Bishop O’Doherty


It was about that time that the Bishop of Dromore, the Rev Edmund Mulhern went to his eternal rest. Our new bishop, a Derry man, Eugene O’Doherty was to be ordained in Newry Cathedral. This was great cause for celebration!

 All the streets of the town were adorned with papal-coloured bunting. In Chapel Street Niall McAteer was in charge of decorations, celebrations and the reception of our new Bishop to the area. He would, of course be visiting St Mary’s Chapel.

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Originally posted 2005-04-28 14:31:43. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Ateing House


The Ateing House was the only establishment of old where a farmer could get a ‘good feed’ like he was used to at home!

Of course this was in the days before there were fancy ‘restaurants’ and ‘caf

If truth be told, m’ own granny ran such an establishment in Monaghan Street during and between both Wars! That was the home where my mother gave birth to me AND to my older sisters.

But I do hope it was NOT granny’s Ateing House that featured in the following story!

Tam Dunne of Dromantee used to tell the story of the Newry Ateing House! The woman of the house prepared and served dinners on Fair Days (she may have done it every day, but Tam was there only on Fair Days).

The hungry farmer could get a slap-up feed consisting of fried steak and onions, with a mug of strong tea, for a reasonable sum.   Sometimes there were potatoes too, boiled in their jackets, and lashings of buttered bread.

The woman asked Tam if he wanted the steak plain, or ‘gobbled’.

He asked what the difference was, and she replied,

‘The gobbled steak is a penny dearer.’

‘Ah, well, so’, says he, ‘I’ll have it gobbled’.

When it was set on the plate, the woman began to ‘gobble’ or munch on his steak!

He cried out!

‘I’ll have it plain! I’ll have it plain.’

 Isn’t ingratitude an awful thing?!

I suppose today’s equivalent is to request your steak ‘tenderised’!

Originally posted 2006-02-18 12:07:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Characters of 50’s Magennis St


Dear only knows what the Cup was for, but that’s Eva Connell holding it up proudly.

The first two ladies on the back row are Doris O’Hagan and Kathleen Fagan.  The third is Maisie McCaul, Paschal McCaul’s mother and so grandmother of our contributor, John. 

Alice McKeown and Mary Rogan complete the back row.

Left front is unknown: then it’s Maggie O’Hagan holding the cat:  and finally Sarah McKay, Bernadette’s aunt completes the line-up.

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Originally posted 2005-06-07 11:54:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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