Industrial History

John McCullagh May 17, 2011

However we may come to know it, the Newry Navvy now stands on Sugar Island as a reminder of all the local workmen who not only laboured in the construction of the first summit-level canal in these islands, but also the local navvies who went out to construct further canals, railroads and bridges, and indeed […]

John McCullagh May 21, 2009

The photo below was unearthed from family archives.  Joe Larkin (top right) was a great grandfather of my wife.  We think they all worked in the Distillery in Dominic Street.

John McCullagh September 30, 2006

The Newry Ship Canal was built in the mid-nineteenth century by ‘Thomas Orme and Christopher Myers, Engineers respectively of the lower Lagan and upper Coalisland Canals‘. 

John McCullagh September 5, 2006

This historic building, on the way into Bessbrook was recently demolished. There are very few remaining anywhere in the district. They were located close to rivers where water could be diverted and utilised as a source of power.

John McCullagh December 28, 2005

Small farms continue to predominate in the Ring of Gullion, though fewer than before of those who occupy them any longer practise agriculture as their first occupation.  Still their use, or former use, has shaped the landscape.