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.
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Well done to the 24 people who attended our Dawn Chorus. Thanks also to our expert Joe Devlin for commentary.
Stepping away from ancient history for one moment, but history was made today when Rory Best was named as part of the team for the British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand. Rory’s father is from Poyntzpass and Rory’s aunt Barbara is our honorary treasurer. Well done Rory!
A reminder that this Saturday we have our very popular Dawn Chorus led by Joe Devlin. Meet in Sintons’ car park at 5:30am. This is a great event, very entertaining and educational and suitable for all age groups. Your children and grandchildren will love it, as well as your parents and grandparents. Here are a couple of useful tips: 1) Wear extra layers of clothes 2) see (1) above Tell people, bring your friends and relations and enjoy! Breakfast will be served afterwards in the Petty Sessions in Poyntzpass. Regards Poyntzpass & District Local History Society.
Outings for the Summer of 2017: 1) Saturday April 22nd – Dawn Chorus with Joe Devlin. Meet at Sinton’s car park, Scarva at 5:30am. Breakfast afterwards in Petty Sessions. 2) Tuesday 2nd May – Hillsborough Castle Tour. (6pm by coach) 3) Saturday 24th June (Day Outing) – Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin and Beaulieu House and Gardens, Drogheda (8:45 am by coach) 4) Thursday 6th July – Picnic (bring your own) at the Flagstaff. (6.30 pm by car, meet in the square) 5) Thursday 3rd August – The John Martin/Harshaw trail, with Adrian Murdock. (6.30 pm by coach)
2017-18 Talks Programme ===================== 1) September 7th, 2017 (The Misses Savage Memorial Talk) The Life and Music of Robert Burns (Songs and Poems) by Sheila McKeown 2) October 5th, 2017 Porter’s Shop (At the heart of the Jerrettspass community) by Gillian Ferris 3) November 2nd, 2017 From the Bog to the Bay (Echoes of a Poyntzpass childhood) by Ian Jenkins 4) December 7th, 2017 AGM (Local entertainment and Christmas supper) 5) January 4th, 2018 The Alexanders of Acton House (All things bright and beautiful) by Barbara Best 6) February 1st, 2018 Irish Dancing (History and Performance of Irish Dancing) by Catherine McAnulty 7) March 1st, 2018 The History of Clare Castle (Key events from 17th century to present day) by Hugh Daly 8) April 5th, 2018 The American Civil War (Local connections) by Robert Morrow
Pictured is Roy Copeland, Faulkiner Small and Brid Heron (one of our Society stalwarts). Roy delivered his Talk on Island House in the townland of Fourtowns outside Poyntzpass. One of the house’s earliest inhabitants was FB Small. Faulkiner Small in the centre of the photo is a descendant of FB Small. Over 70 people attended the event, the final of our Talks year. Well done Roy.
Another date for your diary. Our very popular Dawn Chorus will be held on Saturday 22nd April. Participants should meet at 5:30am in Sinton’s Car Park in Scarva. Breakfast will be served afterwards in the Petty Sessions. If you have never been to one of these events before then I strongly urge you to attend. Our local ornithologist Joe Devlin will lead, and will be informing us of the birds, their songs, habits, colours and shapes.
Just a reminder – our final Talk of the year is on Thursday 6th April. Dr Roy Copeland will speak on Island House and Faulkner B. Small – A Fourtowns farmhouse through two centuries. The Talk will commence at 8pm in the Meeting Place, Church Street, Poyntzpass.