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Thursday nights talk about architect William Barre included a little bit of intrigue, romantic entanglement and heartbreak. When William died in 1867 he was aged 37 and single. His final Will gave most of his inheritance to a married woman called Ann Gillespie (nee McNamara) originally from Newry but living in Fermanagh, with strict stipulation that none of the money was to be spent by her husband. It appears that poor William had longed for Ann, and left her the equivalent of £20,000 in today’s money.
Reverend Scott congratulating Barbara on her excellent Talk.
The answer to our mystery is Mr William Joseph Barre (b. 1830, d. 1867). As well as designing Poyntzpass No.2 National School in Poyntzpass (commissioned by Colonel Close), William also designed the Crozier Monument in Banbridge, Albert Clock in Belfast and many others. Scrabo Tower would have been built to his design except for some skullduggery in the procurement process. An excellent talk by Barbara Best and attended by over 70 people.
Next Thursday’s Talk is on a murder mystery theme, without the murder bit and is entitled “Who designed Poyntzpass No.2 National School?” by Barbara Best. See you all for an 8pm kick-off.
If you missed the Talk tonight then you missed local man Seamus Murphy reminisce about growing up in Poyntzpass in the 1950s. Seamus brought back vivid memories of the village characters, their stories, their antics and quips. A very enjoyable evening indeed. In the picture below, Seamus is thanked by our new Chairperson Hugh Daly sporting a terrible looking sweater.
Please note the change of subject for our next Talk on Thursday 7th January 2016. Seamus Murphy will talk about growing up in Poyntzpass in the 1940’s.
Committee member positions elected at our recent AGM: Chairperson – Hugh Daly Vice Chairperson – Deirdre Graham Honorary Treasurer – Barbara Best Honorary Secretary – Beryl Drage Minute Taker – Helena Gamble Chief Librarian – Dympna Hamilton Talks Night Front of House – Brid Heron There is a rota kitchen duties on Talks night. Thanks and good luck to everyone involved.
We’ve been sent a number of photos along with a challenge. Can anyone name the subjects in the photographs?
Last week our past Chairperson Helena Gamble attended the National Railway Heritage Awards Ceremony in London. Our Local History Society had entered for an award on account of the work in saving the Railway Signal box from destruction. We made it to the final three and received a Highly Commended Certificate presented by Labour peer Lord Faulkner of Worcester. The awards ceremony took place in Merchant Taylor’s Hall, 30 Threadneedle Street, London and the picture was taken by official photographer Duncan Phillips. Well done to all those involved in preserving our Victorian era Signal Box.