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Just ten days to go until our annual Society excursion on Saturday 24th June. This year we’re going to Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin and then Beaulieu House in Drogheda. You’ve plenty of time to get your Sunday best attire washed, dried and ironed. The bus will leave Poyntzpass at 8:45am sharp. If you need any more information, then drop us a message.
A few more photos from our archive
Today’s puzzle – can anyone name any of the subjects in these photos?
We don’t normally post stories here, so this is an exception. An elderly couple had dinner at another couple’s house, and after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen. The two elderly gentlemen were talking, and one said, ‘Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great.. I would recommend it very highly.’ The other man said, ‘What is the name of the restaurant?’ The first man thought and thought and finally said, ‘What is the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know…. The one that’s red and has thorns.’ ‘Do you mean a rose?’ ‘ Yes, that’s the one,’ replied the man. He then turned towards the kitchen and yelled, ‘Rose, what’s the name of that restaurant we went to last night?’
Very informative tour of Hillsborough castle and grounds this evening
Hillsborough Castle is a Georgian country house built in the 18th century for the Hill family, Marquesses of Downshire, who owned it until 1922, when the 6th Marquess sold the mansion and its grounds to the British government. The Marquess of Downshire is a title in the Peerage of Ireland and was created in 1789 for Wills Hill, 1st Earl of Hillsborough, a former Secretary of State. The castle is the residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and the official residence in Northern Ireland of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal Family when they visit the region, as well as a guest house for prominent international visitors. Pictured are members of our Society getting a tour of the Castle.
Here is an old photo of Railway Street, taken by Napier for the Allen Brothers. The level crossing looks different from it is today. That’s because the original building was burned and rebuilt in the 1930’s.
Well done to the 24 people who attended our Dawn Chorus. Thanks also to our expert Joe Devlin for commentary.
Stepping away from ancient history for one moment, but history was made today when Rory Best was named as part of the team for the British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand. Rory’s father is from Poyntzpass and Rory’s aunt Barbara is our honorary treasurer. Well done Rory!