John McCullagh

John McCullagh November 9, 2012

In the early hours of last Tuesday a major hurricane (Hurricane Shazza) and an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter Scale hit Lurgan with its epicentre in Kilwilkee Estate. Victims were seen wandering around aimlessly, muttering “fukinell”. The hurricane decimated the area causing almost £30 worth of damage. Several priceless collections of mementos from Majorca […]

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 May 8, 2012

Ed and Bria Herron, Newry teachers by profession and, long into their well-deserved retirement teachers still at Newry U3A, are among the most popular and the best-esteemed of that august body of lovely people.  Indeed they continue to this day to invest enormous energy and enthusiasm into their work, so much so that their French […]

John McCullagh April 1, 2012

The opinion of the Adjudicator seldom tallies with my own – and so it is again.  I will report however, without comment, the final results from the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Newry Drama Festival. Premier Award : Rosemary Drama Group, Belfast : When we are married Runners-up: Ballyduff, Waterford: The Crucible Third: Silken Thomas: Jerusalem Fourth: […]

John McCullagh March 31, 2012

To write a New Age English allegorical drama so radical as Jerusalem – as Jez Butterworth has done – with a degenerate drug dealer as hero and with all its attendant  violence and foul language, and almost instantly enjoy huge success with it in New York and London, and have it acclaimed as a modern […]

John McCullagh March 30, 2012

There was high praise indeed, and rightly so, last evening from our adjudicator Walter Ewart for Newpoint’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane.  I believe he was greatly impressed with every aspect of this interpretation, from the stage crew to the set, to the lighting, sound script, props, costume, the directing and most especially the acting […]