Welcome to the Poyntzpass and District Local History Society Web Site. On this site you will find information about our society and some historical information about Poyntzpass and the surrounding District. This site will be continually expanded and improved. You can also find us on Facebook – details are at the bottom of this page. It is our hope that this site will bring the history of the area to as wide a selection of people as possible, so if you like this site please bookmark it and make sure to tell your friends.
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On Thursday evening we were given a great talk by Bessbrook man Brian McElherron. Brian told us about wells, hydrants, hand pumps, bucket plates, drinking fountains, two wheel pumps, wooden pumps, augers, dowsers, irish cowtails handles and so on and so forth. Did you know that water pumps are a maximum of about 25 feet in depth? Early pumps in the nineteenth century were either force pumps, or lift pumps. Also instead of using mercury, you can build a barometer using water. Here are some photos, with Reverend Scott thanking Brian, Barbara and Frank discussing a newspaper article, Beryl enjoying a cup of tea and fig role and finally, birthday girl Helena celebrating her fortieth(???) birthday. Edit: Age needs seriously verified 🙂
Hello everybody. Our next Talk is on Thursday 6th October about the Village Pump (Communal water supply) by Brian McElherron. See you all at 8pm.
Some memories of the station master in Poyntzpass. First photo is William Porterfield in 1942. The second photo is his son Cecil Porterfield loading parcels from Annie Griffiths in 1946/47. The third photo is Cecil from a few years ago provided by his daughter.
“A PACKET OF ASSORTED NUTS” Anyone who didn’t get a chance to see the Pass Players performance of A Packet of Assorted Nuts on Culture Night, there will be another performance this Friday(23rd) in the Parochial Hall Doors open 8pm Adults £4, Children £2
Some dates for your calendar, if you happen to be in Belfast
Image care of GlenavyHistory.com
Tonight we had George Beatty tell us about the sad story of the Greenore Boating Tragedy. On the evening of 3rd November 1916 during a bad storm, the passenger boat Connemara sailing from Greenore was hit by a coal boat Retriever travelling to Newry and 97 people lost their lives in Carlingford lough. This year will be the hundredth anniversary. Pictured is George (centre) along with Hugh Daly and Brian Drage. Also, Roy Copeland is inspecting part of a sink recovered by divers from the wreckage.
Do you have any old photographs or newspaper clippings about stories or events in the Poyntzpass area that you would like to share? Bring them along to our Talks night and we will get them copied.
Our first Talk of the 2016-17 season is on Thursday 1st September at 8pm in The Meeting Place, Poyntzpass. The topic will be the Greenore Boating Tragedy of 1916 by George Beatty New members and visitors are very welcome!
Here’s a chance to experience some history!