The Well of the Saints and The End of the Beginning


The Life Within, Bushmills - Shell Row

The Life Within by Bernie McGill

SHELL ROW - The following audio is a dramatisation of a family living in one of the cottages in Shell Row, 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 

Granny: Louise Conaghan

Molly: Caitlin Bell-Porter

Thomas Brown: Keith Lynch

Miss Richardson: Catherine

Squareface: Orla Mullan


Mixed and edited by Darren Murphy

Recorded at Flowerfield Art Centre, Portstewart, with thanks.

Did you know?

The Life Within, Bushmills - The Old National School
The Life Within, Bushmills - The Clock Tower & Market Square
The Life Within, Bushmills - The Old Court House and The Bushmills Inn