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Cullyhanna Outrage

My grandfather was present at the great Aeridheacht cultural festival in Cullyhanna on Sunday 6 June 1920.  It was an occasion of local rejoicing and celebration and a welcome relief from the stresses of the fraught political situation in the country.




Originally posted 2005-02-21 00:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Ring of Gullion

gap of the north

The Ring of Gullion, measuring roughly twenty-six miles by eleven and comprising some 15,000 hectares is defined topographically by the hills of the ring dyke. 

The formation is practically unique globally and is thought to date originally to at least fifty million years ago at a time of great plate tectonic movement, when a collision of two massive plates may have dislodged into the earth’s mantle an enormous pluton that had intruded into the bottom of the crust at this point. 

Originally posted 2005-06-07 12:51:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

17 th Century Happenings


When the most powerful chief in Gaelic Ireland, Hugh O’Neill, who had taken the English title of Earl of Tyrone, submitted to Lord Mountjoy, the Queen’s Lord Lieutenant at Mellifont Abbey in Louth in the early 17 th century, the English Conquest was all but complete.

Originally posted 2005-03-14 21:35:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Baggin’ a woman!


It was back in the oul’ days – about eighty or ninety years ago – and there was this chap and he needed a woman. He was about forty he’s self and a little bit past it …

Originally posted 2007-01-30 10:10:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Fairy Thresher

Mass Rock Newry

That winter night round the blazing turf,

The children on the hobs, the talk ran on

Most from the farmer and his sister Kitty

His wife not holding much with superstitions,

To rhyme and ramble through familiar stories

Of ghosts and fairies, witches, blinks and spells.

Originally posted 2005-08-14 00:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Cock of Slieve Gullion


‘Finn McCool was on the mountain this day with he’s wife, which of them I won’t be sayin’, for they do tell me he had more than one.  An’ he was sore put about when he heared that the Scotchman wus comin’ an’ he jist after a wakeness of sorts an’ still shaky on his pegs.  He’s wife though had her wits about her.

Originally posted 2004-03-29 00:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Abbott’s House or Castle?


The Environment and Heritage Service (EHS) is the Government body charged with the preservation of historic monuments and as part of a survey five and a half years ago produced an assessment of McCann’s Bakery.

Originally posted 2006-06-16 16:54:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Wolves on the prowl


Soon after our arrival in Canada, my father and Barney Quinn got a job with a local farmer, clearing bush from his land. Chopping away one day they spotted what they took to be a wolf eyeing them warily from a distance.


Originally posted 2006-08-27 00:06:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Chapel Street Rocks


When I was a youngster back home in Newry, a lot of enjoyment was spent on ‘The Rocks’ in Chapel Street. Along with the boys and girls from Chapel St, Boat St, Quay St, William St. and of course River Street, many hours were spent on those Rocks.

Originally posted 2006-01-14 11:30:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter