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John McCullagh July 16, 2019

My song for you this evening, it’s not to make you sad Nor for adding to the sorrows of this troubled northern land, But lately I’ve been thinking and it just won’t leave my mind I’ll tell you of two friends one time who were both good friends of mine. Allan Bell from Benagh, he […]

John McCullagh July 16, 2019

The Newry Highwayman In Newry Town I was bred and born In Steven’s Green now I’ll lie in scorn I served my time at the saddler’s trade And I always was a roving blade At seventeen I took a wife And I loved her dearer than I loved my life And for to keep her […]

John McCullagh July 11, 2019

Civil Rights Movement One knows one is ageing fast when yesterday’s happenings are surreal, like a dream, quickly forgotten, yet events of 50 years ago shine brightly in one’s memory. Today’s Irish News, ON THIS DAY column, recounts the events surrounding a Peoples Democracy protest in Armagh City on July 11 1969.  Despite the detail […]

John McCullagh July 11, 2019

Of these three submitted poems, two (namely ‘McParland’s Elder’ and ‘McGinn’) are character based poetic fictionalisations of various characters in and around the town (McParland and McGinn being two distinctly local surnames). ‘McParland’s Elder’ is an ode to the elderly of the city whilst ‘McGinn’ is the story of a man observing his own wake […]