100 years ago Warrenpoint

“As a seaside resort Warrenpoint year by year is gaining in popularity with English and Scotch, as well as Irish visitors. Its population at the last census was 1817 which represents the standing population, this being hugely increased during the summer season.

There were 721 males and 1096 females, Presbyterians being the most numerous followed by Roman Catholics, Church of Ireland and then Methodists and other sects. There were 443 inhabited houses listed in that Census (1911). 

The policy adopted by the Urban Council had been of recent years one of advancement and many schemes for the betterment of the town and for increasing its attractiveness have been taken up. Almost all the towns streets have been concreted, while the foundation stone of extensive new public sea baths have been laid by Mrs Hall of Narrow Water.

An active amusement committee is in existence and during the season it provides for the entertainment of visitors by arranging concerts, dances etc. while last year troupes of pierrots were engaged during the season at heavy cost. Saturday band promenades were also made a feature and proved most popular.

The visitor to Warrenpoint, in addition to enjoying some of the finest of Irish scenery in the precincts of the town, has many outlets for pleasurable excursions. The pretty little village of Rostrevor lies three miles further down the lough and an excellent service of hackney cars, motor-buses, trams and charabanc is constantly maintained, as well as to Kilkeel and Newcastle, the former a quaint old fishing town and the latter another seaside resort. The drive is unrivalled for the diversity of the scenery. From the coach can be seen the house where the late Lord Russell of Killowen lived while many other places of interest and beauty are at hand.

On the opposite side of the lough the visitor will find sufficient scope for antiquarian research and for indulging the artistic eye in scenic splendour, from Omeath to the ancient walled town of Carlingford with its myriad castles and its quaint old-world ambience.”

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