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The Ballygally Castle Hotel Ball

Article written by Brian Willis.

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Turret, Ballygally Castle Hotel
Turret, Ballygally Castle Hotel

Ballygally Castle on the Antrim Coast was built in 1625. A solid building with walls five feet thick in places. So it is no surprise that at the start of the rebellion of 1641 it was used as a shelter from the Irish garrison at Glenarm. The castle continued to have a chequered history since then and at one time was the local coastguard station. In the 1950's it was sold to Cyril Lord the Donaghadee Carpet manufacturer. Eventually it became a hotel and many years ago I was told this tale by the, then, Manageress.


Two elderly guests booked in for several days over the Christmas season. On arrival they were intrigued to discover the staff were preparing for a fancy dress ball.

That night there was a knock at the bedroom door and there stood one of the waiters clad in medieval costume. He had arrived to invite them to the ball. They went. And had a lovely evening surrounded by staff and other guests all bedecked in wonderful attire.

The next morning at breakfast they enthused to the Manageress about what a wonderful evening it had been. Which came as a bit of a shock to the lady, for the ball had not taken place yet and was not due to take place for another two days.

The elderly guests booked out.

Cartoon by Brian Willis
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