Thursday, December 9, 2004 0:00
My name is John McAtasney. I was born in 55, Sloan Street, Lurgan, Co Armagh on Wednesday 11 April 1934, the second eldest of a family of eight children, six boys and two girls.
Tuesday, November 30, 2004 0:00
When the Irish Citizens Association won the day at the Council elections of 1949 – and continued to dominate local politics here over the next decade – the sole surviving Labour voice was that of Tom Kelly (pictured here). Single-handedly he championed at Council level the cause of the poor, deprived and oppressed of the town over that decade, because the […]
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 0:00
Just as nothing succeeds like success, so the failure of accepted (and sometimes negotiated) deals between workers and employers brought disillusionment in its wake. All the early victories went to the employers and workers often lost faith in their leaders. To confuse matter more for revolutionary socialists such as James Connolly, it was relatively easy to divert workers’ […]
Thursday, September 30, 2004 0:00
Newry was still at the height of its commercial and industrial power towards the close of the nineteenth century when workers’ unionisation became an issue. The concentration of manufacturing in industrial cities had not yet stripped the smaller towns of such enterprises as brewing, distilling and baking. One of the bakery moguls, Willis of Monaghan Street in 1896 locked out […]
Tuesday, September 14, 2004 0:00
On the edge of the Calliagh Berra’s lake on the top of Slieve Gullion is a massive millstone, clearly recognizable in the photo from its circular shape and the hole in the middle. I’ll tell you the story and it’s the God’s truth, for indeed any other attempted explanation would be preposterous. There was a time when the milling of […]
Tuesday, March 30, 2004 0:00
Up until a generation ago if one was fortunate enough to find work locally as likely as not one worked in the mill. Damolly Mill closed down twenty five years ago, in 1979. For almost two and a half centuries it – under different guises – had provided employment and community life for ten generations of local people.
Wednesday, February 18, 2004 0:00
Newry was late on the scene in establishing powered flax mills, exploiting the boom that inevitably followed the closure of American ports during their Civil War.
Monday, February 16, 2004 0:00
I lived outside in the barn in the first house I was hired to, said Kevin McAllister. If you didn’t finish your six months you could be done out of your money. There was no law to back you up. It was rough enough. They took three 2.5d stamps off me, for the letters I wrote home in that time. […]
Tuesday, February 10, 2004 0:00
‘The winter of ’47 was very harsh’, Kevin McAllister told me. ‘There was often snow lying nearly to the roofs. Parties of men were sent out to dig the roads clear. One gang might suddenly dig its way through to another, coming from the opposite direction. How did the country people survive? Everybody had a few hens for eggs and […]