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Reminder: Our next Talk is Thursday 9th April, and will feature probably the world’s greatest double act.
Here is an interesting link on “ANCIENT LEGENDS, MYSTIC CHARMS, AND SUPERSTITIONS OF IRELAND”. Do you know any local ones? http://www.libraryireland.com/AncientLegendsSuperstitions/Contents.php
Amateur golfer Harry Gaffney celebrates his recent hole-in-one at Banbridge golf club. Helping Harry celebrate is Hugh Daly. Keep up the practice Harry. There is still time to make the Irish Open (in 2035)
Great Talk tonight by John Campbell, covering various newspaper articles involving Poyntzpass, the Railway, the Canal, the Characters and events. Here is the picture, John discusses his subject with Mr J Lennon
It’s March. So next up is our own John Campbell who will be talking about the Pass in the Press on Thursday evening.
Some members of the History Society Committee take ownership of an old Railway sign for Poyntzpass. The Totem, as it is known, was originally made in the engineering works in Dundalk for the station when it was first opened in the 1850s. There would have been six totems at Poyntzpass, three on each side of the tracks. The totem would have been black with white writing and made visible at night with by candle light. Sometime later the totem was later repainted with black letters on a white background.
Committee member Bernadette Daly congratulates Dr Pamela Marshall after her eloquent and interesting talk on the History of the village of Mountnorris. Starting with the garrison fort in the 15th and 16th century, we were carried on a wonderful journey on the landscape, the people and the occupations. Well done Dr Pamela.
Don’t forget! Dr Pamela Marshall will be giving a Talk on the History of Mountnorris on Thursday at 8pm. Remember, entry to our Talks is free of charge and everyone is welcome.
Q. What do you get if you cross a medical person and a US law enforcement officer? A. You get Doctor Marshall. Come and hear Dr Marshall give a talk on a History of Mountnorris, in the Meeting Place, Poyntzpass at 8pm on Thursday 5th February