Bonamargy Friary Cemetery

By Duncan Scarlett

The ruins of Bonamargy Friary and the surrounding cemetery are situated a short distance to the east of the town of Ballycastle on the north Antrim coast. According to O’Laverty, the name of the friary, Bun na Mairge, meaning the foot of the Margy, comes from its geographical location close to where the River Margy, a very short river formed by the confluence of the Cary and Shesk rivers, enters the sea. Local historian, Cahal Dallat, suggests an alternative meaning, Bun na Mairgeadh, the foot of the market, which refers to its location in relation to the famous Ballycastle fair or market.