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A brief report of our recent Dawn Chorus. T’was was a very cold, but most beautiful morning with mist lying on a calm Acton Lake. Eighteen hardy souls were led by our host Joe Devlin, who brought checklists of the birds we might see and hear. Joe, an immensely knowledgeable (and patient!) man, had a smart phone app which played the bird songs we were trying to find. We were delighted to spot at least 26 different birds, plus quite remarkably nobody fell into the Canal. Afterwards we retreated to the Petty Sessions for a good breakfast and stories of what we were going to achieve the rest of the day. Hopefully see you all again next year.
Just a wee reminder – our very popular Dawn Chorus is on Saturday 23rd April. Meet at Moody’s lock beside the signal box in Poyntzpass at 5:30am. Yes, 5:30am. The event will be hosted by our local ornithologist Joe Devlin, who will point out the various songs and species. I highly recommend it for all the family. Bonus: bacon butties will be served in the Petty Sessions afterwards.
Some good photographs covering the opening of the new Poyntzpass Primary school in 1972. Great fashion statements and hairstyles. Do you recognise anyone? https://newryreporter.smugmug.com/News-Sport-Photographs-1972/Week-36-7th-September-1972/
2016/17 PROGRAMME – TALKS: SEPTEMBER 1st 2016 The Misses Savage Memorial Talk Greenore Boating Tragedy 1916 November 2016 is the 100th Anniversary by George Beatty OCTOBER 6th 2016 The Village Pump Communal water supply by Brian McElherron NOVEMBER 3rd 2016 1916 – 100 years ago Significant anniversaries in Ireland and Europe by Helena Gamble and John Campbell DECEMBER 1st 2016 Annual General Meeting and local entertainment JANUARY 5th 2017 Taylorstown Races Memories of the point-to-point races by Edwin Bryson FEBRUARY 2nd 2017 Extracts from Lady Muriel Close’s Diary Moving into Drumbanagher House in 1903 by Gillian Close MARCH 2nd 2017 The Rev. John Hall (1829-1898) The Ballygorman man who became known as “The Presbyterian Bishop of New York” by Rachel Magowan APRIL 6th 2017 Island House and Faulkner B. Small A Fourtowns farmhouse through two centuries by Roy Copeland
2016/17 PROGRAMME – OUTINGS: 1. Saturday APRIL 23rd 2016 Dawn Chorus walk with Joe Devlin. (5.30am at Moody’s locks.) 2. Thursday MAY 5th 2016 Tour of Greenore with George Beatty (6.00pm by coach) 3. Saturday JUNE 18th 2016 Day Outing to the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh. (9.00am by coach) 4. Thursday JULY 7th 2016 Picnic in Dromantine. (Bring a picnic; meet at the front of Dromantine at 7.00pm) 5. Thursday AUGUST 4th 2016 Guided tour of Glenavy Village. (6.00 pm by coach)
Some random photographs from tonight’s Talk on the Fivey Family of Union Lodge. Deirdre Graham introduced proceedings, and handed over to Hugh Daly who had some unfortunate technical problems with Powerpoint but still managed to illustrate the origins of the surname, and various aspects of the lives of three William Fivey’s (grandfather, father and son).
Next Talk is Thursday 7th April at 8pm. Hugh Daly will tell us all about the Fivey Family of Union Lodge
Old house in church St Poyntz pass before demolition last week. . Was once beatties public house
Here are some pictures of a plough made by blacksmith Barney Conlon from Poyntzpass in 1892. The plough looks in great shape and is a tribute to the craftsmanship of the Barney