ADAM LYNN

Adam Lynn was born in the village of Cullybackey in 1866 and showed by his work that genius is independent of social position or learning.  He received the rudiments of his education at two National Schools and aged thirteen he went to work for William Young, J.P., Fenaghy in the linen industry.  During this time he wrote poetry for local newspapers, writing in the local dialect and dealing with various subjects.  His poems are rich in rare words and quaint expressions, maybe difficult to understand if you were a stranger, but still appealed to the local people.   After a number of years he felt the call of mission work and was appointed missionary lay reader in the Shankill Parish, Lurgan where he remained until his retirement.  Of a retiring and thoughtful nature Adam Lynn was perhaps quite unknown personally to the majority of people who read his poems, but in them one can always find the mind and heart of the author, which was always kind and gentle and full of humour.

At the request of his many admirers his poems were published in the book, “Random Rhymes Frae Cullybackey,” in 1911Every clergyman that came to the district received a poetic welcome from Adam and to those that were called to other parts he bid them a kindly farewell – if he thought they deserved it.  As was his wish, he died at Fenaghy on 2nd January 1956 aged ninety-one.

PREVAILING PRAYER THE GO-OUTERS MARCH ACROSTIC
ANNALOISTE SUNDAY SCHOOL SOCIAL CATCH-MY-PAL THE THRESHING FLOOR
CRAIGS DROMONA EDITOR-SHIP
FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY FOUND ON THE LINKS AT CULLYBACKEY LINES WRITEN IN LOVING REMEMBERANCE GIBSON LYNN
HARVEST FESTIVAL IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF THE LATE MR_JAMES_ERWIN IN TOWN
LINES WRITTEN IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE LATE MR JOHN MAILEY LINES LURGAN CO ARMAGH
MY INAMORATA OLD THOUGHTS FOR THE NEW YEAR ON THE MARCH
THE FOUR SQUARE GOSPEL PRECIOUS PRAY QUEEN EASTER
READY AYE READY! TERRA FIRMA MERELY MISSED
THE GO-OUTERS MARCH THINGS WHICH REMAIN Y.M.C.A. HALL CULLYBACKEY
CHRISTMAS 1945 LET US PRAY NATIONAL INTERCESSORY DAY
 THE END IS COME THE TEN VIRGINS
DAME NATURE
MATRIMONIAL MATCHES SEND OFF TO ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE CULLYBACKEY MEN  WEEMIN O’ THE WORD
CULLYBACKEY COLEENS THE DRINK TRAFFIC THE WORD
TRIFLES A LITTLE CHAMBER  BIBLE RULES FOR ALL SCHOOLS
MOTTO FOR 1946 ON EARTH PEACE

 

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