John McCullagh January 20, 2010

One of the primary functions of this website is to stir fond memories of childhood.   What better way than to reflect on the words of that perennial favourite ballad "The Old House" ?

John McCullagh December 8, 2009

It was the early 60s.  Many working men still wore cloth caps, like the man passing John Temples in the background.

John McCullagh October 22, 2009

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.

John McCullagh September 4, 2009

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.

John McCullagh January 9, 2009

After the building and opening of the Ulster Farmers Bacon Factory sometime in the late fifties the canal and also the Bessbrook River became quite polluted and fell out of favour as a swimming spot.  

John McCullagh January 6, 2009

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.

John McCullagh December 14, 2008

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, […]

John McCullagh December 10, 2008

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.