However much Gaelic games dominated the sporting scene in the 1960’s – and filled the pages of the local press with team photographs and match reports, it remained a closed world as far as I was concerned all through my teenage years.
Awareness that a whole social and sporting culture existed of which I was not – and apparently could not – be a part, soon followed.
What games did we play in yesteryear?
Well, it depended on ‘The Seasons’:
not those with which you are now familiar, but our own seasons;
you know, the ‘marley season’, the ‘caddy season’, etc.
The Pillars were a soccer team of Newry/Bessbrook some sixty years ago. Sadly the majority here have passed on. But still very much alive and the donor of the photograph, is Dickie Rodgers, third from the left at the back.
The Kilkeel Ramblers of 1945 consisted of Pat Hudson (the photographer here) and (L-R)
Frank McCann, Helen Fearon, Alma Nicholson, John McConnell, Tony Cunningham, Teresa Hudson, Maura Morgan and Tom Quinn.
In the middle part of the last century there was many a pitch-and-toss school in and around Newry. The one I remember most was the one in
A once-in-a-lifetime memory from Peter Hughes, who works as a librarian in Summerhill, Co Down . . .
‘I was born on 26th March 1967. I grew up in the town of
There were no factories or offices on Greenbank Estate in my youth. There was The Showgrounds, or soccer ground, but there also was – wait for it! – TWO dog tracks! Owners, bookies and punters would travel from far and wide to ‘go to the dogs’ in Newry. During the summer, race days were Wednesdays and Sundays, leaving Jack Mullan’s track after the first meeting and then into Matt O’Hare’s. In the winter months it was Sundays only but both tracks, so again it was out of one and into the other.
The year was 1985. I was employed by Fords at Dagenham and I happened then to be player manager of a departmental football team.
It was a Sunday morning and as usual my team was playing a league game at the Ford Sports Centre, Rush Green in