Bobby McVeigh was born to run!

BOBBY McVeigh can say something that very few other people in Antrim can - the place where he was born is now a worldwide tourism destination!

For Pogue’s Entry was also the childhood home of writer Alexander Irvine, who immortalised his former residence in the classic book ‘My Lady of the Chimney Corner’.

Indeed, if you visit the heritage centre - now owned and run by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council - you can see a picture of the McVeigh family along with their neighbour Mrs Daney.

Bobby’s parents had moved to Pogue’s Entry from Balloo, before coming into the town and moving back out again, this time to the Boghead, close to where the Deerpark Hotel once stood - both it and the family home are now long gone.

With his father a veteran of both world wars, Bobby and his family moved to a serviceman’s home at Bourlon Road.

At the junction of the roads to Antrim, Belfast and Ballyclare, it was a great place for the seven children to live and watch all the comings and goings.

*Read Bobby’s fascinating story in this week’s Antrim Guardian

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