1975 Monaghan St: Characters

In 1975 there were still eighty-five residents in Monaghan Street.  There was a  Grocers on the right (off picture) that was Canice McGovern’s, at the head of Bell’s Row.  The shop facing it, with the lorry parked outside it, was McArdle’s Bicycle Shop.

Crimmins’ had a drapery store further up the street on the left, where pedestrians are walking two abreast.  In this vicinity was the flats that was the first married home of Rhoda (Hughes) and John Patton – later to live, until now, in Derrybeg – and Kevin and Josephine Woods, soon to move to The Meadow.   Terry Murphy’s pub had a stables attached, for the convenience of mounted customers!  Remember Wee Mickey, his barman – ‘Shure! Shure!’

The McCulloughs later lived in Clanrye Avenue.  The McArdle family had originally come to Newry from South Armagh, as with many others.  Michael McArdle, who later had Sounds Good, still frequents the session in Railway Bar on Thursday nights.  Owen McNamee’s drapery store was famous.  Hugh McCrink had an Undertakers premises next to Martin Auden’s shop today.  May and Stephen Downey today live in Ardmaine Gardens.  The Palmers had a butcher’s close to where the photographer was standing.  Margaret Connell soon after this taught your editor’s sons in the Abbey Primary.  Was Bernard McKinley the musician whose photo is featured on the cover of the local history book, Turn Any Stone?

From the railway crossing to the Monaghan Row roundabout may be termed Upper Monaghan Street.  In 1975 there were still seventeen families residing there.


The McAlinden’s was originally a Home bakery.  Mrs McAlinden later moved to Belfast.  Some Crawleys had a Grocers in Canal Street.  Pat is today bursar in the Abbey Grammar School. May and Jack Doyle’s pub was at the head of the street (Railway Bar).  Their wedding photo features in the book just referred to, Turn Any Stone.  The street list then jumps back to the Railway Crossing to begin the even numbers of Upper Monaghan Street.  Hugh Gorman’s Hairdressers was then still in the charge of his father, Jack.  John McParland raised a large family next door, Derek, Grainne and Teresa’s names spring to mind.


The Bradys were cattle dealers.  Gerry McParland – the hardware store – was next.  Sandy McNeill, whose fields in The Meadow featured in Meadow Memories, lived near the junction with Monaghan Row and the Aiken’s and Rodgers’ families complete the list.


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