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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)
Not surprisingly, last night’s Talk on World War II by Helen Delahunty and Frank Watters was a very entertaining evening fulls of facts, figures, stories and humour some of which I cannot repeat due to ongoing censorship initially imposed in 1939. Subjects covered included the Yanks, Welsh, Belgians, Nissen Huts, Pill Boxes, Local problems and Local opportunities, Romantic Entanglements, POWs, Refugees and Remnants of that era.
Next Talk is Thursday 9th April in The Meeting Place, Poyntzpass and by Helen Delahunty and Frank Watters on World War II. Come along and hear about how the war affected Poyntzpass and how Poyntzpass contributed to Hitler’s downfall.
Date for your diary. This year’s Dawn Chorus will be on Saturday 25th April at 5:30 am. The venue is Canal Wood, between Jerrettspass and the Crack Bridge at the top of the Canal Bank. Breakfast afterwards in the Petty Sessions in Poyntzpass. The Dawn Chorus is a great event, very inspiring and very educational. Hope to see you all there! https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood/5398/canal-wood/
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)