John McCullagh October 23, 2007
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We made mention a little while back of the Ragged School in Talbot Street. Let us take a step back 90 years and see who was in charge – and who were the other residents of Talbot Street in 1917, in the middle of the Great War.

1

Mary Byrne

3

John Boyd

4

M Murdock

5

Joseph Rigby

6

Mrs Baker

7

Mrs Chambers

9

Mrs Fox

10

David McComb

12

John Moffit

14

Miss Parker

16

Robert Morrow

17

John Stewart

18

William J Chambers

19

Mrs Preston

20

Miss Pace

22

James Kempton

23

Mrs Forsythe

24

A Lowans

25

James McGivern

26

Francis Mathers

27

Mary J Irwin

27d

Margaret Graham of The Ragged School

29

Agnes Sterrit

31

David Herron

Your editor was recently contacted by a member of the Lowans family abroad.  I note the above – at 24 Talbot Street of A Lowans – as the only reference to a surviving member of the Newry family of Lowans!

Irish and World Affairs 1917:

The last of the Easter Rising internees were released from jail
Sinn Fein elect de Valera as their President
Thomas Ashe died on hunger strike at Mountjoy Gaol
At the Battle of Messines in Flanders, the 16th (Irish) Division fought alongside the 36th (Ulster) Division
Francis Ledwidge (b. 1887) was killed at the second Battle of Ypres

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