Category archives for: Old Newry

Newry Love Heritage NI 2016 event announced

EHOD 2015 opener

The Department for Communities has announced the programme of events for 2016 Love Heritage NI. Locations open to the public in the Newry area include Killevy Churches on Saturday 27th August from 11am -3pm. This site at the foot of Slieve Gullion contains back to back churches; the West Church dates from 11th Century and […]

‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Find out in PRONI


Culture Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, has encouraged people to avail of the records held in PRONI. The Minister was speaking before the broadcast of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ on BBC One. The Minister said, “Back in February, the BBC production team visited PRONI to help research the family history of writer and actor, […]

Famine remembered at Newry commemorative event


The deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Culture Minister Carál Nί Chuilίn have remembered the awful effects of the famine at the eighth annual famine commemoration in Newry. The annual commemorative event was organised by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DAHG) and this is the first time that the event was held […]

Retracing the steps of Famine emigrants in Warrenpoint

Caption: Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Cllr Naomi Bailie is pictured at Warrenpoint Harbour with Newpoint Players Donal O'Hanlon and Sean Treanor. The Lady Caroline ship set sail to New Brunswick, Canada from this point during the Famine. The Newpoint Players’ production 'Retracing The Steps’ , will seek to illustrate some of the realities of the Famine as experienced at the time, performed in Warrenpoint on Sunday 27 September at locations by the waterside from 2pm – 3.30pm.

One of the highlights of this year’s Annual Famine Commemoration will be the Newpoint Players’ production ‘Retracing The Steps’ which will be performed in Warrenpoint on Sunday 27th September at locations by the waterside from 2pm – 3.30pm. The scenes, written and devised by Sean Treanor and directed by Aveen Stewart, Emma O’Hanlon, Donal O’Hanlon […]

Letters to the Editor, ‘Is the Great Famine still with us?’

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Recent images of people from Syria and other countries fleeing their own lands across dangerous waters in flimsy boats with little or no possessions evoke the experience of Irish famine victims who left Ireland for a better life in Britain, Australia, and America. Whilst aspects of the Great Irish Famine, the policies, laws, […]

Newry to host exciting International Conference on the Great Famine


In the middle of the modern migrant crisis, with European countries attempting to accommodate tens of thousands of refugees, the National Famine Commemoration will this week cross the border into Northern Ireland. It is an opportunity to reflect on the similarities between the treatment of those now attempting to enter the European Union and the […]

Newry Museum 2015 Famine Commemoration events


The Annual Famine Commemoration 2015 will take place on Saturday, 26th September, in Newry. This is the eighth year in which the Great Famine has been marked with a formal Commemoration and the first time that the Commemoration will take place in the north of Ireland. In recognition of the fact that the Great Famine […]

New exhibition on transport opens at Newry Museum


On 28th May 2015, the Chair of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Cllr. Naomi Bailie, opened a new temporary exhibition ‘The world has become smaller: transport through the ages in Newry and Mourne’. The exhibition, which runs until 2nd May 2016, explores the development of transport in the area from prehistoric times to the […]

2015 Famine Commemoration starts with school events in Newry


Newry and Mourne Museum hosted a week of events for schools examining the effects of the Famine. This is part of an extensive programme of activities organised by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council for the 2015 Famine Commemoration taking place 26th September in Newry. To mark this event Newry and Mourne Museum presented its […]

Tracing your roots at Newry and Mourne Museum

Members of the Tracing Your Mourne Roots Group pictured with Shane McGivern at Newry and Mourne Museum

Newry and Mourne Museum recently hosted a group from Kilkeel looking to explore their family history. Shane McGivern, Collections Research Assistant at the Museum gave the group a talk about the Collections held at the Museum. The Reside Collection and the Hugh Irvine Collection were discussed, both of which are rich in genealogical value. The […]

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