Workhouse in Living Memory 2

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Nancy remembers only two school-going children, both boys, in her time and that towards the end. The wardmaster took the able-bodied to fields between the Workhouse and the Paupers’ Graveyard to cultivate the plots of potatoes and vegetables. As one photograph included here shows, there were cultivated plots also between the Reception Area and the Hospital Road.


There was also a piggery.  The intention was as far as possible to be self-sufficient in food.

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Workhouse 9

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 There were factors that featured on a national and wider scale, such as temporary agricultural recessions, government policies and the shift from cultivation to pasture.


The rising and falling trends of Workhouse admissions over Ireland can be traced to a combination of all of these. 

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Charter of Newry: The Context

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The town of Newry, we are told, was established in 1144 when Cistercian monks set up a monastery here.  Not so.

Some thirteen years later their position, wealth, power and influence were enhanced when the high king of Ireland, Murtagh McLoughlin, granted a Charter and bestowed lands on them, asking other temporal rulers to do likewise. It was not as simple as that.


 The context needs to be examined.

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Castle Street a century ago

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Streets of Yesteryear

1913 Castle Street

7 James Kelly

9 Margaret Doherty

11 William McShane

13 Mary McAnulty

15 William McGreavey

17 Robert Curran

19 Henry Curran

21 Patrick Murphy

23 Annie McGrath

25 William Nolan

27 Patrick McCartney

29 James McDonnell

31 Margaret Rowentree

33 Michael McKevitt, Pub

37a Alice Boyle

39 Henry Lennon

51 Patrick Heaney

53 William O’Gorman

55 Brian Bannon

59 Rosaleen Hughes

61 Mary Rafferty

65 Kathleen Hanratty

67 Catherine Toman

69 Francis Price

71 Patrick Carroll

73 Patrick Smyth

18 Eugene McAteer, Grocer

20 Bernard McAteer

22 Hugh King

ARTHUR McCANN, VICTORIA BAKERY

34 P Campbell, Shoes

36 Henry Butterfield

38 Annie Patterson

40 James Patterson

48 Kathleen McGuigan

50 Bro John V Mullins