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. Why not add your email to our newsletter email list (right column) and get updates from this website. 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.

You can contact us. using the form at the bottom of this page. Please note: We do try to answer our e-mails, but usually the load is too great. We also have families, pets, and day jobs. All we can do is try. Unfortunately Poyntzpass and District Local History Society does not carry out personal family history searches.


Poyntzpass and District Local History Society has launched the 12th edition of its journal ‘Before I forget’
Click here to find more info.

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Various pictures of Poyntzpass Culture Night and an outing to County Tyrone in August

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Im May 2014, some of our Society members went on an outing on a Steam Train.

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In the summer of 2014, our Signal Box, the only remaining Victorian Signal Box on the Belfast to Dublin railway line got a face lift.

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Do you remember or have any stories about the Land Girls during the Second World War? If so, then please send us a message – we want to compile such memories and stories for our local area.

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Tonights attendance was 71 people. That’s also a lot of tea and dishes and chair stacking afterwards. Thanks to all the helpers.

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Excellent talk bonight by Geraldine Foley (PRO for the Newry & Portadown branch of Inland Waterways Ireland). Geraldine showed us very early maps for the Canal (crica 1690), then a 1703 survey map, and an 1831 repair survey map. We also saw the fruits of the labour of many volunteers who are opening up the Canal again bit by bit.

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Talk on Thursday 2nd October is a subject we all know and love in Poyntzpass, the canal. Official Title is Newry Canal: Past Present and Future – by Geraldine Foley

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Excellent Talk tonight kicking off our year. Cormac McSparron from Queen’s University Belfast spoke on the Danes Cast, The Dorsey and The Black Pigs Dyke. Lots of information, theories and proposals on the dates of construction of the earth works, their purpose and the tribes that lived in Ulster at that time.

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Just a quick reminder, that if you are at a loose end on Thursday evening 4th September then make sure to come along to our first Talk of the year starting at 8pm in the Meeting Place, Poyntzpass

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See the new piece of artwork erected on the Canal Bank in Poyntzpass below. Each part of the art work represents a bit of the history of Poyntzpass. Can you name what each part represents?

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