"Is the bridge at Glarryford
Dundermot Mound near Ballymena - Gateway
According to Bob Curran, the Dundermot
Mound near Ballymena is one of two "Gateways to
Hell" in all of Ireland.
Apparently the mound has been known to open,
releasing the forces of hell to all around. At
the time of such an occurrence anyone in the vicinity
will be sucked into it and will vanish forever.
One story which highlights this is that of a
mail coach making the journey from Belfast to
Londonderry in the year 1798. Apparently there
was a very large price being paid for the delivery
of the cargo. As the coachman, Thomas Meharg journeyed
north a great storm blew up and his progress was
seriously hampered. Not to be deterred by the
weather, he pressed on from village to village
and despite warnings offered from those at many
waypoints he continued his journey. He had been
told by a number of people that the Glarryford
bridge had been torn down in the storm. The coach
was last seen leaving Cullybackey where Meharg
asked a bystander... "Is the bridge at Glarryford
Legend has it that the Dundermot mound opened
up and swallowed the entire coach, driver and
horses - the lot. No trace of the coach was ever
Jim Kelso of 'Your Place & Mine' spoke to
Bob Curran at Dundermot Fort - he explained that
to this day unsuspecting travellers will encounter
the ghost of the coach. The driver will ask; "Is
the bridge at Glarryford still up?" - the story
goes that anyone who answers him will die within
We hear too how Dundermot is actually an old
fort and the legends surrounding the place were
possibly to ward off any possible attackers.
Of course the atmosphere of the story is in the
way it's told and Bob Curran does tell it well!
Here to listen to the discussion.
Alex - June '08
Ok this is at the end of my road. Freaky!
Jo McAlonan - June '06
Hey - this old tree hump is home to me. It means - safety
& a cup of tea in 5 mins. xx jo
James - June '06
I live near the Dundermot Mound in Glarryford.
Big Matt - May '06
I was lookin for a shortcut!