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.  

John McCullagh November 30, 2005

The centre of the S Armagh village of Keady is dominated by a granite and freestone monument, executed in 1871, to the industrialist and politician William Kirk, to whom the village owes its early prosperity – if not indeed its very existence.  

John McCullagh July 9, 2005

Newtownhamilton, says an old copy of the Armagh County Guide, is named after its founder who in 1770 established a settlement here in the Fews Mountains, following two previous unsuccessful attempts in the neighbourhood. The COI Primate of adjacent Armagh

John McCullagh March 10, 2005

The Butter and Egg Market was erected in 1874 in Market Street, at the foot of High Street.  I shall have to make a return visit to my friend, Ben Hughes who still resides in the locality, to revive my memories of those few details of it that he shared last time with me. 

John McCullagh January 10, 2005

The White Linen Hall in Newry was built about 1783 to promote the direct export from Counties Down and Armagh of linen products manufactured there and to bypass the services of dealers in Dublin.  The spinning-wheel motif and the crowned harp on the piers of the gate date from this period.  The crowned harp symbolises […]

John McCullagh December 30, 2004

John Mitchel is even today frequently lambasted for claims he made that British policy towards Ireland after the Union was deliberately designed to remove the great mass of poor from their holdings, the land, the country and the face of the earth.  Yet Reports from Commissions of Inquiry set up by successive British governments – […]