Death of Shane O’Neill

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We wish to demonstrate by this present series of historical articles on the mid-sixteenth century and the role of Shane O’Neill in particular, that Nicholas Bagenal – the ‘hero’ of ‘Bagenal’s Caisle

Mr Justice Dowdall and Thomas Stukeley were sent by the English Government to Shane O’Neill for the purpose of conferring with him but they met with little success. 


In contempt the proud O’Neill stated that he never made peace with the Queen except at her own seeking and he arrogantly boasted that he would keep from O’Donnell his country (Donegal) and Newry from Bagenal and Dundrum from Kildare.


Even the English Deputy acknowledged O’Neill’s strong position: he was, he said, ‘the only strong and rich man in Ireland who could bring into the field of battle 1000 horse and 4000 foot soldiers. He could burn and spoil with impunity even to the gates of Dublin‘. 


In Newry Nicholas Bagenal despaired completely and in March 1567 he made a bargain with the aforementioned Thomas Stukeley to sell to him all his lands in Ireland, together with the office of Marshall. The price was

Forced emigration


The disgraceful extended incarceration of four Mayo farmers for protesting the danger to their lives and families from Esso’s high-pressure gas-lines running contiguous to their homes, brought to mind the similar treatment of their forebears a century and a half ago from occupation landlords.

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Patrick Rankin


Patrick Rankin was the only Newry man to take part in the 1916 Rising in Dublin.  He was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. 

The local drive to reorganise came from Newry, where the Centre (the man charged with organising and coordinating between groups and individuals) for the County was Robert Kelly of the town.  Other County Down members in Newry then included George Cahill, Frank Patterson, James Morgan and Edward McCann.  Henry Murphy of Castlewellan was also in the IRB.  Newry man John Southwell was the Centre for Armagh.  Southwell from Dominic Street joined the IRB in 1910 and was to become the Secretary of the Ulster Council and one of the principal organisers in Ulster.  He played a leading role in establishing the Irish Volunteers in the Newry area.  Under the initiative of Bulmer Hobson and Dublin republican, the Ớ Raghalliagh the Irish Volunteers were formed in 1913 with Eoin Mac N

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