Tuesday, August 30, 2011 13:47
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Henry JoyHenry Joy McCracken was – like most of his family – a textiles manufacturer by profession. He ought to have succeeded, specialising in cotton, but his radical political outlook led to his neglect of his business, and Joy, Holmes & McCracken went to the wall.
Friday, August 5, 2011 10:18
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Henry JoyHenry Joy McCracken was, at least by modern standards, a very unlikely rebel. From a well-to-do family, the young Henry Joy branched out (his father was a ship owner and rope maker) into the most lucrative trade of the time, cotton manufacture.
Thursday, August 4, 2011 15:00
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Henry JoyI was first introduced to Henry Joy McCracken by Newryman Brian McCollum and his Folk Group in the middle to late 60s when his single lauding that character topped the Irish charts. Now that I think of it, I believe we had a copy at home.
Friday, February 18, 2011 9:48
Bagenal’s Castle, having loomed large in the history of Ulster during the 16th century Elizabethan wars, again featured in the 17th century and for all the wrong reasons. The area near the castle was the scene of a massacre of the Irish in the aftermath of the great rebellion of 1641.
Friday, December 3, 2010 9:21
Contrary to frequently expressed sentiment, Newry Canal was not the first in these Islands, but the first summit-level canal; the first, that is, to be fed from a lake at higher level, in our case Acton Lake, some half-way along its length.
Monday, February 8, 2010 19:38
There were a few peripheral Bagenal figures of whose existence we ought to be aware …
Friday, February 5, 2010 22:04
By May 1595 – almost two years into what would become known in Irish history as the Nine Years War – the relief of the Monaghan garrison had become crucial for the Crown forces.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 14:06
Following the death of his second wife, Joanna O’Donnell, O’Neill asked Bagenal for the hand of his sister Mabel in marriage. This approach was repulsed with contempt …
Monday, February 1, 2010 23:17
At a purely personal level however Sir Henry’s visit to England was not a total failure. He wrote on 16 September 1586 to Edward Manners, third earl of Rutland …