Famous Newrymen/ Shipping

Among the many Newry-born men who became famous at home and abroad were:

Hugh Grant, Mayor of New York in the 1890s

Sir Patrick Jennings, Prime Minister of Victoria, Australia

Charles Russell, Lord Chief Justice of England (1894-1900)

The Architects Thomas Duff and Robert Barre

Peter McParland, footballer

Pat Jennings, footballer




Most of the coal boats (colliers) which came up the canal from British ports were Fisher owned. The early ones were usually named after local places (Clonallan, Warrenpoint, Greencastle) but the later ones were named after trees – Oak, Ash, Elm, Aspen etc. Over the years four boats disappeared without trace – e.g. the Clonallon out of Swansea in 1904.

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