John McCullagh February 25, 2014

Newry`s Greatest Who is Newry`s greatest? An unusual & entertaining show is staged on Friday, 28th February at 7.30 p.m. in Newry City hall. It is a good news story because it assesses who did most for the people of Newry since 1144. 7 characters from the past – ranging from the first Cistercian Abbot; […]

John McCullagh December 15, 2013

Funeral Oration for Mrs Josie Keenan (nee O’Hanlon) My aunt, Josie Keenan, was born Josephine O’Hanlon on 15th March, 1920, youngest in a family of 3 boys and 4 girls to Owen O’Hanlon and Emma McKnight.  Her siblings were Danny, my father, Katie, Mick, Emma, Rosina and John and they all lived together in beautiful […]

John McCullagh October 15, 2013

If you happen to see a strip of hawthorn bush draped with May flowers and eggshells before a cottage door, you will know that this simple custom is a pardonable – and permissable – factor in the queer rites and customs that once characterized the first day of May, in olden times. You may have […]

John McCullagh February 4, 2013

Newry Chamber Music visits the Sandys Street Presbyterian Church next Tuesday evening 12th February at 8 pm for a concert from the highly-acclaimed Brodsky Quartet. Over forty years on the circuit, and named after the great Russian violinist A Brodsky, they have notched up over 4,000 concerts and released more than 60 recordings. We are […]

John McCullagh February 2, 2013

This Wednesday at 7.30 pm in the Arts Centre, Newry Film Club presents their latest offering, the highly-acclaimed film Incendies. A mother’s last wish sends twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to the Middle East in search of their tangled roots. The film tells the powerful and moving story of two young adults’ voyage […]

John McCullagh January 9, 2013

Ireland is an island to the west of Britain.  Britain is an island to the West of Europe.  Britain comprises England, Wales and um … um … No.  Wait.  There’s a referendum pending.  Can I come back to you on the question of just what Britain is? Some people in the North of Ireland refer […]

John McCullagh January 8, 2013

Our next film is this Wednesday night (9th January) at the usual time of 7.30pm. We are showing the 2004 film “The Sea Inside” (PG 13) starring Javier Bardem. “The Sea Inside” is about the Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his own life with dignity. The […]

John McCullagh December 1, 2012

All are welcome to every screening in the Arts Centre 7.30 pm the first Wednesday of the month. Better still, join the Newry Film Club and get discounts! Our next screening is on Wednesday night 5th December at the usual time of 7.30pm. As usual, we will be showing a short film before the main […]

John McCullagh December 1, 2012

John Rea Born: 1822, Millfield area of Belfast Died: May 17, 1881 – suicide by gunshot Father: Francis REA Mother: Married: Never married A man of many parts, he served nine months in Kilmainham Jail in 1848. He defended John Mitchel, acted for the Catholics after “Dolly’s Brae” and defended Michael Davitt in in 1879 […]

John McCullagh November 11, 2012

Checking out at the supermarket, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologised and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.” The young blade responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation […]