Culture

John McCullagh July 11, 2019

Of these three submitted poems, two (namely ‘McParland’s Elder’ and ‘McGinn’) are character based poetic fictionalisations of various characters in and around the town (McParland and McGinn being two distinctly local surnames). ‘McParland’s Elder’ is an ode to the elderly of the city whilst ‘McGinn’ is the story of a man observing his own wake […]

John McCullagh June 30, 2019

Yesterday evening my wife and I attended Julie’s superb concert in Rosemary St First Presbyterian Church, which featured also her husband Eamon Doorley AND John McIntyre and Zoe Conway – who are also husband and wife. I’d highly recommend you buy their new CD ‘Alt.’ Julie is my favourite singer in all the world!

John McCullagh May 30, 2019

‘A woman died an’ left her husband sorrowing with a baby boy.  He’s grief wus tarrable, but quick an’ sudden over like, as such griefs sometimes are.  An’ before he’s wife wus more than coul’ in the oul’ burial groun’ of Creggan, he’s fancy wus captured by another.  An’ in a short time he wus […]

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 […]