The Well of the Saints and The End of the Beginning


The Life Within, Bushmills - The Clock Tower & Market Square

The Life Within by Bernie McGill

THE CLOCK TOWER AND MARKET SQUARE - The following audio is a dramatisation of a market day in Bushmills, in the last years of the nineteenth century

It is one of five linked audio plays that are designed to be heard in the following order: Shell Row; the Old National School (later Legion Hall); Clock Tower & Market Square; the Old Court House, and the Bushmills Inn (formerly Kane’s Commercial & Family Hotel).

This project was commissioned by Big Telly Theatre Company and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) – Sharing Heritage Programme with support from the Police Service of Northern Ireland and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. 

Special thanks to Bushmills Folklore & History Group and their publication Portcaman, to Art Ward, Raymond McMullan and Antony Macnaghten, and to all the people of Bushmills who contributed stories.

Written by Bernie McGill

Directed by Caitriona McLaughlin 

Francie (Market Clerk): Andy Porter

Samuel Tweedy: Keith Lynch

Hawkster: John Mulkeen

Granny: Louise Conaghan

Mrs Hatty: Orla Mullan

Squareface: Orla Mullan


Mixed and edited by Darren Murphy

Recorded in Ground Coffee Shop, Bushmills, with thanks.

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