From its early 20th Century social history to the ancient past, learn more about Glenarm’s story in this section.
Glenarm has enjoyed a rich history and eventful past. There is evidence of hunter gatherers as far back as 8000 years ago at the Cloney. After people had begun to settle in the area, during the Neolithic, Glenarm grew into a thriving industrial coastal community.
Glenarm, from ‘Glen of the Army’ is thought to have been one of the oldest towns in Ireland, being granted a municipal charter by King John in 1206. There has been a castle and village at Glenarm since at least 1242 when Hugh de Lacy, the Norman Earl of Ulster, granted the Glens of Antrim to John Bisset from Scotland.
Later, ownership was passed to the McDonnells who staked their claim through the building of a castle on the site where it now stands. The current village, centred around Toberwine Street dates mainly from the 18th Century.