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.
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Our first Talk of the 2015-16 season in on Thursday 3rd September, at The Meeting Place in Poyntzpass. Come and hear Robert Turner entertain us with recent history as an elected representative.
The Ulster Wildlife Trust are carrying out a survey in the Acton/Scarva area for endangered Barn Owls. If you see or hear a Barn Owl then please report it – contact details are on the website below. http://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/2012/08/23/have-you-seen-white-owl
Has anyone tried the new Guidigo application which features the local history of the Newry Canal? If you have a Smart phone, you can download the free app GuidiGO, and the Tour for the Newry Canal. The app uses your location to provide an augmented reality experience. Tell us what you think!
A little program about Tandragee and its historical characters. http://www.irishtv.ie/armagh-matters-49
Ladies, Gentlemen and others from Poyntzpass, there are still plenty seats left on the bus for the trip to Monaghan on Tuesday 11th August leaving the Pass Square at 6.30 p.m. Contact any of the Society Committee if you would like to go on the exciting extravaganza. Or else leave me a message here on Facebook.
You can now browse the registers of our local Catholic parishes, such as Ballymore & Mullabrack, Aghaderg etc. It is a bit hard to read, but useful all the same. http://registers.nli.ie/
Dont forget! Dawn Chorus Walk in on Saturday 25th April. Assemble at 5:30am at the Crack Bridge on Gamble Road at the bottom of the Canal Bank. Wear lots of warm clothes, walking boots or sturdy shoes and bring binoculars (if you have them). Breakfast afterwards in Petty Sessions. You’re all welcome!
2015-16 Programme – TALKS ======================== September 3rd 2015 Memorial Talk 34 Years as an Elected Representative, by Robert Turner October 1st 2015 The Carvill Papers, by Michael McKeown November 5th 2015 Canavan’s Pub – Its History and Characters, by Brian Canavan December 3rd 2015 A.G.M. and Local Programme January 7th 2016 The Strange Death of William McGivern, and Other Curious Incidents, by Seamus Murphy February 4th 2016 William Barre, Local & National Architect, by Barbara Best March 3rd 2016 Virtual Tour of The Pass, by Frank Watters April 7th 2016 The Fivey Family of Union Lodge, by Hugh Daly
2015/16 Programme – OUTINGS =========================== April 25th 2015 Dawn Chorus Walk, with Joe Devlin (5:30am at the Crack Bridge, Gamble Road) May 12th 2015 Guided Tour of Bessbrook 6:30pm by car) June 13th 2015 Day Outing Discover Slane – Including Guided Tour of Village & Castle (9:00am by coach) July 7th 2015 Picnic (bring your own) at Canal Wood (6:30pm by car) August 11th 2015 Monaghan Museum (6:30pm by coach)