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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For anyone who missed our March Talk, Hugh Daly will be presenting a Short History of Clare Castle to the Markethill History Society at 8pm on Tuesday 24th April in the Old Courthouse, Markethill.
Just some of the sights you may encounter along the towpath. Why not get up with the lark & join us for a Dawn Chorus Walk with Joe Devlin this Saturday 21st @ 5.30 am? YES THAT’S 5.30AM!!! Bacon butties and a chat in Petty Sessions afterwards.
157 years ago today, the American Civil War began
Here is Robert Morrow at the end of his Talk yesterday giving us a quick rendition of the Confederate song “Kelly’s Irish Brigade”, with Bill Ferris playing the bodhran.
2018-19 TALKS PROGRAMME ======================== SEPTEMBER 6th 2018 (The Misses Savage Memorial Talk) Famine and the Whyte Family, Loughbrickland, by David Griffin OCTOBER 4th 2018 Local Superstitions and Beliefs in Animal Behaviour by Frank Watters Weasels’ funerals and blinking the cows! NOVEMBER 1st 2018 The 1835 Ploughing Match, by Roy Copeland A fatal event DECEMBER 6th 2018 AGM and Photographic record of Iron Acton Trip, by Hugh Daly JANUARY 10th 2019 The 1901 and 1911 Censuses, by Deirdre Graham Observations on our census returns FEBRUARY 7th 2019 Local Irish Speakers by Seán McClory Gaelic – a language beyond race, region, class or creed MARCH 7th 2019 Construction of the Canal and its impact locally, by Helena Gamble A ground-breaking subject APRIL 4th 2019 Local involvement in the 1798 Rebellion, by Robert Morrow Revolution and upheaval
2018 SUMMER OUTINGS ==================== SATURDAY 21st APRIL 2018 Dawn Chorus Walk with Joe Devlin (5.30 a.m.Railway Street, Tow-path) THURSDAY 3rd MAY 2018 Guided tour of Caledon Village (6.30 p.m.by coach) SATURDAY 16th JUNE 2018 Day Outing to The Hill of O’Neill, Ranfurly House, Dungannon (9.30 a.m.by coach) THURSDAY 5th JULY 2018 Picnic at the Windmill Stump and a performance of “The Ghost of The Winemill Stump” (6.30 p.m.meet in the Square – bring your own picnic!) 6th – 9th JULY 2018 Visit to Iron Acton, Bristol Poyntz Family homeland THURSDAY 9th AUGUST 2018 Guided tour of Derrymore House and The Friends’ Meeting House, Bessbrook (6.30 p.m. by car, meet in the Square)