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Our next Talk will be on Thursday 1st March in the Meeting Place (beside Rice’s Hotel) in Poyntzpass. The speaker will be Hugh Daly on the subject of Clare Castle which is beside Clare Glen and a couple of mile outside Tandragee. The Talk will start at 8pm sharp.
We had an unusual but brilliant Talk last night. Catherine McNulty, with her husband on accordian, talked us through the history of Irish Dancing and its influences over the years plus the county variations. Each piece was pleasantly demonstrated by young’uns whose names I cannot recall (old age, eh?). Anyway, a great night.
With the 157th anniversary of the First Battle of Bull Run approaching this July, we should remember that the American Civil War isn’t a distant historical event, and it had a much larger impact on Ireland, and Poyntzpass, than is ever told here. It’s oft-times forgotten how large an impact the war had on Ireland as a whole. The last Veteran only passed away in 1956. The American Civil War was the second-largest gathering of Irish-born men for war (200,000), second only to the Great War (210,000). 150,000 Irishmen fought in the Union Army and 25,000 with the Confederacy. The other 25,000 was made up by Irishmen in the Union Navy, in the militia companies of California and in irregular Confederate and Union forces in the west. It’s a shame that the war’s impact on Ireland has been largely forgotten by the majority of the population, but hopefully, in the not-too-distant future, interest will be revived and the war and its veterans, who are closer than you might think, will take their rightful place in our memories. Painting: The 69th New York at First Bull Run by Don Troiani
Our next Talk is on Thursday 1st February at 8pm in The Meeting Place, Church Street, Poyntzpass (behind the hairdressers). The subject Irish Dancing (History and performance of Irish Dancing) by Catherine McAnulty. Hope to see you all there.
Here is a map of Poyntzpass drawn in 1760 by John Rocque. In it, we can see a Windmill in Aughantaraghan (which would have been visible from the Canal Bank), two different spellings of the townland of Aughantaraghan, reference to Acton fort on the top right (there were three Acton Forts which presumably looked across at Lisnagade Fort). There is also a rather bizarre round shape beside where Charles Poyntz build his house. Finally, the current road through Poyntzpass hasn’t even been thought of yet!
Last Thursday’s talk by Barbara Best focused on the Alexanders of Acton House. Robert Quin Alexander (from Garristown, Co Dublin) married Gertrude Harriett Reilly from Scarvagh House, Scarva. They became tenants of Acton House in 1855, reared 7 children (2 boys and 5 girls). The Alexanders lived in the house until 1922 when it was purchased by the Best family. A great insight to life in a big house in the late 19th and early 20th century! Well done Barbara.
Excursion steam train heading through Poyntzpass. .from Dublin. .Belfast bound on New Years Eve past 2017
Just a reminder that our next Talk is Thursday 4th January at 8pm when Barbara Best will enlighten us on the The Alexanders of Acton House. See you all there!
Well done Robert!!