1798 Re enactment

On "Bank Holiday" Monday 27th  August, Adrian travelled to Saintfield to take part in a 1798 re enactment.  At "Rowallen" Gardens, he was dressed as a rebel and given a pike.

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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 stooped figure collapsed and was taken to the home of his deceased friend and before the week was over he was also dead.  For two lives that had been similar and had shared so many trials over the years, thier passing was almost identical.  Yo may ask in the human race could there be coincidences in the lives of two men, born many miles apart, three years between them, separated by outside forces for many years, spread over three continents and yet united together again before their premature deaths?  The answer is yes in the lives of John Mitchel & John Martin, to whose memory this article is dedicated!

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Newry Townlands

The meanings of the names of the 23 townlands of Newry stretch far back into ancient times – listed below are their names and meanings.

Ardarragh (Ard darach) – "Height of oak trees"  Ard, "aheight" or "hill".

Benagh (Beitheanach) – "Place of birches" Beith "birch".

Carnacally(Ceathramha Mhic Eachmhilidh) – "MacCally's Quarter"

Castle Enigan(Caiseal Annagian) – "Annagain's stone fort"

Corcreechy(Corr chriochach) – "Marked out Limit" Corr, "limit" or "end".

Crobane(Cruach bhan) – "White Stacked Hill", Cruach "Stack" or "Rick"

Croreagh(Cruach riach) – "Grey hill".

Curley(Cuar bhaile) – "Crooked Townland", On the map this place looks like a raised umbrella.

Derryleckagh(Doire leaghta) – "Felled Oakwood", Doire – oakwood 

Desert(An diseart) – "The hermitage" or "Wilderness"

Edenmore(Eadan mor) – "Great Hill Face"

FInnard(Fionnabhair) – "White Plain" or "Place", Flonn, "White, "Fair"

Gransha(Grainseach) – "Granary, "Grange", in reference to monastery farm.

Lisnaree(Lios na righthe) – "Fort of the Kings.

Lisserboy(Liosar buidhe) – "Yellow Fort"

Loughorne(Loch eorna) – "Barley lake", It is said that a monster that once lived in the lake had a regrettable habit of ravaging the barley fields around.

Ouley(Ubhallach) – Place of apple trees.

Ryan(Raon) – "Track" or "Stretch"

Savalmore – "Saval Big", Savalbeg – "Saval Little", both from Sabhal – "Barn".

Shinn(Siobhan) – "Fairy knoll" or "Hillock".

Sheeptown ( an English name with an antiquity of some 300 years)

Turmore(Tur mor" – "Great paddock" or "Bleach green".



Loughorne is one of the 23 townlands that make up the Parish of Newry, Co.Down.  It is bordered by Shinn, Castlenigan, Carnacally, Lisserboy, Ringbane, Tullymurry & Aughnacavan.  It is an area which has seen many changes over the centuries, which has given it a rich legacy of history stretching into the distant past.
The townland is of an underlating surface with fertile soil which bears good crops of wheat, oats, barley and potatoes etc.  It is on a subtratum of reddish clay, which up until the 1900s was much used for manure.  The land rises gently from its edges, the west end of which is a muddy bottom and the east gravelly.

Loughorne takes its name from the lake found at its North end.  It is said that a monster once lived in it and had a regrettable habit of ravaging the barley fields around.  Thus "Barley lake" in its translation "Loch – eorna" gives us Loughorne.  In its heyday the Lake contained 51 acres, 28 in the Parish of Donaghmore, the remainder in Newry.  It containe dPike & eel and in the Summer was frequented by swans.  The Martin family, who lived close by, probably went out boating, as a boathouse use to stand in their lawn.
The famous John Mitchel often lay on its banks, with his children playing and rolling over him.

Sadly the lake has long since disappeared, probably being drained in the early 1900s, to provide farmland, unfortunately today, it is bogland, yet provides great wildlife habitat.


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 Mary Purroy, thus his middle name.
Sadly his life was cut short, when he died in a plane crash in 1918.  He is buried in "Woodlawn" cemetery, New York with his parents and Grandmother Jenny Verner Mitchel.
Her husband the patriot John Mitchel rets far away in the "Old Meeting House Green" in Newry, Co.Down about 5 miles form Loughorne.

grandson john mitchel

Donaghmore Presbyterian Church

donaghmoremeetinghouseIn 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 door is the inscription – Donoughmore Presbyterian Church, 1705, enlarged 1762, restored 1895.
Following are the list of Ministers over the Centuries and brief details of them.

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School Visit

On Fri 2nd July 2004 we had pleasure in welcoming 30 to 40 Children from St Francis' Primary School, Loughbrickland to the Trail.  They travelled in a large bus accompanied by their teachers, Mr McNally & Mr O'Malley to McCrum's corner, where they commenced to walk the Trail. 

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Book Launch

Marjorie Harshaw Robie launched her book in the historic surroundings of Linen Hall Library Belfast.

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Book Launch

On 13th March Marjorie Harshaw Robie, her editor Ron Donaghue & Adrian Murdock travelled to Ballymena for a book launch.   

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Most Enjoyable Book launch

The most enjoyable book launch for Marjorie Harshaw Robie was at Glenn "John Martin" Social Club on Thursday 6th March.

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