes and alleyways, lined with cottages and cabins, similar to those of Pogues Entry, once led off the length of Church Street.
Children of today don’t know they are living. They complain if they have to share a TV, never mind a bedroom!
The buzz of cottage industry has made a welcome return to Pogue’s Entry with a resident ceramicist and it is possible to watch him at work at his own on-site kiln, the only one of its kind in Ireland or perhaps take part in one of his ceramics workshops.
Seasonal Opening Hours: June – September
Visits/Tours outside these months can be arranged by appointment only.