“It is a wonderful day for the Glens of Antrim.”

Last weekend the BBC’s Restoration Village focused on three projects in Northern Ireland and, after a week of telephone votes have been counted, they’ve revealed which one will progress to the final programme on 17th September – Cushendun Old Church. As the Belfast Telegraph report indicates their pitch did emphasis what I’d have to suspect is the ace up their sleeve in this, a local literary and artistic connection[RealPlayer video].From the Belfast Telegraph report

The Cushendun church is one of the most significant buildings in the National Trust village, a planned settlement designed by Clough Williams-Ellis, the architect and conservationist who created the model village of Portmeirion in Wales.

The church, which was built in 1840, was deconsecrated in 2003 due to a dwindling congregation, although in its heyday worshippers would have included local literary figures such as Louis McNeice, May Crommelin, Moira O’Neill and John Masefield.

The other local projects will be hoping that the publicity will provide deserved boosts to their own campaigns.