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Well, that was a very entertaining Talk tonight by Brian Canavan entitled “Canavan’s Bar Through Living History”. Brian described the history of the pub, the characters and key events. The Talk was adeptly introduced by our Deputy Chair Person Helen Delahunty (on picture left) and diligently researched by Fiona Bryson (in picture on right). A special thanks also for the informed input to the Talk by our Overseas Correspondent William Morrow who provided the perspective from earlier years. We also had one of our largest audiences ever with just over 90 people in attendance.
Next Talk is on Thursday 5th November by none other than Brian Canavan. The subject is Canavan’s Pub – Its History and Characters. See you at the Meeting Place at 8pm.
Here is a picture of Gilford Bowling Club in County Down. Recognise anyone? I think the picture was taken in the late 1940s or early 1950s
Not many digital cameras back then..some photos shown at history talk on Thursday night on Francis Carvill by Michael mc Keown . Very informative .
Chairperson Helena Gamble with speaker Michael mc Keown who gave a very informative talk about Newry entrepreneur and philanthropist Francis Carvill to a well attended audience
Our next Talk is on Thursday 1st October at 8pm and the subject is the Carvill Family Papers. Don’t miss it!
Fancy a step back in time? Want to get a glimpse of what life was like in Poyntzpass village back in 1911? Well then, take a walk through the streets of our village and read the blue plaques. The blue plaques were created by the young scholars from our two Primary schools who researched the 1911 census, identified who lived where and created these wonderful plaques for each residence.
Sneak preview! Come and see the world premier in Poyntzpass on Friday 18th September at 8pm in the Church Hall https://vimeo.com/139621930
Q. What has these three places got in common? Fenwick Pass, Staghernag Pass and Poyntzpass?
Excellent and entertaining Talk last night by our very own Robert Turner on the subject “34 Years as a Elected Representative”. There was over 75 people in attendance comprising all the usual suspects plus a couple of local politicians and even some visitors from Australia.