History

John McCullagh June 18, 2019

 Last run on the Bessbrook tram One local reporter shared the last tram run to Bessbrook, as it set out from the Edward Street terminus in January 1948, with a young boy, and one man and one woman.  This is his story.  In answer to his query, Mrs Hannah J Copeland replied that departure time […]

John McCullagh June 16, 2019

History of Newry Workhouse   [Part 2] by John McCullagh BA , BSc Prior to the 1830s some little local Poor Relief was sporadically offered – mainly through the Churches – in almshouses to orphans and to the most destitute.  Under the Poor Law Act of that decade a central Board, known until 1847 as the Poor […]

John McCullagh June 15, 2019

Northern Ireland’s post war housing stock was worse than that of any other part of the United Kingdom, despite having been spared the worst of the German blitz.  Most houses had been built before the First World War and they were grossly inadequate in quantity as well as in quality.     

John McCullagh June 14, 2019

No relief from poverty in Ireland existed before the 1840s, when 106 Poor Law Unions were established throughout Ireland. Newry Union, one of the largest and covering an area roughly equivalent to that of Newry and Mourne Council, provided indoor relief for 1,000 paupers. The Clerk of the Union and the Master who worked under […]