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.
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 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.