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Jonny November 12, 2018

There was an autumnal feel for the unveiling of the signage on the William Alexander Davis Garden on Monday 12th November 2018 but there were smiles on the faces of everyone involved. Volunteers and staff from Clanrye Group and members of Newry 2020 came together for the erection of the sign naming the garden as […]

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 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 […]

John McCullagh November 5, 2012

The Newry Chamber Music concert this evening (Quigley Concert) promises to be a very special occasion indeed. It features world-renowned flautist Elena Duran AND international pianist David Owen Norris. The concert (£10) begins at 8.00 pm at the Arts Centre. Be there or you will rue the day you missed the opportunity!

John McCullagh November 5, 2012

The next film of Newry Film Club is on Wednesday night (7th November) at the usual time of 7.30pm. We are showing ‘The Awakening’, a supernatural thriller directed by Nick Murphy and starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West. The movie is set in 1921 England where Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) is a published author on […]

John McCullagh November 2, 2012

  In the 19th century in South Armagh there were a number of attacks on landlords, their agents or their property. During that time in the area,  there were at least three agrarian murder attempts, one of which involved Meredith Chambre, a landlord and magistrate from Killeavy in South Armagh. In December 1851, Chambre had […]

John McCullagh June 15, 2012

“Ou sont les neiges d’antan?” (Where are the snows of yesteryear?) …. I was saddened to read of the death at a relatively early age and as a result of a long illness bravely borne, of Mrs. Patricia McCracken (nee McShane). Patricia was the loving wife of legendary Newry distance runner Willie McCracken and beloved […]

John McCullagh June 15, 2012

Sergeant Peter Joseph Markey from Newry was part of the unsuccessful British parachute assault on Arnhem in September 1944.  (see also https://www.newryjournal.co.uk/2007/06/22/dickie-the-paratrooper/ ) Markey was captured and incarcerated in Sagan prisoner-of-war camp in Germany. With the others there he was liberated by the Russians in February 1945. Desparate to return to Britain, Markey considered that […]

John McCullagh March 27, 2012

So how do I spend my time in retirement, you ask?  Very pleasantly, on the whole.  Some days indeed, I am so occupied I cannot get in all the jobs I have engaged myself to do. I play the organ in church.  Somewhat like myself, it is ancient and unpredictable.  Between Masses, benediction services, novenas, […]

John McCullagh March 26, 2012

Since man first turned the soil with his crude spade, revolutionary changes have merged into a progress which has created new worlds above the soil.  But it is still the same soil, and generally speaking producing the same foodstuffs for generally the same purpose. As each scrape rises, turns and is folded over by the […]