They were calmer, more relaxed times then. Only the shopowners – in this case, Long’s Grocery Store, O’Hagan’s Hardware, Mitchell’s General Wares – and the ‘gentry’ – perhaps the manager of the Tax Office in the foreground – owned cars.
I have had a few friends recently enquire about this long demolished street in town. The lady in the picture below may have been going home that day in 1953 – or perhaps taking a short-cut to Hill Street through the Cathedral grounds.
A few hundred yards upstream from here was that part of the County River known as Sandy Bottom; this part of the river was a favourite swimming place for the Newry youth in the days before the opening of the local swimming pool.
There were few tractors in the 1940s and early 1950s and horses did most of the work. There were many blacksmiths in the area; at Creggan, a mile down the road, Jack McKeown at Sheetrim, Cullyhanna, in Crossmaglen on the Monug Road, one at Ford’s Cross near Silverbridge, and my Uncle Mickey Boyle’s at Legmoylan, […]
Directly behind Fearon’s cottage was St Coleman’s College with its extensive grounds and football field. This was the place of many a pitched battle between ourselves and the college boys, who objected to our rite of passage across their field.