Pogue's Entry Historical Cottage
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This historic corner of 18th century Antrim contains the childhood home of Alexander Irvine, who ...
This historic corner of 18th century Antrim contains the childhood home of Alexander Irvine, the ninth of twelve children, who became a missionary in New York's Bowery and eventually pastor of the Church of the Ascension on Fifth Avenue. His book "My Lady of The Chimney Corner" (1913) recalls his boyhood years in Pogue’s Entry and describes the lives of Irish country folk during the post-famine days. He is also remembered for "The Souls of Poor Folk (1921).
The cottage is preserved in its original state as a tribute to Dr. Irvine and a memorial park is located at the junction of Castle Way and Church Street, Antrim. Narrow lanes and alleyways, lined with cottages and cabins similar to Pogue’s Entry, once led off the length of Church Street.
An Ulster History Circle Blue Plaque has been erected at the cottage.