Charter of Newry: The Context


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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