Our magazine “Before I forget…” was first published in 1987 and this year we launch the 12th edition (2013). The articles published are largely based on talks given to the society. All of the magazine articles below can be viewed by clicking on the links. You must have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to view the magazine articles. There are still some copies of Volumes 8,10, 11 and 12 available costing £5 and they can be ordered by contacting us here.

Issue 1 1987 Issue 2 1988 Issue 3 1989 Issue 4 1990 Issue 5 1991 Issue 6 1993 I Issue 7 1994 Issue 8 2000 Issue 9 2003 Issue 10 2009 Issue 11 2012 Issue 12 2013

Before I forget…

1987 Issue 1

Archaeological Sites in Parish of Aghaderg By John Lennon

Local Gates and Gatemakers By Dympna Murphy

Tandragee…… Some Historical. Notes By K. Kilpatrick

Loughbrickland…. Famine Correspondence By John Joe Sand

Tourists and Evacuees By Mick Waddell

Dr. W. R. McDermott By Frank Watters

Lissummon By Mary Goss

“Wish you were here” Markethill c.1910

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Issue 2 1988

“Them Times” By Sarah Savage

Jerrettspass and District By Andrew Halliday

Landlords and Tenants in Co. Armagh (text) By Joe Canning

Animals -their ailments and cures in earlier days By Ross Chapman

Mavemacullen Townland (text) By Harry O’Hare

Fourtowns Presbyterian Church By Griffith Wylie

Fairs and Assemblies in Ireland By John Lennon

“The Hirin’ Fair” By Sarah Savage

The Newry and Armagh Railway and Lissummon Tunnel By John Campbell

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Issue 3 1989

Local Place Names By Sean McClorey

The O’Hanlon Dynasty By Neill Mc GIenno

Taniokey By Rev. C. Scott

Pre-famine Poverty in Aghaderg By John Joe Sands

Mullabrack Parish By Rev. F. Noel

Old Banbridge By David Griffin

A Country Practice through three generations By Dr. P. Marshall

Postcard Views of Tandragee 1900 1910

Ploughmans Song

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Issue 4 1990

The Great War By John Campbell

The Newry Canal By M. J. Waddell

Local Architecture By John Morton

Diamond Jubilee By Sara Savage

Wells By D. Murphy and M. Savage

Collecting and Listing Postcards By D. Quail

Dreaming By Sara Savage

Local Petty Sessions By Frank Watters

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Issue 5 1991

The Stranger in County Armagh By Joe Canning

The “English” Language in Ireland By Sean McClory

Growing Up In The 1920’s By Bill Hanna

Edward McCaffrey’s Diary etc.Emigrants’ Letters

Three Local Schools By Griffith Wylie

The Photographs of Robert HarveyHandloom Weaving By John McAtasney

Acton and the Poet John Quin By Terry Murray

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Issue 6 1993

The Music of the ‘Pass By Andrew Halliday

Our Day Out (1) The Argory By Poyntzpass C. P. S.

The Late John Joe Sands By John Lennon

The House that Martin Built By J. J. Sands

Our Day Out (2) The Ulster History Park By St. Joseph’s P. S.

Walking the Line By Joe Mackle

Road Works at Mullabrack By William Quinn

Local Commercial Architecture By John Morton

Walking with Yesterday By Sodilva Murphy

Memories of the “Pass Fair Day By Sara and Minnie Savage

Growing up in the “Pass in the 30’s” By Tommy Morrow

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Issue 7 1994

Fairs and Markets By David Wright

An Indenture

Early Cars Poyntzpass By Poyntzpass C.P.S.

Sinton’s Mill Tandragee By Loma Quin

The Memoirs of a Hunting Man By George Bryson

The Postcards of W. J. Napier

Apple Growing in N. Armagh By Brian McGrane

The Night of the Big Wind, 1839 By Frank Watters

Dances and Fairs of Long Ago

Vikings for a Day By St. Joseph’s P. S.

The Pruntys By Griff Wylie

Members of Poyntzpass and District Local History Society

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Issue 8 2000

There are still some copies of Volumes 8 available costing £5 and they can also be ordered by contacting us here.


From the Beef Shop to the Boot Shop By JohnCampbell

Spence Bryson, Co Ltd Linen Weaving Factory Markethill By Dr. P Marshall

Wills By Jimmy Clulow

Jimmy Clulow – An Appreciation1914 – 1995

We will never forget Poyntzpass By Francois Brichot

Bad Day at Magill’s Ford the Battle of Gilford By Eric McElroy

ObituariesKnights of the Road By Dympna Hamilton

Sarah Savage – An Appreciation“There must have been something in it” By Frank Watters

Acton Parish Church By Barbara Best

Acton (Old) Graveyard Headstone inscriptions (Text)

Acton Parish Churchyard (Poyntzpass) Headstone inscriptions

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Issue 9 2003

Cures and Charms by Frank Watters

“Are ye fer hirin’? “ by John Campbell

Charles Davis Lucas VC by Griffith Wylie

The Clog Ban or Bell of Ballinabeck by Ross Chapman

‘About the crops upon the hill’ by John Quin

All the world’s a stage by Mickey Waddell

Dolly Monroe – the famous Irish beauty by Eric McElroy

ObituariesThe Christmas Rhymers

The Role of Women and Children on the Farm in the 1920s


Martha Randall and Acton National School

Jesse James and Ned Kelly – a local connection

Cremore Presbyterian Church 1802 – 2002

Cremore Presbyterian Churchyard, Headstone Inscriptions

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Issue 10 2009

The Windmill Stump – by John Campbell
Six Local Heroes – by Griffith Wylie
In Stable Byre and Sty – by Ross Chapman
St Josephs Church – by Michael Anderson
A Memorable Funeral_John Alderdice – by Jessie Kidd
The Harshaw Diaries – by Tim Ferris
Eileen Ledlie – by Barbara Best
Drumbanagher House and Gardens – by Myles Reid
The Rev. William Frederick Johnston – by Canon Michael Barton
Acton and Poyntzpass Fairs – by Frank Watters

There are still some copies of Issue 8 and 10 available costing £5 and they can also be ordered by contacting us here.

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Issue 11 2012

Poyntzpass and District Local History Society has launched the 11th edition of its journal ‘Before I forget’. The 100-page journal offers a range of articles covering a wide span of activities in the area and beyond. These include local sporting heroes, famous citizens of Tandragee, a tale of fraght landlord-tentant relations in Jerretspass in the 1880s. the dramatic events to St. Patrick’s Day 1869, the diary of a voyage to Australia and the rise and fall of the Inness family of Dromantine. There is also a history of local pubs, an account of medical provision locally in the days before the NHS, a selection of local dialect words from the collection of Seamus Murphy and the days when many of the essentials were delivered to the door are recalled in the John Campbell’s article entitled ‘Any sign of the bread man?’
Costing only £5 ‘Before I forget..’ represents great value and will certainly prove very popular. Copies can be ordered by contacting us here.

Any Sign of the Breadman? by John Campbell
The Words We Use  by Seamus Murphy
A Local Episode in the Land War  by Joe Canning
The Diary of a Ship’s Drover  by Kathleen Smart
Famous Trandragonians by Gabriel McDonnell
A Drop of the Hard Stuff by Helena Gamble
The Innes Family of Dromantine by Helen Delahunty
Local Medical Provision by Deidre Graham
St Patrick’s Day 1869 by Tim Ferriss
Local Sports Stars by Frank Watters


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Issue 12 2013

The gruesome murder in Liverpool, in 1929 of Loughbrickland-woman Alice McClory’, is recalled in the latest edition of The Poyntzpass and District Local History Society’s magazine ‘Before I forget…’ which was launched on Friday last. This is just one of a wealth of fascinating articles in this edition of the Society’s very successful journal which is sure to prove very popular with readers at home and abroad.
Owing to several prior engagements, Lord-Mayor of Armagh Councillor Robert Turner, was unable to be present at the official launch but met members of the Society earlier in the evening when he was presented with a copy of the journal by the Society’s Chairman Tim Ferriss. The Lord-Mayor said that he was sorry not to be able to attend the later function but was delighted to recommend the latest edition. He had read and thoroughly enjoyed the previous eleven editions and eagerly looked forward to reading this latest volume.
Later the magazine was launched by the Lord-Mayor’s predecessor in the office, Councillor Sharon Haughey-Grimley.
Society Chairman Tim Ferriss welcomed Councillor Haughey-Grimley and thanked her for coming. He said that the magazine, of which the Society could be very proud, was the result of a lot of work by the four members of the sub-committee. He thanked them for their efforts. He extended the Society’s gratitude to those who had researched and given talks to the Society and whose work appears now in written form. He thanked all who had helped in any way and especially the local businesses who had supported the magazine by placing adverts in it.
Councillor Haughey-Grimley thanked the society for inviting her to formally launch the magazine in the absence of the Lord Mayor. She congratulated the members on an excellent production which reflected great credit on all involved. She said that the study of local history was for many people a passion and source of great pleasure. She knew how popular previous editions had proved to be and had no doubt that Number Twelve would be equally successful.
Society member Ross Chapman said that it was difficult to express in words the ethos of the Poyntzpass Society. There rare mixture of excellent speakers, informality, humour, friendliness and interesting activities which actively involved the members. The Society was founded in 1971 and with well over 100 paid up members and an attendance at monthly lectures often exceeding 70 throughout the winter months. The production of 12 volumes was remarkable and illustrated what could be achieved when there was a mixture of camaraderie, enthusiasm and ability. The Society was lucky to have all three in abundance.
Speaking on behalf of the magazine sub-committee, Frank Watters stressed the importance of the talks given to members at the monthly meeting as a source of material for the magazine. The content of the current magazine consisted of two types of local history – that based on research of written records of one kind or another and that which was recording oral or spoken history – people’s memories of what they experienced themselves and what they had been told. The latter was the much more urgent and was an area where the Society should try to be more active.
‘Local aspects of the Plantation of Ulster’, ’Livestock Marts and Dealin’ Men’, the story of ‘The Acton and Tyrone’s Ditches Volunteers’ and ‘School-days remembered’ as well as many more varied and interesting articles. There is the text of a very interesting interview with Lissummon ladies, Sara and Minnie Savage recorded 30 years ago and the transcriptions of headstone inscriptions in St Joseph’s Poyntzpass and Poyntzpass Presbyterian churchyards, which are sure to provide hours of interesting browsing.
Over 100 pages long and costing just £5 ‘Before I forget..’ is a genuine bargain and is sure to be a best seller. Copies can be ordered by contacting us here.


Issue 1 1987 I Issue 2 1988 I Issue 3 1989 I Issue 4 1990 I Issue 5 1991 I Issue 6 1993 I Issue 7 1994 I Issue 8 2000 I Issue 9 2003 I Issue 10 2009 I Issue 11 2012 I Issue 12 2013