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Please note that we have changed the date for our August outing to Clare Castle ruins. The trip will place on Thursday AUGUST 15th 2019. Meet in the Square, Poyntzpass at 6:30pm to join the cavalcade, or join us at the ruins at 7pm.
Not history related, but someone from 200 years ago would be surprised to see this field in the townland of Greenan in the month of May. What is being grown?
The Book of Kells is now available online. There’s a prize for the first person to find a reference to Poyntzpass (which of course would be quite impossible). https://digitalcollections.tcd.ie/home/index.php?DRIS_ID=MS58_003v#searchresults
Here’s an interesting newspaper article from 1919. Where is Rafferty’s Corner? Is the first name Ringham still in use?
Our next Society outing is on Thursday 2nd May to St. Mary’s Church and Graveyard, Drumbanagher. Everyone should make their own way to the Church for a 7pm start. Everyone welcome and hope to see you there!
Here’s a pleasant photograph of Loughadian bog outside Poyntzpass. Back in the year 1759, this would have been a lake. But in 1760, William Fivey had it drained to feed into Acton Lake (Lake Shark) and raise the level of Acton Lake, which in turn feeds that Canal running to both Newry and Portadown. We can only imagine what Loughadian lake looked like in 1760, but when it was drained, a variety of stone age or Celtic implements of war were found such as spear heads, swords, hatchets and flint missiles. Later in 1796 and a curious boat was dug up and in 1797 a golden tiara was found.
Wee reminder – our Dawn Chorus is at 5:30am on Saturday. Meet at the top of the Canal tow path near the railway signal box. Breakfast afterwards in Petty Sessions. If you have not been before then I highly recommend it.
Did you miss last night’s talk by Robert Morrow? Oh dear! Well, here he is singing a song called “Barrett’s Privateers”. It was written by a Canadian folk singer called Stan Rogers about a Royalist privateer from Nova Scotia called Elcid Barrett. In 1778 he was granted a letter of marque by King George to plunder American (or ‘Yankee’) vessels during the Revolutionary War, but his ship is destroyed and he’s killed in battle with the Americans. The last survivor recounts the tale through this shanty. https://youtu.be/sxxgtmZg0Zw
Don’t forget – our Talk this evening is by Robert Morrow