Pre 1800

John McCullagh December 3, 2010

Contrary to frequently expressed sentiment, Newry Canal was not the first in these Islands, but the first summit-level canal; the first, that is, to be fed from a lake at higher level, in our case Acton Lake, some half-way along its length.

John McCullagh January 18, 2010

 Fynes Moryson, secretary to Lord Mountjoy who savagely laid waste to the country of Ireland at the turn of the seventeenth century to defeat the ‘rebels’,  was described as a ‘bookish man’ and was a learned fellow of Oxford – as was his master.

John McCullagh January 6, 2010

Even fellow military men recoiled in horror at the unprovoked massacre at Ballyholland in 1797.  Some felt it contributed to the popularity of the United men in an area that had till then been peaceable and uninvolved.