Historical Articles

Old Family names of Loughorne

From the 1900s to the present day, many family names, which were once familiar in Loughorne have now disappeared.  Two families, which we consider here are the Cleggs & Raineys.

Funeral of Henrietta Mitchel Martin

Over 90 years ago the funeral took place to the "Old Meeting House Green" in Newry of an elderly, almost forgotten lady, who was the last link with a group of forward thinking young men, who made a name for […]

My Grandfather

The Grandfather of Adrian Murdock was Andrew Murdock of Lisnaree, he was the eldest child of Thomas & Maria Murdock, he was born in September 1870.   He attended School at Shinn and when he was about 30, he married Sarah […]

Mitchel & Martin Article

On a wet March day in 1875 a frail man aged beyond his years stood at the graveside of a lifelong friend in a secluded cemetery in the centre of Newry, Co.Down.  As the service drew to a close, this […]

John Purroy Mitchel

John Purroy Mitchel became Mayor of New York in 1912.  He was grandson of the famous John Mitchel 1815 – 1875.  His father James lost an arm in the American Civil war, fighting on the Confederate side.  His mother was […]

Donaghmore Presbyterian Church

In the Parish of Donaghmore where the four townlands of Lisserboy, Loughorne, Tullymurry & Aughnacavan meet, stands the Presbyterian Church of Donaghmore. It has been on the site from 1705, yet the present Church dates from 1895. Above the main […]

John Martin

Although born into the privileged life of a landed Presbyterian family, John Martin laid it aside to serve his suffering fellowman through the dark days of the Famine.  He also endured exile to a foreign land because he sought to […]

The Ruined Bower (From James Harshaw’s Diary)

Dec'r 15th fine dry day – John finished sowing of wheat on his field. Master Brown better the Dandy visited Mrs Kirk 16th fine dry day – continued to plough the bigfield John in Newry and brought out my insurence […]