Isaac Corry, Traitor


Isaac Corry was just 21 when he was first elected to the Dublin Parliament representing Newry. His failed opponent challenged the result and fought a duel with Corry where the former was slightly wounded.

 In later years Corry duelled also with Henry Grattan.  Puerile as this assumed manner of resolving political disputes appears to us, it was not then uncommon. Newry’s second M.P. of the time was Robert Ross, a prot

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17th Century Census


The Census of County Down 1659 [PRONI T497] distinguishes between Scotch (by which was meant Protestants of Scottish or English origin) and Irish (meaning native Irish or Roman Catholic). It was shortly after the rebellion of 1641 and the suppression that followed it. Cromwell’s vengeful and terrible retribution of 1649 was both bloody and protracted. His commander Colonel Robert Venables retook Newry from the native Irish, mercilessly and easily. Plague and famine swept the country.

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Castlereagh and Corry

The mid to late 1700s was among the darkest periods for the great majority of the Irish people, dispossessed, disenfranchised, barred from holding public office or filling most positions of employment because of their Catholic faith, landless and spoken of, and to, as inferior beings. The feelings engendered were exacerbated by living among others who were benefiting from the expanding Industrial Revolution of Britain. This prosperity was unashamedly built upon the ruthless exploitation of the resources (human as well as material) of the colonies. 

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Henry Joy : 3


Henry Joy McCracken was – like most of his family – a textiles manufacturer by profession. He ought to have succeeded, specialising in cotton, but his radical political outlook led to his neglect of his business, and Joy, Holmes & McCracken went to the wall.

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Newry Journal