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. You can also find us on Facebook – details are at the bottom of this page. 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 Here. 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.
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The latest edition of our popular journal can be purchased at the following outlets: 1) Poyntzpass – Petty Sessions; the Pharmacy; O’Malley’s Farm Shop; Trainor’s Spar and the Credit Union. 2) Camlough – SAFE Fuels; Bolton Filling Station. 3) Newry – Fiveways, Savage’s; Best Property Services. 4) Markethill – Muldrew Butchers; Ross Insurance. 5) Eleven Lane Ends – Fane Valley. 6) Tandragee – Joe Flanagan (Dry Cleaners); Credit Union; Filling Station; Co-op. 7) Banbridge – Donaghy’s; Walshe’s newsagents. 8 ) Gilford – Maginn’s Centra. 9) Loughbrickland – Doherty’s, Lakeside Stores, Spar. 10) Scarva – Visitors’ Centre 11) Lurganare – Brooks’ 12) Clare – Post Office
READ ALL ABOUT IT!!! Latest edition No. XIV on sale now…..
Just a reminder, our next Talk is on Thursday 2nd November @ 8pm in The Meeting Place, Poyntzpass.
Some of you will know that John Gillen passed away earlier this year in Chicago, USA. John was originally from Poyntzpass and lived with his aunt in Waddell’s lockhouse on the Canal Bank. Here is a copy of a 90th birthday card which John received from Barack Obama, who was President of the USA at that time.
Who remembers this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGIobZ9EIEM&t=221s
Culture Night 2017….outside Petty Sessions
This evening we heard Gillian Ferris tell us all about the history of Porter’s shop and post office in Jerrettspass. A wonderful presentation which had the audience fully engaged with stories of the postmen, customers and personalities from the area. With a postal theme, I would even say the Talk was First Class!
Reminder – Tomorrow, Thursday OCTOBER 5th 2017 starting at 8pm – Porter’s Shop (At the heart of the Jerrettspass community) by Gillian Ferris.
Back in 1997 some of our Society members visited homes in the village and surrounding area to take photographs of residents going about their daily lives. These photos were captured in an album which is stored in our museum. Ten years later in 2007, we repeated the exercise and again the photographs are stored in our museum and can be viewed by visitors. We are now 10 years further on and would like to repeat the exercise. Therefore next weekend (weather permitting), representatives from our Society will visit people’s homes or workplaces and will ask if they can take your photograph outside their home. The photographs and subject names will be stored in an album and placed in our museum. They will also be scanned onto our Society computer. We hope that everyone will participate, but we will also respect the wishes of individuals should they wish to decline.