Mourne

County Down

Kilkeel

Kilkeel (Church of the narrows), which is often referred to as 'the capital of the Kingdom of Mourne', takes its name from the old parish church built on a former ecclesiastical site overlooking the Aughrim River. It is said that the church was the gift of a Spanish merchant nobleman to the people of the town who gave his son who was drowned at sea, a Christian burial.

Until about a century and a half ago Kilkeel had no harbour and it now has one of the finest and largest locally-owned fishing fleets in Ireland. The boats are well equipped and most are owned by their skippers. They fish the entire Irish Sea and as far north as Wick to catch hake, cod, whiting, haddock and monk fish. Prawns, which were once taken out to sea and dumped, are now an important element in the fishing economy of Kilkeel which has an annual turnover of around £10m. Much of the catch is processed in the several plants around the harbour while some is exported to be processed overseas. The crews work on a 'share' basis, the profits from a trip being shared according to tradition. Around the harbour are several fish processing plants. The fishing industry, either directly or indirectly, gives employment to well over 1000 people in the Kingdom of Mourne.

Killowen

The village of Killowen (Church of Owen), a short distance from Rostrevor, was formerly occupied by smallholders and fishermen and was described in The Picturesque Handbook to Carlingford Bay (1846) as 'The nursery of the seamen who man the commercial Navy of Newry.' It has grown considerably since then and now has a Bathing Beach, a Sailing Club and an Outdoor Centre administered by the local Education Authority. It also has a handloom tweed workshop.

Killowen was for a time the home of Charles Russell, later Baron Russell of Killowen (1832 -1900), Lord Chief Justice of England. Russell was born in Newry and soon after, the family moved to 'Seafield' in the village. He entered the legal profession and served for a time as a solicitor in Newry. He later moved to England and in 1886 became Attorney General. In 1894 he became Lord Chief Justice and died in 1900.

During the Parnell Commission of 1888 - 1900, when he was leading counsel for Parnell, Russell tore to shreds the evidence of Piggot, the author of forged letters which formed the basis of the charges made against Parnell. The nearby estate, now with a modern wall was once the site of Ballyedmond Castle, the home of the Nugent family.

THE IRISH GIANT, James Murphy

THE IRISH GIANT, James Murphy, was a native of Killowen, near Rostrevor, in this county. James, the youngest of two brothers, left for England when about seventeen or eighteen ; he obtained work at the Liverpool docks as a labourer. Here it was that his strong muscular frame commenced to develop itself, and by the active employment which he followed his proportions were increased ; before he had completed his twentieth year he stood seven feet high, and weighed twenty stone. At length he proposed doing the work of two men if he got two men's wages, which he readily obtained. But, an easier and a more lucrative calling presented itself in the shape of an engagement with an hotel-keeper, as waiter, into which he entered, and by his pleasing and affable manner, together with his extraordinary size, he attracted many visitors. But Murphy's mind expanding itself in proportion with his body, he became weary of the sameness of his life, and resolved to vary it by the ever-changing scenes of a continental tour. Having travelled through all the principal countries of Europe, enjoying the company and conversation of the highest and best educated men in the different places to which he adjourned, he returned to his native village a highly accomplished gentleman, and so enriched by the gifts of those who patronised him that he purchased a little property at Killowen, which he left a short time since for another tour through Europe. While staying at Marseilles he was seized with small-pox, and, after a brief but determined struggle, he died in his 26th year, being about twenty-four stone weight, and within a few inches of nine feet high. We are informed that his body is to be embalmed and sent to the Museum of Natural History in Paris.—Newry Telegraph.

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Charles Russell, Baron Russell of Killowen,

 GCMG, November 10th 1832.-August 10th.1900 a British statesman of the 19th century

Sir Charles Russell

He was the elder son of Arthur Russell of Killowen and Margaret Mullin of Belfast The family was in moderate circumstances, their ancestors having suffered much for the Roman Catholic faith in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Arthur Russell having died in 1845, the care of his large family devolved upon their talented mother and their paternal uncle, the celebrated Dr. Russell of Maynooth. Having studied at the seminary St.Malachys college at a private school in Newry and Saint Vincent's College, Castleknock, Dublin Charles Russell entered the law offices of Messrs Denvir, Newry, in 1849, and of O'Rourke, McDonald & Tweed, Belfast, in 1852. Admitted as a solictor in 1854, he practiced in the county courts of Down and Antrim, and became at once the champion of the Catholics who had resisted organized attempts at proselytizing by Protestants in these counties. His success was so striking that his legal friends urged him to become a barrister in London and in 1856 he entered at Lincoln's Inn Having followed an extensive course by close private study under the direction of Maine, Broom, and Birkbeck, he was called to the bar in 1859. His success on the northern circuit soon recalled him to London, where he became "Queen's Counsel" in 1872, and divided the mercantile business of the circuit with Baron Herschell. The increasing demand for his services may be judged by his fees which averaged $15,000 a year from 1862-1872, $50,000 in the next decade, $80,000 in the third, and in 1893-94 his last year of practice, reached $150,000. His knowledge of law, business, and human character, a flexible and often passionate eloquence which derived its force from intense earnestness rather than oratorical device, marvelous dexterity in extracting the truth from witnesses, and a manifest honesty of purpose gave him a power over judge and jury which made him universally regarded as the first advocate of his age.

Though in his first years in London he had been weekly correspondent of the Dublin "Nation", an advanced Nationalist organ, he entered Parliament as a Liberal being elected, after two defeats, member for Dundalk in 1880 He generally acted with the Nationalists on Irish, and always on Catholic, questions, and, when he visited the United States of America in 1883, bore a flattering introduction from Charles Stewart Parnell. Elected member of parliament for South Hackney (1885-1894), he was knighted and appointed attorney-general by Prime Minister William Gladstone in 1886 and again became attorney-general in 1892 on the return of the Liberals to power. He was a strenuous advocate of Home Rule in Parliament and on public platforms, and was leading advocate for Parnell at the Parnell Commission trial in 1888. His cross-examination of the witnesses of the "Times", and especially his exposure of Richard Piggott, the author of the forgeries, made a favorable verdict inevitable. His famous eight-day speech for the defense was his greatest forensic effort. In 1893 he represented Britain in the Bering Sea Arbitration, his speech against the United States' contentions lasting eleven days, and was appointed GCMG for his services. Made Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, 1894, he was raised to the peerage for life, taking his title Baron Russell of Killowen from his native townland of Killowen. In the same year he was appointed Lord Chief Justice of England, the first Catholic to attain that office for centuries. He won speedily the public confidence and is ranked with the most illustrious of his predecessors. He revisited the United States in 1896 as the guest of the American Bar Association and delivered a notable address on arbitration. In 1899 he represented England on the Venezuelan Boundaries Commission, and displayed all his old power of separating vital points from obscuring details. The following year he was attacked while on circuit by an internal malady, and, after a few weeks' illness, died in London, after receiving the sacraments of the Catholic Church, of which he had been always a faithful and devoted member. He was survived by his widow (Ellen, daughter of Dr. Mulholland of Belfast), whom he married in 1858, and by five sons and four daughters.

The unanimous tribute paid him by the English and American Bar and by the people and journals of the most diverse political and religious views attested that, despite his masterful character as lawyer, judge, and parliamentarian, and his stalwart loyalty to his faith and country, he had attained a rare and widespread popularity. In him were blended many qualities not usually found together. With a keen and orderly mind, a resolute will, great capacity for work, and severe official dignity, he combined sensibility of temperament, a spirit of helpfulness and comradeship, and a dreamer's devotion to ideals. He was always ready to write and speak for educational, religious, and benevolent purposes, though such action was not calculated to forward his political ambitions. Devoted to his family, he crossed the continent on his first American trip to visit Mother Mary Baptist Russell of San Francisco (who, with two others of his sisters, had entered the Order of Mercy), and found time to write for his children and send them day by day an admirable account of his experiences. This "Diary of a Visit to the United States" has been since edited by his brother, Rev. Matthew Russell, S.J., and published (1910) by the U.S. Catholic Historical Society. His other published works include: "New Views of Ireland" (London, 1880); "The Christian Schools of England and Recent Legislation" (1883); his speech before the Parnell Commission (1888); essay on Lord Coleridge in the "North American Review" (1894), and on the legal profession in the "Strand Magazine" (1896); "Arbitration, its Origin, History, and Prospects" (London, 1896)

Rostrevor

The town of Rostrevor, nestling in a warm, sheltered spot at the foot of its tree-covered mountain slopes is often referred to as 'The Riviera of Northern Ireland'. At the edge of the town on the road to Warrenpoint stands Ross's Monument, a towering structure built in 1826 to commemorate the military exploits of local man Major General Robert Ross in Europe and the American War of Independence. In particular it celebrates his victory over the American forces at Bladensburg in 1814 and his entry into Washington on the same day. Ross was fatally wounded at the Battle of Baltimore a short time later.

Cloughmore, a huge syenite boulder perched high on a hilltop 1 000 feet above the village, is a spectacular reminder of the iceage. The legendary explanation for its existence is much more interesting - it was thrown by Finn McCoul from the Cooley Mountains from Slieve Foye across the lough at a Scottish adversary standing on Slieve Ban: Incidentally, legend also has it that the Cooley Mountains were so named because Finn was buried there.

Nearby Kilbroney graveyard on the Hilltown Road is especially interesting. Here may be seen the ruins of the church of St. Bronagh dating from the 15th or 16th century. Close at hand stands a huge pre-Norman granite cross.. Here too is the grave of Giant Murphy, a local man who was reputed to have been over 8ft. in height. He travelled the world displaying his enormous frame and came back to die and be buried in Rostrevor. The graveyard is also the site of the recovery of an ancient St. Brigid's Bell, lost for centuries and probably connected with the ancient church of St. Bronagh.

A strange story attaches to the bell. It is a genuine example of the earliest Christian bells known in Ireland and was the gift of Fergus, a young chieftain. The bell had been hung in the fork of a young oak tree near the convent. The Vikings subsequently destroyed the convent but the bell remained hidden. For several centuries it was heard to toll through the valley on certain nights and this was explained by many stories of banshees and leprechuans. Then it became silent.

In 1888 a giant oak fell in Kilbroney churchyard and when it was cut up the bell was found in the hollow trunk. It has been restored and is in use as an altar bell in Rostrevor Catholic Church. Some antiquarians declare its value to be priceless. The disused chimney stack, on the site of what was the Great Northern Hotel, bears the letters N and S, a reminder of the days when the firm of Norton and Shaw operated a fleet of horse drawn long cars over the entire county.

THE TREVORS OF ROSE TREVOR

by HAROLD O'SULLIVAN

In the wake of the defeat of Sir Henry Bagenal by Hugh O'Neill Earl of Tyrone at the battle of the Yellow Ford in August 1598 a reinforcement of some 2,000 troops were shipped out of the port of Chester for Ireland under the command of Sir Samuel Bagenal the late Marshal's brother. Although they arrived in Dublin they were not allowed to go ashore 'for fear that they might run away' and instead were dispatched up the east coast, some to land in Drogheda for service at Kells and the remainder to Dundalk from where they were deployed along the Ulster borderlands to stay any advance by O'Neill into the Pale. Among the captains of this force were a number who were later to settle in Ireland and found prominent families, men such as Edward Blaney who gave his name to Castleblaney in County Monaghan, Fulke Conway who settled in County Down, Tobias Caulfield in Armagh while yet another, Edward Trevor of Brynkynallt, in the marchlands lordship of Chirk in north Wales, settled in Carlingford Lough.

Edward Trevor had a good war. In August 1599 he was in the vanguard of Sir Alexander Radcliffe's troops in the battle of the Curlews in north Roscommon where his lieutenant was killed and in the following June he was recommended for a new appointment by the Lord deputy Mountjoy to take charge of 150 foot as well, for that I have had a good report of how well he acquitted himself in his late command in this realm. Later that year he was with Mountjoy's troops in the forcing of the Moiry Pass. Having secured Newry, Mountjoy decided to return to Dundalk via the ford at Narrowwater and Carlingford. During the passage, via Ballinteskin and the Long Woman's Grave south of Omeath, O'Neill attacked the rearguard which was under the command of Captain Trevor. A hot skirmish ensued which lasted half an hour before O'Neill withdrew, during which Trevor was 'sore hurt' in the arm. On return to Dundalk Trevor and his company of foot soldiers were posted to Newry. In the following year he was with Mountjoy's field force in the surprise attack on Downpatrick in June, where they 'took all the prey' and later into Armagh as far as Benburb where a scorched earth policy was pursed of destroying corn and other crops, 'this course causing famine being the only sure way to reduce or root out the rebels'. Later Trevor was to relate a gruesome story of cannibalism amongst the distracted people about Newry.

In 1601 Trevor married Agnes Ball, the daughter of Nicholas Ball a prominent Dublin merchant whose antecedents were from Drogheda. Their fist child John was born in Dublin on the 11 June 1602, an event which may have excused him from service at the battle of Kinsale.

Their first home was in Drogheda but at the end of the war they were settled at Loghorne outside Newry where Trevor had a lease of seven townlands on the Bagenal estate. Their second child Arthur was born there in 1604. It was an ideal place for him to settle in that at this time Newry was a Welsh colony, derived from the Bagenal connections with north Wales where Trevor had many friends and relations. With O'Neill's surrender at Mellifont bringing an end to the Nine Years War in 1603, further opportunities were opened up for him both as an ex-officer and official in the emerging local administrations.

Following his discharge from the army in 1605 Trevor was appointed as superintendent of the districts of Iveagh, Newry and Mourne. This was a position which gave him considerable leverage in the local government institutions then being put in place by the new `British' ascendancy, in what had been heretofore the native Irish lordship of the Magennises of Neagh. When the lord deputy Chichester promulgated a scheme in 1607 for the freeholding of that Lordship, Trevor as the local sheriff had a large part to play in its development and administration. Its purpose was to supplant the existing old Irish land tenures by new tenures under the English Common Law by the grant by the crown of estates in freehold to the native Irish proprietors, reserving all lands deemed to be Church lands for the Protestant Bishopric of Dromore, the See of which had lain vacant since the death of Arthur Magennis in 1577. The Magennises co-operated fully in the freeholding of Neagh managing to obtain some 76% of the townlands involved in the scheme while the total percentage of the townlands granted to the native Irish was 85%, the balance passing to the See of Dromore as Church lands. The only non-Irishman to receive a grant was Captain Edward Trevor who obtained a freehold of fourteen townlands `parcel of Kilinore' as `assignee' of Murtagh Modderagh McManus. However in the subsequent Plantation of the Escheated counties of Ulster the latter was found to be part of the grant made to John Brownlow in the Armagh barony of Oneiland and Trevor had to be compensated with lands elsewhere in that barony.

The freeholding of Neagh was begun in the wake of the devastation wrought by the Nine Years War and at a very low economic base making difficulties for the newly emerging landed Magennis gentry many of whom perforce had to sell, lease or mortgage lands in order to raise ready money to meet their outgoings, including the provision of estates of inheritance and dowries for their children. In such circumstances much `carpet bagging activities took place whereby loan and mortgage facilities were advances under onerous terms, lands purchased at low prices or in some cases lands exchanged for services, including legal services, rendered. By 1641 the lands held in Neagh by the native Irish had been reduced from 85 % of the townlands to 38%. The replacements were invariably from the new British settler class, notably the Hills in Kilwarlin, the Whitchurches in Loughbrickland and the Trevors of Rose Trevor all of whom had been soldiers in Elisabeth's army in Ireland. It was a transition that was accomplished not by expropriation by the newcomers but by the gradual decay of the earlier landed families.

After his discharge from the army Trevor returned to Brynkynallt for a time where his third child Frances was born in 1607. After he had been granted a pension for life of four shillings per diem English money, in consideration of his long and diligent service in the time of the rebellion he returned to Ireland and was settled at Narrowwater where his wife Agnes and their fourth child Edward died in childbirth in December 1610. They were buried in Clonallan graveyard. In 1612 he remarried. His new bride was Rose Ussher the daughter of Henry Ussher archbishop of Armagh. In the previous year he had been reported as having all the materials ready for the building of a castle at Kilbroney were he was to finally settle and to name the place Rose Trevor after his wife, now corrupted to Rostrevor. During and after the freeholding of Iveagh Trevor was to amass a considerable estate estimated to have been in excess of 16,000 acres plantation measure throughout 16 parishes of Neagh, notably Clonallan, Kilbroney, Dromara and Garvaghy. The children of the second marriage were born in 1623. His wife Rose died in the latter year after which he remarried to Margaret Lloyd of Acton in England. As was not uncommon amongst Welsh squires of his age, Trevor had a natural son Patrick Trevor, who left a small estate and family in Co. Down, when he was killed in action about Dundalk in 1642.

In 1613 Trevor was elected to the Irish parliament and in 1617 received a knighthood in recognition of his increasing status not alone amongst the Cambro-English settlement in South Down but also with the Dublin administration, a place which he was to hold until the insurrection of 1641 brought his world to an end. In the intervening years in addition to the development of his Irish interests he maintained his interests in Wales where he constructed his 'capital mansion' in the year 1619 to 1627 to a design said to have been furnished by the celebrated Welsh architect Inigo Jones. This imposing edifice of brick known as Brynkynallt Hall stands to this day. Sir Edward was captured in Newry on the first day of the insurrection and remained incarcerated until the town was recaptured in May 1642. While in prison he made a will in February 1642 appointing his son Mark and Mark's son Edward his executors and while there were a number of bequests made to his family in the will it would seem that the bulk of his estate was already disposed of in Trust for his eldest son and heir John. However by May 1643 both Sir Edward and his heir John were dead when the 'wardship and marriage' of John's son Edward were granted to a second son Arthur. The latter was a leading lawyer and a supporter of Charles I against his rebel parliament and was Ormond's agent in the court at Oxford. His influence was of material benefit to the various Trevor families throughout the ensuing civil wars, English Commonwealth and Restoration periods, notably Mark who was a close friend and confidant of Ormond throughout these periods.

Mark Trevor married in 1636 to Frances the daughter of Sir Marmaduke Whitchurch who displaced the Magennises of Loughbrickland in the wake of the freehold of Iveagh. Marmaduke had died in the previous year leaving an estate of over 4500 acres to his daughter Frances mainly in the parishes of Seapatrick and Donaghmore. As none of their male children were to survive, the estate passed by division to the three daughters Rose, Mary and Frances. The former married a Nicholas Purcell of County Tipperary and had a daughter Mary who married a John White of Leixlip County Kildare and from whom descend the Whytes of Loughbrickland. Mary married William Hall of Hill Hall Lisburn and Frances married Nicholas Sankey of Dublin. The latter had a daughter Anne who married Solomon White of Dublin who dying without issue in 1751 his estate was sold to a James Wills who in turn sold it to the Hills of Hill Hall.

Mark Trevor came to prominence during the insurrection of 1641 when he became a captain of dragoons and later after the outbreak of Civil War in England and Wales he became the colonel of a horse regiment in Rupert's Cavaliers and acquired a degree of fame when he wounded Oliver Cromwell at the battle of Marston Moor in July 1644. He was amongst the last remnant of the cavaliers to surrender to Fairfax in March 1646 at the end of the first Civil War. He later returned to Ireland where he obtained employment as commander of a troop of horse at Carlingford and when Ormond surrendered Ireland to the Parliamentarians in July 1647 Trevor transferred his allegiance to the latter, distinguishing himself in the slaughter of Preston's Confederate army at the battle of Dungan's Hill in the following August. Following Ormond's return to Ireland in the autumn of 1648 Trevor transferred his allegiance to the latter having undermined the Parliamentarian General Monck's command at Dundalk where the latter had to surrender and return to England. He served with Ormond's loyalist forces until April 1650 when he surrendered himself at Dublin.

Despite having been exempted from life or estate by the English Commonwealth Mark Trevor led an eventful and full life during the period of the Interregnum suffering imprisonment only once in England when in July 1654 he was arrested on foot of a debt contracted by his father and himself in 1634 and left unpaid. He became known to Oliver Cromwell's son Henry while the latter was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and through him obtained grants of lands of 2000 acres in Ballysax County Kildare and 5000 acres in Dundalk County Louth. Later in the Restoration period he received confirmation of the latter from the king along with 600 acres in Carlingford as well as 765 acres in Trubly County Meath in compensation for having to surrender the lands at Ballysax. In 1662 he was elevated to the Irish Peerage as Baron Rosetrevor and Viscount Dungannon. He married secondly a wealthy Welsh widow Mrs. Anne Owens of Landshipping in Pembrokeshire and close friend of Mrs. Katherine Phillips the celebrated poetess of the late Commonwealth and Restoration periods, known to English literature as the Matchless Orinda. While disapproving of the match the latter accompanied her friend to Ireland and while in Rose Trevor wrote a letter to a friend in England describing the latter as reminding her of Wales especially 'the most barren parts of it that are hilly and near the sea but that there was very little wood and the prospect not in the least pleasing. Of Mention's house [her name for Mark Trevor] she described it as 'indifferent and thats all for it is but very ordinary for a person of her quality and she deserves a better'. Discussing Mennon she wondered how her friend 'who is so well bred can take any pleasure in his company'. She was nevertheless able to compose her feelings long enough to write a poem celebrating the marriage. As might be expected it was not one of her best.

Mark Trevor died suddenly in January 1670 leaving his widow disconsolate and an estate heavily in debt. They had six children five boys and one girl. Of the former only two, Lewis the eldest and Marcus survived to maturity but died without heirs. The Trevor estates in County Down formerly belonging to Sir Edward Trevor passed in the main to his second grandson John, the eldest Edward, having been born mentally handicapped, died without issue in 1680. John under the tutelage of his uncle Arthur became a prominent lawyer and entered politics becoming a member of the English Parliament where he soon achieved prominence as an opponent of the Court Party and an inveterate opponent of any leniency towards Roman Catholics. He was involved in the disreputable proceedings against Catholics in Monmouthshire which resulted in nine deaths, three by execution and later in the Titus Oates plot nor did the Royal family escape his ire. In 1678 he advocated that the queen and her courtiers be removed from Whitehall.

Quite surprisingly after the death of Charles II he became a loyal supporter of his successor James II who appointed him Master of the Rolls in 1685, to the Privy Council in 1688 and Speaker of the House of Commons in 1690. After the Revolution he remained loyal to James and was deprived of all offices until 1689 when he was re-elected by the House of Commons. Notwithstanding William of Orange's view of him that he was 'such a knave that it would be objected if he was employed' again, he was appointed solicitor-general to the Queen in 1689, first commissioner of the Great Seal in 1690 and to the Privy Council in 1691. In 1693 he was re-appointed Master of the Rolls. In the elections of 1690 he was elected to parliament and was subsequently appointed

Speaker of the House of Commons was a position which he held until 1695 when he was expelled on charges of corruption. Following his disgrace in England he was expelled from the Irish House of Commons in December 1695. He died in 1717 following which the Trevor estates passed indirectly through marriage connections to the Hills of Hillsborough one of whom Arthur Hill-Trevor was raised to the peerage as Viscount Dungannon in 1765. That peerage also became defunct, albeit that a Hill family occupies Brynkynallt Hall today and as Lord Trevor has membership of the House of Lords in England.

MY OWN, MY FOND, ROSTREVOR

Village fair, oh! village sweet,
Round which hills are closing,
With fervour many a time I greet
Thy name before reposing.
Thy scenes I cherish and revere
Though oceans us now sever,
I love thee more each passing year,
My own, my fond, Rostrevor.

Nothing that could please the eye,
Is round thee, village, wanting,
With fields of green and clear blue sky,
And hills and vales enchanting.
And to harmonise with Nature’s charms,
The honest swain with true endeavour
Keeps hedgerows neat and tidy farms,
Around my own, my fond, Rostrevor.

A thousand beauties deck thy plains,
High o’er the road the trees are meeting,
The hawthorne decks, the winding lanes
And the daisies are the sunshine’s greeting.
The cuckoo loud his name is calling,
The lark is singing, soaring higher,
And sweetly on the breezes swelling
The music from the lofty spire.

To green Kilbroney churchyard old,
‘Ere close of day I oft’ repair,
To read the names inscribed in gold,
Upon the tombstones there.
A prayer I breathe for those who Sleep,
Beneath the soil they often trod,
And bid farewell and leave them keep
Their peaceful slumbers with their God.

Village fair, oh! village sweet,
Thy scenes are dear to me,
Though other climes my eyes rnay meet
I’ll still remember thee.
Joy, peace and sunshine long be thine,
May thy sons in faith ne’er waver,
And virtue guard each humble cot,
Around my own, my fond, Rostrevor.

D.Haughian
 

Saint and Sandal

According to legend, the boundaries of what is now generally known as the Kingdom of Mourne, in South Down, were established by Saint Patrick when he threw his sandal from Struth Patrick, a stream in the townland of Ballaghnery (Pass of the Shepherd), to the Cassy Water near Rostrevor, a distance of 12 Irish miles.

It is said that up until the present bridge on the coast road was built a stone bearing the imprint of Patrick's knee could be seen on the bed of the stream. It was once believed locally that water from the stream had certain curative properties, particularly for eye complaints.

Struth Patrick still acts as a territorial division forming the boundary between the baronies of Mourne and Upper Iveagh (lower half) which is administered by the Council of Down. The Cassy Water, where the sandal fell, still forms the boundary between Mourne and Upper Iveagh (upper half) both of which are administered by the council of Newry and Mourne.

The Boundaries of Mourne

On his way from Saul to Tara
 Patrick stopped to rest one day
on a heather-covered hillside
That looks over Dundrum Bay.
And from the crystal mountain stream
That flows from Donard's seat
He quenched his thirst, gave thanks to God
And bathed his aching feet.

He sat there on a granite slab
 And looked across the bay
And saw the lovely Mona's Isle
 A wheen of miles away.
The day was warm, the sky was blue
 The larks sang loud and clear
When round the shoulder of a hill
He saw three men appear.

Now Patrick was a civil man
 And he bid them time o' day
He could see they looked uneasy
 So he let them have their say.
They'd come, they said, from round the hill
Between the mountain and the shore
But ours is not the happy land"
Like it had been before.
 

The folk there's always fighting
"They're murdering each other
"We cannot do a thing with them"
 We need your help, dear Brother.
"If you could come and see if you
"Can make them mend their ways
"For if you don't we'll all be killed"
It's been going on for days.

"I haven't time to go" says he
"But I'll tell you what I'll do
"I'll stop this fighting here and now"
And with that picked up his shoe.
He stood there at the water's edge
With his sandal in his hand
"Blood", says he,"will ne'er be spilled"
 From here to where this lands."

"Stand back", says he, the men stood back
 He flung with all his might
They watched the shoe fly through the air
 Till it disappeared from sight.

They thought that it was lost for sure
But then they heard next day
It had landed in another stream
 Twelve Irish miles away.

The fighting it stopped then and there
The blood it ceased to flow
It's been known as Kindly Mourne
 Since that day long ago.

Those streams still mark the ends of Mourne
 They still flow to this day
One into Lough Carlingford
And one to Dundrum Bay.

( by ... Tom Porter )

The Mourne Cadger

Felix Maginn was a cadger as his father had been before,
And he lived in a whitewashed cottage in the townland of Dunmore.
Just a room and a kitchen and an acre of grass for the mare,
And a lean-to for a moiley cow that he bought in Hilltown fair.

And Margaret kept a wheen o' hens that scratched fornenst the door,
And a flock of ducks on the mountain stream and a goat on the open moor.
At times she wrought at the flowering and she'd sit wi' the hoops in her hand,
And look down over Glasdrumman and across to the Isle of Man.

Felix travelled the roads of Down and the sound of his cart was known,
From away beyond Dromara to the loanen's of Killowen.
From the Laney and the Carrick to Rathfriland and Dromore,
With his 'Hern alive' from Annalong just caught the night before.

And he kept a skiff at Sherby and in summer down he'd go,
To jig for mackerel in the bay when the sun was sinking low.
But by dawn he'd be out on the roads again to Kilcoo and Attical,
Round by the 'S' of Spelga and home by Brackney Hall.

Felix has long since passed away, he died in twenty-one,
And his grave is marked with a headstone that was taken from Seefin.
And Margaret's gone - there's no one left, the house it stands no more,
Just an overgrown ruin on a hillside in Dunmore.

Tollymore Forest Park

Although Tollymore Forest Park was opened to the public in its present form in 1955, Tollymore Park has long been a famous beauty spot, and finds a place in a number of travel books written more than two hundred years ago. An advertisement offering lodgings in Bryansford village, taken from the Belfast News-Letter for 26th April, 1785, declares that the house has "a most pleasing prospect of the Right hon. Earl of Clanbrassil's much admired demesne which is beautiful to the sight and extensive in its bounds and the herbage on which the goats feed makes it, much frequented by ladies and gentlemen for the recovery of their, lost health".

Tollymore was one of the seven and a half townlands granted to Brian MacHugh MacAgholy Magennis in 1611 by James 1st. The property remained in the Magennis family until about 1685 when Bryan Magennis died unmarried and Tollymore became the property of his sister Ellen who had married Captain William Hamilton. From the Hamiltons (Lord Limerick) the estate passed, again through the distaff side, to the Jocelyns, one of whom was later created Earl of Roden.

Tollymore Park remained in the Roden family until it was sold to the Department of Agriculture in 1941 and is now one of Northern Ireland's main tourist attractions. The house was demolished in the 1760's.

The Glen at Ballymartin
(The Main Road)

One of the most picturesque Glens in the County of Down is situated at the bottom of a little narrow lane at the bridge. As you walk down the laneway from the main road you cross an unnamed murmuring stream but sometimes known locally as the Glen River. On your right is Mahula's Well which comes from a spring in Martin's banks. Even in the hottest weather you find the bubbling water refreshingly cold. The stream continues to flow under the beach and then reappears in the sand and flows on to the sea. This stream rises in Billy's Bog (Ballykeel) and had a very productive past as it provided six lint holes or flax dams which was used in the early years for retting flax. Indeed it provided a water supply for livestock which grazed the fields adjoining it. (Jimmie Newell, Andy Orr, Edward Stevenson, A Newell, A Spence, A Boyd, J McKibbin and A Mitchell were the owners). There are few streams, anywhere, that provide such a useful service to the farming activities in the district. During heavy rainfall the overflow from the Haw Bog find its way to the shore through the stream. This stream was also used as a watering place at the Ballymartin Bridge for animals being walked to market or outlying farms and for the filling of barrels for spraying potatoes.

On your left are two cottages but in 1860 according to the Valuation of Tenements (Parish of Kilkeel) there were eight dwellings occupied by the following families: Mary Cunningham, Catherine Doran, Cornelius Higgins, John McParland, Patrick Poland, William Newell, Nicholas Sloane and James Rice. Three of these remain: the two belonged to Newells and Polands have been made into one and is now a holiday home, the other whose original owner was James Mc Burney and is now known as Mahula's Cottage was sold in the mid-fifties for about £100 was sold in June of 1996 for £23 000 despite the fact that there is no vehicular access, electricity - proof of the fact that people enjoy the simple things and quality of life that abounds in this location.

In April 1858 the Spanish Brig "Triton" sailing from Liverpool for Barcelona with a cargo of railway iron went off course in a severe easterly gale in the Irish Sea and met her doom near the rocks at the Glen. Three men were drowned. The impact was so severe that it split a large stone in two. Since then the stone has been known as the Barcelona Stone. A salvage company removed the wreck and her cargo but her anchor was never found.

The inhabitants of these houses got a terrible fright that night and a reminder, if they needed one, of how powerful and treacherous the sea is. Living so close to the water's edge in the winter time must have been both cold and miserable with the high tides and strong gale force winds but in the summer it would be like living in another world with the golden sand and sea beside them. The banks behind the houses would be in full bloom with all different flowers and whin bushes giving cover to the many birds which inhabit the locality. During the summer many visitors stayed in Ballymartin. Some came down to the shore to bathe and picnic on the glen rocks whilst other waited until Archie McBurney closed his shop, and took them out on his motorised skiff 'The Osprey' for fishing trips.

Other locals who had small boats were Ned Phillips senior and Fred Annett. Hugh Rooney, Ballykeel had a punt the 'Girl May' with which he carried many friends and visitors on pleasure trips. The skiff' Edna' began life as a lifeboat on the S.S. Ulidia which was one of Fishers boats captained by William Mc Cormick from Ballymartin Hill. When Fishers sold the ship Captain Mc Cormick acquired the lifeboat and fitted it out as a skiff. He named it after his youngest daughter Edna ( now Mrs Willie John Bingham). Captain Mc Cormick died at sea in 1932 whilst skippering another of the Fisher ships, the S.S. Aspen. Another skiff associated with Ballymartin was the Annie Annett' (Andy McCormick) and a punt 'Daisy' (Robert McCormick). Indeed I went fishing on the last named many times in the forties.

The Ballymartin Bridge

At the top of the Glen Loanin is Ballymartin Bridge. This was also a Famine Relief Job. For many years the bridge was a meeting place for young and old in the 'clear' evenings. The older folk sat in the lay-by on stone seats discussing the local news, the men enjoying their pipe of tobacco as they talked about the local scene, exchanged gossip or, those with radios or lucky enough to have access to a newspaper brought the others up to date with the happenings on the world scene. The young fellows played games such as shooting marbles for buttons and throwing horse shoes round the bob; the girls skipped or played hop scotch. Some evenings there would be an accordian playing and everyone dancing to the music. In those days people made their own entertainment with everyone enjoying themselves. I have still got the accordion that I used to play on the bridge; unfortunately many of those who enjoyed those balmy summer evenings are now dead. In 1947 - 48 Down County Council carried out work on the arches and walls of the Mullagh and Ballymartin Bridges.

The entire joints on the stone work were raked and refilled with a Class 3 cement mortar mix (flush joints). The work was carried out by John Rooney a stone mason from the Head Road. He took ill when working at the Ballymartin Bridge and died a short time later. Opposite the Glen Loanin was a 'roadstone depot'. This had several uses: once a resting place for horses and carts as they made their way on long journeys, then in later years the local and county councils used it as storage bays for road repair materials. This one is no longer in existence being removed in the 1980s when it was incorporated into a front garden of the last house in the 'Ballykeel Court' housing estate.


Ballymartin Post Office and Forge

In the1830s Thomas and Ellen Rodgers came from Belfast and purchased what is now Post Office House and blacksmith shop and eleven acres of land. The family was always known as 'McGrory' - I think to distinguish them from the Rodgers families in the district. His land - the field up the 'Back Loanin' is now owned by Eddie Stevenson and is known as 'McGrory's Field' while the other field was across the road and this is to-day in the ownership of Jim Martin (Ballykeel) and known as Quinn's Hill as this was bought by Hugh Quinn of the Big House around the turn of the century. In 1 904 the first mention of a sub post office appeared in Slater's Ulster Directory. John Rodgers was the first post delivery man and his sisters Ellen and Elizabeth Rodgers, who was very deaf, ran the post office (until 1923 I believe) while their brother Thomas was a blacksmith and farrier and his forge and workshop was close to the dwelling house. He had an entrance from the Forge to the Back Loanin for horses and carts. The hooping stones that he used are covered with soil in R J Newell's garden near the Main Road. I think Thomas may have been operating here from around 1850 as he appears in Griffith's Valuation of 1860.

There was no parochial house at this time in Ballymartin and the local curate stayed in the Rodgers home. Eventually a parochial house was built by Sarah Higgins proprietor of the Mourne Inn and sold or donated to the parish sometime in the 1800s. In September 1923 Robert Newell and his wife bought the post office from James and Elizabeth Rodgers and took over the job of post master/mistress and postman for Ballymartin and the surrounding areas of Ballykeel, parts of Maghereagh, Brackenagh Quarter, East and West, Moneydarraghbeg, Moneydarraghmore, Ballyveaghbeg and Ballyveaghmore. He was helped with his deliveries by his neighbour Joseph Quinn. Robert used a bicycle whilst Joseph walked: together they covered 280 miles each six-day week as the journeyed from the mountain to the shore. In 1961 both men retired.

His son, Robert J, and his wife took over the post office and continued doing postal deliveries until 1969 when it became motorised. At that stage the delivery service was transferred to Kilkeel and Robert J continued to do deliveries from there. His wife continued with the post office until she retired in 1991. Altogether the Newel! family ran the post office for 68 years.

Opposite the Post Office in those days was Archie Orr's home and business premises. His wife ran the drapery shop while Archie had his carpenter's workshop and paraffin oil sales point at the rear. His apprentices from 1898-1903 were Frank Boyd, Ballykeel, James McCormick (Annalong) James McCullough (Ballyveaghbeg) and Robert Newell (Kilkeel). He operated the only saw mill in the district. He used a gas operated engine to run his woodworking machinery as there was no electricity in the area until 1932. He was a stiff- cart builder and wooden plough maker. The local farmers were his customers. In later years he moved to Kilkeel where he continued his trade. Mrs McCormick and her daughter Iris with her husband Sam McAtee now live in this house.


Taken from 'A Mourne Mile' Vol 1, A short history of Ballykeel & Ballymartin.
By John Newell, Ballymartin

Ballymartin Graveyard Tombstone Inscriptions

St. Josephs R. C. Chapel, Graveyard

  

 I.H.S.
B. Rodgers, Aug. 61, R. I. P.
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  Cunningham. In memory of Elizabeth Cunningham, Moneydarragh, Died 14th. March 1961
On her soul sweet Jesus have mercy, R. I. P
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  In loving memory of Patrick Cunningham, died the 22nd Oct. 1948 age 70 years.
Also his wife Rose Ann died 1st. Nov. 1963 age 85 years.
Margaret Cunningham died 23rd. Sept. 1960 age 28 years. R.I. P.
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  Elizabeth McStay, died 6th. May 1971, R.I.P.
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  Phillips
Blackrock, R.I.P.
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  Curtis, R.I.P.
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  Elizabeth McAlinden, died 30th Sept. 1960, R.I.P.
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  Fitzpatrick, in memory of William, died the 25th. Nov. 1977
Pray For The Souls Of,
John Haughian
Daniel Haughian
Mick Haughian
Bridget Haughian
Bridget Fitzpatrick
Rose Ann Doran
Rose Fitzpatrick
Daniel Fitzpatrick
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  In Loving Memory of Mary Quinn, Ballyveamore, died 5th. May, 1914, R.I.P.
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  In Loving Memory of John and Margaret Cunningham, Leestone,R.I.P.
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Erected by Mary Graney, I.H.S.In memory of her husband James Graney who died 1852, also her son John who died 1864.
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  Young, Leestone, R.I.P.
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  McVeigh, Moneydarragh, R.I.P.
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  McAlinden.
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  Granite surround, no marking
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  In Loving Memory Of Our Brother, Thomas Joseph Burns, deceased Oct. 4th. 1944, Our father William Burns deceased Jan. 4th. 1955. Our mother, Margaret Burns deceased  Sept. 29th.1965.William P. Burns deceased Sept. 25th. 1977.
Requiescant In Peace.
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  McVeigh, R.I. P.
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(  Morgan, R.I. P.
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(  O'Hare, In Loving Memory of Denis Dooley, died 28th. July 1979, also his wife Winifred Dooley died 3rd April 1982, R.I.P.
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  Railing, no marking
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  Fitzpatrick, Ballykeel, R.I. P .Rev. Patrick Joseph Fitzpatrick, C.C., Bright, who died 3rd. Nov. 1916 age 35 years, Rest In Peace
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  Pray for the Rev. J. Keating, who was P.P. for 40 years and died on 4th. May 1896.
Requiesant In Peace.
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I. H. S. Hail O Cross Our Only Hope, Erected by their daughters in the memory of their father William Cahill, who died 7th. March 1889.Also their mother Fanny who died 29th. June 1911, and their sister Mary Ann who died 2nd. June 1877, R.I.P.
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Erected by William Cahill in memory of his beloved daughter Mary Ann Cahill who departed this life 2?. June 18?
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Cunningham, In memory of Rose, died 18th. March 1927 age 52, Thomas died 20th. March 1935 age 78, Patrick died 27th. October 1976 age 68, R.I.P., Brackney
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Rooney, Maghereagh, William died 26th. April 1944. Annie died 28th. May 1952, James died 1st. December 1986, R.I. P.
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I. H. S. Erected by Margaret Cunningham, Maghereagh in memory of her husband William who died 31st. August 1879 aged 84 years
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I. H. S. Erected by Hugh Rooney, Brackney, in memory of his beloved wife Anne, who departed this life 22nd. November 1879 age 83 years. Pray for the soul of Hugh Rooney who died 23rd. May aged 90 years, also for Rose Quinn of brackney who departed this life 18th. day of Feburary 1895 age 54 years, Also pray for John Quinn, Brackney, who departed this life 18th. July 1922 age 81 years, May she rest in peace. Also Mary Quinn died 1st. March 1950
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I. H. S. Erected by James Harrison of Ballyveamore, in loving memory of his mother Elizabeth Harrison born 20th. June 1851 died 3rd.July 1909.
Also her beloved son Michael born 12th. Feb. 1881, died 7th. March 1902.May their souls rest in peace, amen.
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S. Young, Moneydarragh
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H. Young
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Greene, In loving memory of Hugh James (Hugo) died 17th. Jan. 1985, R. I. P.

I. H. S. To the memory of Mary Greene late of Maghereagh, the beloved wife of Michael Greene who departed this life on the 24th. of Nov. 1862 age 60. Also her three sons Michael, James and Daniel are interned here, Likewise her husband Michael who died 25th.Dec. 1876 and her grandchildren Hugh who died 19th. January 1883 age 32 years and Daniel who died 20th. March 1883 age 14 years. Requestant In Peace, Greene, in loving memory of a dear husband and father Thomas Greene died 19th. March 1984 age 52.
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Collins, Ballykeel, R I. P. Sweet Jesus Have Mercy
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McVeigh
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I .H .S., Erected to the memory of John Cunningham, The Moor, Kilkeel. who died 30th. Oct 1897 Also his wife Ellen who died 4th. Sept, 1905
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Erected by the family in loving memory of Patrick Rogers died 23rd. July 1943. Also his loving wife Mary Ann, died 19th. Dec.1935. Also their daughter Kathleen, died 28th. Dec. 1952. Mary Ann Rogers died 28th. Jan. 1965. My Jesus Mercy, R. I .P.
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Iron Cross, No markings
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I. H. S., Erected by Patrick Cunningham of Brackney in loving memory of daughter Rose who departed this life 5th. April1895 age 24 year
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Iron Cross, No markings
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I. H. S. In loving memory of Mary Collins, died 16th. June 1904.John Collins, died 25th. June 1917, Patrick Collins died 24th. Oct. 1932. Sarah Collins died 16th. August 1945. Whose Soul Sweet Jesus Have Mercy
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GLORIA IN EXCEL SIS DEO. IEIS. This stone was erected in memory of James Cunningham of Kilkeel Moor, who departed this life the 3rd. Oct. 1852 age 65 years.
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I. H. S. Erected in memory of William Fitzpatrick of Ballykeel who departed this life 21st. May 1850 age 15 years, May he rest in peace, Amen
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I. H. S. William McKibben, Toris Hill, died 9th. Feburary 1919, Mary his wife died 13th. Oct.1880, R.I.P
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Curran, R. I. P., In memory Willie
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Kenning
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Erected in loving memory of Mark Quinn who died 28th. Jan. 1981 age 69 years, and his wife Annie who died 2nd. January 1985 age 70 years.
Also Richard Quinn who died the 4th. July 1969 age 66 years. James Quinn who died 28th. April 1974 age 74 years. R. I. P.
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In loving memory of Mary McDonald, died 3rd. May 1969 age 80, Her daughter Mary Annett died 9th. October 1981 age 70
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I. H. S., Erected by Robert Wilson in loving memory of his beloved wife Susan Wilson who departed this life 10th. November 1900 age 33 years
R .I. P. On whose Soul sweet Jesus have mercy.
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Doran, Grove Road, R. I. P.
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Henry McCartin or McCartan, Longstone
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Wrought iron surround, no markings
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McKibben, In loving memory of Patrick, died the 10th. September 1940, Thomas died 4th. Jan.1945, Joseph died 24th. Jan. 1971, R. I. P.
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In loving memory of Margaret Rodgers, died 15-3-44, James Rodgers died 27-2-67
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I. H. S., Erected by Mary Ann Rodgers of Moneydarraghmore in memory of her father Hugh Rodgers who died Feb. 1887 age 70 years, Also her brother Michael Rodgers who died May 23rd. 1906 age 64 years, Also her mother Bridget Rodgers, R. I. P.
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O'Hare, John, 16th. May 1967, Jackie, 26th. September 1974. R. I. P.
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Peter O'Hare, In memory of a dear father died 10th. Feb. 1986, R. I. P.
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McCartan, Josephine, died 2-6-1950, R. I. P.
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Rooney and Polin, R. I. P.
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Rogers, Ballyveabeg, R. I. P.
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Granite stone, unreadable
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McCartan. R. I. P.
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Cunningham, R. I. P.
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Quinn
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I. H .S. Pray for the soul of Rev. Patrick Sloan, Killowen, P.P. Ogalala, Nebrhska, died 21st. Aug. 1958, R. I. P.
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Collins, Patrick Joseph, died 15th. March 1943 age 12 months, Patrick died 17th. April 1948, Elizabeth died 27th. June 1948, Edward died 11th. Feb. 1963, Kathleen died 22nd. May 1980. R. I. P.
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I. H. S. This stone was erected by Patrick Morgan of Kilkeel in memory of his beloved wife Sally Morgan who departed this life 27th. November 1848 age 32 tears, Also his daughter Mary Morgan age 3 years, May they rest in peace Amen.
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Sloan, Compassionate Savior Grant Them Peace
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Quinn, In loving memory of Charles who died the 21st. July 1985, Lord Have Mercy.
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Hughes, Moneydarragh, R. I. P.
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4 Granite posts, no markings
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McNeilly, R. I. P.
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I. H. S. Pray for the soul of John McAdam, Moneydarraghmore, who died 13th. Aug. 1901 age 65 years, Also Elizabeth McAdam who died the 12th. Dec. 1938 age 54 years, R. I. P.
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Rough stone, no markings
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Fitzpatrick, In loving memory of my dear husband Charles Fitzpatrick ,died 9th. Oct. 1954, Brackney West. R. I. P.
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Marks, R. I. P.
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Fitzsimons, R. I. P.
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Rodgers, R. I. P.
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Granite stone, no markings
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Small granite cross, no markings
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Rogers
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Russell, Hugh, died 1st. March 1945, R. I. P.
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Rogers, I. H. S., In loving memory of Patrick Rogers, died 22nd. June 1911 age 24 years
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Doran, R. I. P.Moneydarragh.
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Phillips, R. I. P.
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I. H. S., Erected in loving memory of Hugh Trainor, who died 7th. Jan. 1919 age 80 years, Also of Bernard Trainor who died 9th. March 1939 age 19 years.
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Iron Cross, no markings
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I. H. S., O sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on the souls of Ann Killen of Brackney, died Aug. 7th. 1900, Patrick Killen her husband, died May 20th. 1907, R. I. P.
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Iron cross, no markings
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Cunningham, R. I. P.
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Erected by Patrick Morgan in memory of  John McCartan his beloved father who died Oct. 1890 age 66 years, and his beloved mother Catherine McCartan, died July 1894 age 66 years, May they rest in peace.
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I. H. S. O sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on the souls of Terence McCartan of Longstone, died April 1st. 1896, Matilda McCartan his wife died Sept. 6th.1911, Margaret McCartan  his daughter died Dec. 12th. 1905. John McCartan his grandson died March 17th. 1918, Terence McCartan his son died July 1st. 1931, Thomas died 15th. September 1943, Sara Jane died April 5th. 1966, R. I. P.
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Very old stone, badly worn.
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Here lieth the remains of George Cunningham of Mullertown who departed this life the 28t. Feb A.D. 1825 age -, Lord have mercy on his soul.
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Cunningham, Holy Mary pray for us, father Charles died 1929, mother Mary M. died 1936
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Kathleen Flynn, died 25th. July 1971 as a result of a road accident. James Cunningham died 20th. Dec. 1975 age 41 years, R. I. P.
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Iron cross no markings
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McCartan, In loving memory of Edward, died 13th. Oct. 1980, Rest in peace, Old-Town.
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Susan Rogers died 5th. Aug.1955, R. I. P.

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McCartan, Leestone, R. I. P.
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Pray for the Soul of Ellen Quinn, died 25th. Dec. 1945
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I. H. S. , Newell, in loving memory of Annie Newell, Valley Road, who died on 5th. July 1969 age 47 years, Sacred heart of Jesus i place my trust in thee, R. I. P.
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Here lieth the body---
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Eileen Cunningham, Maghereagh, died 8th. Nov. 1943, R. I. P.
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Richard Annett, Ellen Annett, Ballyveamore, R. I. P.
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Annett, R. I. P.
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Franklin and Phillips, in memory of Patrick Joseph
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Erected by Thomas Young in memory of his mother, also his infant daughter Margaret Rose. R. I. P.
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I. H. S. Erected by Bernard Rodgers in memory of his mother Margaret Rodgers. who died 4th. May 1896 age 42 years. May she rest in peace Amen.
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I. H. S.  Doran. O'Hanlon
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I. H. S.  Fitzpatrick, In loving memory of Patrick who died 27th. July 1958 and his wife Ellen who died 26th. May 1980, Maghereagh
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Fitzpatrick. R. I. P.
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I. H. S.  Pray for the soul of Daniel Rodgers, Ballyveamore. died 17th. Sept. 1962 Also his wife Elizabeth died 23rd. Feb. 1966. and all his

 ancestors buried here, May they rest in peace
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Rooney, Brackney, Eternal rest grant them OLord
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John Trainor. R. I. P.
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In loving memory of my beloved husband John Rooney who died 27th. April 1926 age 56 years, R. I. P. . Also my dear daughter Annie Mary who died 1st. Sept. 1906 age 6 years. R. I. P.
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In loving memory of Hugh Francis Fox. died 1st. Jan. 1983. R. I. P.
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3 Rose trees at wall, no markers
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Iron cross, no markings
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Stone surround,  Stone cross no markings
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Savage. In loving memory of our dearest aunt Alice, died 30th. Oct 1973 age 89 years. William savage died 5th. May 1928 age 23 years and Margaret Trimble died 5th. June 1933 age 33 years, On their souls sweet Jesus have mercy. R. I. P.
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Marks, Valley Road. In loving memory of Robert, died 6th. May 1941, Margaret died 2nd. March 1947, Patrick died 29th. September 1979,
R. I. P. Margaret died 27th. Feb. 2000, R. I. P.
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Sarah Higgins, died--------

In Loving memory of James Cunningham, Moneydarraghbeg, died 13th. Dec. 1932, Also his son James died11th. Nov. 1978, Edward died11  th. Feb. 1979. Nora Cunningham wife of above named Edward died 21st. Nov. 1980, R. I. P.
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In loving memory of John Doran died 21st. Nov. 1947 age 74 years, Also his father William Doran died 22nd. March 1927 age 75 years.

R. I. P.
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McAlinden
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This stone was erected by James Fitzsimons of Glassdrummond in memory of his mother Mary McKee who died Dec. 20th. 18(31) age 74 years
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Rooney
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Sloan
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Granite surround no markings
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I. H. S., Fitzpatrick, in loving memory of Patrick Fitzpatrick, Mount Panther, who died 11th. May 1957, Also his wife Nora who died 20th. July 1978. On his soul sweet Jesus have mercy, R. I. P.
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In loving memory of Annie Cousins, died 12th. Sept. 1941, Robert Cousins died 13th. Oct. 1961. R. I. P.
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In memory of our father and mother, Mary Trimble died 12th.June 1905 age 68, Henry Trimble died 7th. May 1907 age 72 years,
Their souls rest in peace Amen.
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I. H. S. Byers, In memory of John McConville of Ballykeel, who died April 5th. 1876 age 75 years. Also his beloved wife Elizabeth McConville who died October 1857 age 78 years. May their souls rest in peace Amen
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Cunningham, Carginagh. Susan, 30th. Oct 1918. Ellen, 25th. Sept. 1927, William, 5th. June 1935, Monica, 31st. October 1971, Charles, 20th. Feb. 1989
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In memory of Annie Curtis, Carginagh, died 16th. Aug. 1951 Also her daughter Mary Josephine Wynn, died 15th. Aug. 1982. R. I. P.
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I. H. S., Smyth. R. I. P.
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Quinn, Carginagh, Elizabeth died 11th. Dec. 1971, James died 9th. April 1976, R. I. P.
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In memory of The Very Rev. John Canon Murphy, Parish priest of Lower Mourne, Oct. 1949-Nov. 1971 who died 25th. Sept. 1977. Requiescat in peace,
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Mullan, John ,Joseph, James, 16-5-1925, 10-7-1988
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Smyth Family
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Erected by Catherine Sloan, Ballykeel. in memory of her beloved father. James Sloan. who died 27th. March 1901 age 86 years. Also her beloved mother Sarah Sloan who died 7th. Nov. 1892 age 69 years. R. I. P.
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I. H. S. McCartan. in loving memory of my dear husband William McCartan. who died 12th. Feb. 1974 age 81 years
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I. H. S. Erected by Michael Haughian, Brackney in memory of his beloved wife Catherine Haughian who died 2nd. Feb. 1910 age 55 years. Als his beloved daughter Mary Ann who died 19th. Sept. 0906 age 21 years. Michael Haughian who died 22nd. Feb.1942 age 93 years. Catherine Haughian age 73 died 17th. April 19-8. May they rest in peace.
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I. H. S. Of your charity pray for the souls of Anne, Brigid, Mary, Michael, John, Michael O'Hare (Junior). and Patrick O'Hare who died 11th. Nov. 1907. R. I. P. Patrick O'Hare memorial.
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Nelson
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Iron cross no markings
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I. H. S. John McGlue
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Rooney
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Quinn. Ballyvea. In loving memory of Daniel died 27th. June 1987 age 70 years. R. I. P.
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Morgan. In loving memory of Mary Ruth died 6th. Sept. 1988 age 9 months. R. I. P.
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In loving memory of John Higgins, born 13th. Aug. 1873, died 27th. Nov. 1912. Also of his wife Margaret Anne born 5th. April 1872 died 29th. July 1917, Rest In Peace.
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Nelson, R. I. P.
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John Cannon, died 3rd. Dec. 1987
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Cunningham. In loving memory of Thomas, died 10th. March 1987
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In Rememberance of Francis O'Reilly of  Moneydarraghbeg, who died 24th. Dec. 1894 age 84 years, Also his beloved wife Margaret O'Reilly, died 16th.Janurary 1888 age 56 years, Also Mary, beloved wife of John O'Reilly died 4th. June 1914 age 61 years. May they rest in peace Amen
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Donnan
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I. H. S. Poland. R. I. P.
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Rogers. In loving memory of William died 6th. April 1942. Michael died 10th. Feb. 1976. Julia died 5th. Feb. 1980. Saint Martin Pray For Us.
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I. H. S. Erected by Hugh Rooney of Brackney in memory of his mother Elizabeth  Rooney who died the 7th. Sept. 1874 aged 92 years, and also her husband Patrick Rooney who died 20th. Dec. 1883 age 44 years.
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Russell, Elizabeth, died 16th. July 1962. R.I. P.
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McConville. R. I. P.
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I. H. S.. Doran and Martin. R. I. P.
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I. H. S., Erected by Fel-McC-ak,----------------his beloved wife Sarah who departed this life -April 1866.
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Very old headstone ,unreadable
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McGlue, Leestone
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Haughian, In loving memory of Margaret, died 22nd. July 1966 age 59 years, Also Brenda Anne died 19th. July 1971 age 11 Months. And George died 21st. July 1972 age 72 years. R. I. P.
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Here lieth the body of Michael McDonald of Moneydarragh More, who departed this life 23rd. of October 1827 age 52 years.
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In loving memory of Felix Cunningham , Ballykeel who died 26th. Sept. 1892 age 73. Also his beloved wife Alice who died 12th. June 1896 age 59. Elizabeth Cunningham and Alice Mary Cunningham. Ambrose Quinn. died 16th. Aug. 1977
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Clarke, Blackrock
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Byrne, In memory of Kathleen, died 9th. April 1970. Johnny died 11th. July 1978. R. I. P.
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 Rodgers. I. H. S.1971. Erected by Sarah Nora Rodgers. Valley Road. In loving memory of her husband James who died the 30th. Sept. 1970. Also the above Sarah Nora who died 27th. Jan. 1973. R. I. P.
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Koerber. Henry A.. 1-11-1908--20-1-1980. Thy Will Be Done.
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Phillips, George.died 21st. December 1923 age 54. His wife Mary died 11th. Oct. 1964 age 86 years. Their son William died 5th. April 1983 age 73. R. I. P. Majors Hill
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In loving memory of Catherine E. Faragher, Ballyveamore. died 13th. Aug. 1968. Her brother Patrick Mooney. Her parents, Richard and Catherine Mooney. R. I. P.
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Burns. Carginagh. R. I. P.
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Cunningham. Moneydarraghbeg
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Iron cross, no markings
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McCartan. Brackney Upper. R. I. P.
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Curran. R. I. P.
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I. H. S. In loving memory of John Cunningham. Died 28th. Aug. 1974 age 57 years. R. I. P.
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In loving memory of Alice Mary Rogers. died 18th. Sept. 1956. Also Mary Agnes Rogers who died 20th. Jan. 1965. Charles Rogers died 15th. Jan. 1987. R. I. P.
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I. H. S. Erected by Francis O'Reilly of Moneydarraghbeg in memory of his beloved wife Ann O'Reilly, who departed this life 6th. Sept. 1889 age 65 years. And of his son Bernard who died in Newburgh, United States of America 23rd. Oct. 1892 age 23 years, Francis, 1908-1933. Patrick, 1864-1946, Mary, 1862-1949, Katherine, 1875-1959, Hugh, 1949-1976, Michael, 1956-1979. May They Rest in Peace.
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I. H. S. Erected by James Rodgers, Moneydarraghbeg in loving memory of his mother Catherine who died 12th. March 1929. Also his father Edward who died 12th. Sept. 1932, R. I. P.
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Rooney
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Quinn, Brackney
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Rice
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I. H. S. Erected to the memory Arthur Magee who died June 1893, Also his son who died Feb. 1884 age 34 years. Also his wife Rose who died August 1901 age 80 years
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Higgins. In memory of my dear husband and our dear father Willie, who died 30th. Jan.1959. Also brother Robert died on April 26th. 1958. Baby Kellie one month old. Kathleen wife of Willie died 17th. Nov. 1986. R. I. P.
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Doran. Ballyveamore. In loving memory of our dear parents John died 17-4-1958. Kathleen died. 2-2-1976.On their souls dear Jesus have mercy.
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Byers, R. I. P.
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Collins. R. I. P.
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I. H. S. Erected by John Fitzpatrick, Ballykeel in loving memory of his dear wife Sara, Theresa Fitzpatrick who died 21st. Jan 1941. The above named John Fitzpatrick died 15th. Aug. 1962. Also their son Charles died 14th. May 1965. Sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on Her.
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I. H. S. Fitzpatrick, Ballykeel. In loving memory of  Daniel who died 17th. July 1925. His wife Ellen died 10th. Jan. 1937. Their Daughters Winnie died 28th. Sept 1959. Mary died 6th. May 1982. Conor died 13th. Dec. 1983 age 18years. On their souls sweet Jesus have mercy.
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In loving memory of Patrick Cunningham, Ballyveamore who died on 17th. March1868 age 89 years. His wife Jane Cunningham who died on 20th. May 1878 age 94 years. Merciful Jesus grant him eternal rest.
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Poland, R. I. P.
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Rodgers
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Fiona McCartan died 31st. March 1980. R. I. P.
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Cunningham I. H. S. Sacred to the memory of Hugh Cunningham of Maghereagh who died the 20th. March 1900 age 80 years. Also his beloved children Maria ,Theresa and Joseph are intered here. Ann Cunningham died 19th. March 1909. Nicholas H. Rogers died 6th. Dec.1911. Margaret Rogers died 5th. March 1921. Elanor Cunningham died 24th. Sept. 1940. Sean Rogers died 15th. April 1943. Isabella Rogers died 2nd. Jan 1975. Requiecant In Peace
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Daniel Rooney. Catherine McCartan, John McAlinden. R. I. P.
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Cannon. In loving memory of our mother Ellen, died 17th. Jan. 1950. Our father John died 13th. Aug. 1955. Their son John died 30th. Sept. 1967, R. I. P.
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Fitzpatrick.
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Cunningham
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Erected in memory of William Rodgers. Longstone. Who departed this life 24th. July 1890 age 69 years. May he rest in peace.
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Quinn. R.I.P.
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Burden, Rest in peace
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Fitzpatrick. Longstone, W. J. Fitzpatrick. Poet. died 7-2-1983. He penned in song and story. The mourne he loved so much. Remembered by his admirers.
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In memory of John McVey who died 23rd. March 1872. His wife Margaret who died 27th. Feb. 1874 and of their daughter Margaret who died 9th. Oct. 1874
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Here Lieth the body of John McVeigh of Mullartown who departed this life January 1835 age 17 years, May he rest in peace.
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I. H. S. In memory of Nicholas Cunningham 1860-1929. And his wife Margaret. 1868-1941, R. I. P.
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McBurney. R. I. P.
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Erected by Henry Quinn of Carganagh in memory of his beloved wife Elizabeth Anne Quinn. who died 31st. July 1885 age 62. The above Henry Quinn who died 12th. November 1898 age 82, Requiecant in peace.Paul Henry Quinn much loved son of William and Patricia, died 9th. Dec.1969 age 4 years. The Angles always see the face of my father in heaven.Matt.xv111
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Erected by Margaret Rodgers in memory of her beloved husband Hugh who died November 18th. 1879 age 32 years. Also her daughter Rose who died November 2nd. 1878 age 2 months.
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I. H. S. Fitzpatrick. In loving memory of James Fitzpatrick. Brackney. Who died on 14th. April 1951. His son John died 21st. September 1961. His wife Rose who died on 6th. April 1965.
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McKibben. In loving memory of Mary McKibben. R. I. P.
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I. H. S. Sherry. R. I. P.
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I. H. S.. Sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on the soul of Ann Kenny who died 17th. Feb. 1947. R. I. P.
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I. H. S. In memory of James McCartan of Ballyveagh who died Ja. 2nd. age 75 years. 1897. R. I. P.
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Cunningham
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Doran. R. I. P.
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Smith Hugh. 7th. Dec. 1974. R. I. P.
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Cunningham. Brackney East
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I. H. S. Rooney
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I. H. S. Jesus Mary Mercy Help. McKibben  R. I. P.
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In loving memory of William and Patrick Craney of Leestone. R. I. P.
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I. H. S. Pray for the souls of Richard Maginn died 30th. Jan. 1885 age 56 years. His wife Sarah died 26th. Feb. 1914 age 72 years. Their sons. James died 22nd. July 1942 age 70 years. Francis died 21st. Feb. 1946 age 69 years. Patrick died 5th. July 1935 age 62 years. Also Mary wife of Patrick died 17th. Nov. 1945 age 63 years. Their daughter Eileen died 22nd. April 1932 age 8 years. Mary Theresa died 3rd. Feb. 1981 age 62. Hugh died 23rd. Feb. 1986 age 65. R. I. P. Maginn.

Father Patrick Maginn, parish priest Glenravel died 3rd. Sept. 1974 age 62 years, Latin text. Sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. Requiescant in Pac?.
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I. H. S. Here lieth the body of Mary Small who departed this life the 16th. Jan. 1827 age 25 years. Also her sister Margaret Small who departed this life the 8th. day of April 1827 age 22 years. Mullertown.
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I. H. S. Harrison. Jane. 16th. Feb. 1943. Edward, 11th. June 1945. Richard, 23rd. June 1950. Edward Jun.,1st. Jan. 1960. Ellen, 5th. Feb. 1976. William, 25th. Oct. 1978. Sarah. 10th. April 1988. R. I. P.
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Cunningham. R. I. P.
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I. H. S.. Here lieth the body of James Cunningham, late of  the Moore ,Kilkeel. who departed this life 9th. Sept.1828 aged 48 years.
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I. H. S. Erected by Ellen McCourt in memory of her mother Bridget McCourt. died 24th. July 1910. age 73 years. Also her father Hugh McCourt died 18th. Dec. 1914 age 77 years.
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I. H. S.  Erected by Mary Cunningham of Ballykeel in memory of her beloved husband Bernard Cunningham who departed this life 22nd. December 1859 age 52 years.
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Crawford. I. H. S.
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Jim McAlinden. Patrick and Susan  McCartan. R. I. P.
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O'Hare 53  Leestone Road.. R. I. P.
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Rooney and McCartan. Leestone.
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Trainor. R. I. P.
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McKay family. R. I. P.
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I. H. S. Maginnis
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Phillips. R. I. P.
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Burden.
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Patrick Rooney died 19-6-57. R. I. P.
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I. H. S. Erected by Margaret McKibbin. In loving rememberance of her mother Margaret McConvery. who died 29th. May 1893 age 86 years.
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Burden. R. I. P.
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I. H. S. Cunningham. R. I. P.
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R. I. P. Cunningham
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McCartan

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More names will be added this week

Ballykeel - The Famine Bridge

Ballykeel Townland starts at the Mullagh Bridge which was finished around 1848 and was known locally as "The Famine Bridge" as it was constructed with money which came to alleviate the Potato Famine and provide work for the small holders in the area. Local committees had the task of finding schemes which suited the title 'small works of local utility'. Most of the schemes were stone walls, drainage and reclaimed waste land or small bridges. This area, however, was not too badly off as the sea and shoreline provided 'kitchen' for all - wilks (winkles) and limpets were gathered from the rocks, taken home and boiled to make soup. Herrings and mackeral were caught, salted down in large earthenware crocks and used for main meals. Cured and dried ling fish, a relative of the cod family, was also used extensively but it had to be boiled a few times as it was very salty.

A Mile Stone near the Bridge records the distance to Newry as 16 Irish Miles - still visible to-day as part of a farm ditch. The road what for years was known as "The Big Wall" in front of Willie Quinn's house was part of the same government scheme The clay and gravel excavations from the road cutting and wall foundations were wheel-barrowed down and used as fill to make the existing road up to Bridge level. The owner during the time of the wall construction was Alexander Trimble. Now the wall and Willie Quinn have both passed away although the present owner Jim Martin has incorporated the datestone (1848) and many of the ordinary stones and gate-posts into walls around his home in Ballykeel.

Below the present bridge lies a recently renovated bungalow. However in 1860 Pat Quinn owned this site where he operated as a farrier and blacksmith. Tommie his son inherited the business on his father's death and continued with the trade. He was called "The Ballykeel Land and Sea Inventer". In the 1 930s he converted an Austin 18 car into a tractor which ploughed and cultivated his land. We also believe he patented many inventions such as windmills and generators over the years. He converted a punt into a speed boat using a motor cycle engine adapted to drive vertically which together with wind assistance enabled him to travel through the water at high speeds.

He also had guards fitted around the propeller blades in the interests of safety. He launched the boat at Ballykeel Shore helped by Willie Martin from Ballykeel and James McBurney from the Glen. No passengers were allowed! He was a very strong swimmer and regularly swam across Ballykeel Bay. He owned and drove a motor cycle and sidecar. Close to Tommy's entrance was a Blue and White Royal Automobile Club Telephone Kiosk but access to it was only for members who had a special key. With the advent of telephones to almost all homes it was superfluous and was removed several years ago.

Pat's Road

David McCann and his family lived at the top of Pat's Road. The 1863 Register records him as having 3.5 acres of ground. They ran a small grocery shop from the House and indeed this continued in operation until 1920. It operated almost entirely on the 'barter system'. This meant that goods were exchanged i.e. a person wanting groceries, oil or candles would hand in eggs or butter - no money changed hands. The Quinn's who owned one side of Pat's Road married into the McCann's who owned the other side and eventually the land all passed to Tommy Quinn. The walls of the McCann house were removed in the 1940s to make way for the construction of a new house by W. E. Jones (Annalong) for a Belfast lady Miss Liske. She named it 'The Forge' as a memorial to a former use of the site. It was unique for this period as it had a flax thatched roof. In 1954 she returned to Belfast and the property was bought by Wesley Henning who moved here from Newry. Richard (1958) was the only one of their family of two girls (Deirdre and Valerie) and four boys (Harold, John and Keith are the others) to be born here. Wesley followed Bob McDonnell as Bibby's Agricultural Sales Representative in the South Down area. He was well known in the area through his being secretary of the Mourne Chamber of Commerce, Kilkeel Golf Club and the Festival Committee. The boys all went to sea after leaving school and bought their first trawler MFV Forethought in 1979 from Alex Newell.

They added three boats within the next few years - MFV Be Graceful (1981), Replenish (1984) and Spes Melior (1988). To-day they are involved in the Fish Wholesale and Auctioneering business.

In June 1961 fire destroyed the roof and the house was refurbished by Major Hanna but this time with a slate roof. In four months they were back in the house. However two things remain from the McCann era - a headstone in Ballymartin Graveyard erected by Daniel McCann in memory of his beloved wife Mary who died on the 16th January 1862 aged 68 years and an iron gate with the name plate Daniel McCann. This is now in the possession of the Martin family as Jim (now deceased) removed it to his home when he purchased the ground in the forties. In the Griffith Valuation 1860 there were recorded seven houses down at Ballykeel Point. The following names appear John McConville, William Higgins, William McNight, James Collins, Patrick Collins and David Newell. The Collins' families moved to three new cottages on Pat's Road about 1904. To-day these houses have been modernised and grandchildren of the original occupants still occupy them. Most, if not all, of the Collins' men were fishermen and this still runs in the families. In 1894 my wife's grand-uncle, Joe Collins, was drowned just off Ballykeel. He was one of six men who perished with the "Twin Sisters" whose fate has been recorded in verse:

"Twas on the ninth of February, in Eighteen Ninety-Four,
Sad is the tale we must relate which happened off our shore,
When six of our brave fishermen (who feared no peril or dread),
Went out upon that fatal day to earn their daily bread
The "Twin Sisters" was the small boat, with six brave men was manned
John Ballance was the master, that day he had command:
John Cousins and John Hogg, with Robert Cousins, too,
Patrick Cunningham and Joe Collins comprised her gallant crew. .................

.(J S Wray)

Another disaster was narrowly averted in the early 50s when during the height of the herring skiff fishing season the 'Annie Grills' and the 'Go Ahead' collided out at sea off the 'The Rough Ditch' between Ballykeel and the Glen. The 'Go Ahead' fared worse and all the crew had to abandon ship. All were shaken but were soon taken aboard other skiffs. The next morning many people lined the bankhead to look at the abandoned boat breaking up on the coastline.

The sinking of the Go Ahead

I have a sad tale for to tell
So you can bow your head
Its all about a Kilkeel boat
And her name was Go Ahead
She was a good seaworthy craft
A skiff like all the rest
Dependable and sound was she
And classed among the best

Twas on an autumn evening
She set sail from the quay
A-heading for the' Churches'
Her prospects there to see
A herring hog came up in front
And tumbled on his head
And soon she was upon the spot
The gallant 'Go Ahead'

The 'Annie Grills' was fishing near
A-haulin in the herrin
The' Go Ahead ' rose on a swell
And crashed upon her stern
The ship was holed and sinking
And most of the crew jumped clear
But some of them remained on board
Being petrified with fear

The bravest of the crew just then
Was a man named Billy Cole
With an old tarpaulin cover
He tried to stuff the hole
But his efforts were of no avail
And he jumped clear just in time
And there they left the 'Go Ahead'
A-bobbin in the brine

The next day it was Sunday
And the breakers they did roar
The crowds upon the beaches
Were joined by more and more
The' Go' Ahead was coming in
All broken up and tore
And there she ended up her days
On Ballymartin shore

Joseph Rooney

The Ballykeel Road

The Mourne Yeomen.

In the 1 790s much of Ireland was calling for reforms from England and the first mention of the United Irish Society in the area appears in "An Address to Every Citizen of the North" by William Annett which was published in 1797. He states "Even in Mourne, the most peaceful part of Downshire, the inhabitants are in arms. A Club of United Irishmen is set up in that township, known as Kilkeel, under the head of the Reading Club, but, thanks be to God, I hear that Mr Needham has closed it. All well-behaved citizens should remember the butchery in France, the open murder of the Royal House of that country, and the nobility and gentry. The cause of religion has there, too, sustained much abuse." Annett, although living in Belfast at this time was a native of Ballyveaghbeg. He died in 1810.

After the formation of the United Irishmen Gustavus Matthews of Loyalty Farm in Mourne asked Lord Downshire to request the British Government for leave to raise a Yeomanry Force. Alexander Chesney, who was a coastguard based in Annalong, was commissioned on the 31st October 1796 and his nine year old son was commissioned on 3rd May 1798; he went on to become the famous General Chesney 'father of the Suez Canal.' He had much difficulty in getting members but eventually a unit was set up and its police station was located up the Ballykeel Road in John Newell's building. The Officers trained in the "Wee Meadow" where Newell Bingham's Guest House (Sharon Farm) now stands. A Sergeant Newell was in charge of the Station. Any person that committed an offence or crime or misdeed was brought to the station, questioned, then put into the black hole all night. Next morning they were handcuffed and walked to Newry where a court was held. If convicted they were taken to either Armagh or Downpatrick Gaols to serve their times.

John Newell's house is still standing and in an almost original condition. It is in use as a self-catering holiday unit. Despite being the Coastguard Chesney found it difficult to patrol the shore. Indeed gun- running took place as we can see from a statement given by William Perry of Ballyardle to Rev Lucas Waring, Rector of Kilkeel and magistrate on March 6th 1798: "William Perry, of Ballyardle, in the parish of Kilkeel Co Down was taken before me on oath and saith that in the early light on the 4th March instant a lugger came within 100 yards of the beach at Long Point. Ballymartin (opposite Bramhall), and many stands of arms, belt straps, at least 10 casks, which he has reason to believe to be powder and shot, as they were hard to handle, were taken in two small boats to the shore.

All this and more were removed by at least 50 men, many of whom were entire strangers to the said deponent, and taken to the mountains. The deponent further saith that he was informed that the arms were French and that he saw the following men, whom he well knows, namely - William Burnside, Kilkeel; John Orr, Kilkeel; Charles Orr, Derryogue; Hugh Orr, Ballymartin; Samuel Hanna, Kilkeel; Owen McAvoy, Ballyardle; Patrick Quinn, Aughrim; Terence Russell, Cranfield; Arthur Lappin, Kilkeel; Patrick Morgan, Ballynahattan, Silvester Morgan of the same place; Henry Doran, Ballyardle; John Newell, Ballyardle; and James Annett of Leitrim. Deponent further saith that he reported the landing to Captain Alexander Chesney 1st Mourne Infantry at about 10 by the clock in the forenoon of the said day: only then was it possible to make his information. Long Point is to the east of Kilkeel, but a few furlongs off, and is not much under public notice." This was a landing that was reported; no doubt many more went unnoticed.

In "Memoirs of the Different Rebellions in Ireland, etc" Sir Richard Musgrave states "About a thousand United Irishmen assembled in that mountainous part of County Down to discuss the expediency of a general rising and the question was agitated a considerable time. At length it was proposed to decide it by votes, and a division took place when upwards of three hundred declared themselves averse to open hostility at that time. Though the majority were for it, the schism was so considerable that it was thought prudent to postpone it to a more favourable opportunity. A Mr John Maginnis, who had married a sister of the famous Bartholomew Teeling, took the principal lead in urging an immediate resistance.

The decision of that important question was hastened by an account that a party of the Ancient Britons were approaching to dispose the assembly and they actually pursued Maginnis ten miles, but were not fortunate enough to apprehend him. It may be proper to observe that the majority, on that occasion, consisted chiefly of Roman Catholics, and the minority of Presbyterians and a few Protestants of the Established Church, who were not then sufficiently enlightened to countenance a general massacre". Although Musgrave's book was published only three years after the Rising his writings have to be taken with a pinch of salt as he is regarded as having made many blunders in his recall of events although it is generally believed that his account above is reasonably accurate.

In the Duty Books of both the Ancient Britons (The Welsh Horse) which were stationed at Newry, Rathfriland and Banbridge and 22nd Light Dragoons which were stationed at Dromore and Katesbridge record that the Mourne United Irishmen took the field on 22nd June 1797 and they advanced in force to oppose Maginnis.

When the Ancient Britons got to Kilkeel they found that all the Insurgents had fled, and Sir Watkins Wynne issued orders to his men not to spill any blood or burn any houses. This is the only good order that he ever issued in Ireland, according to the records of his regiment as The Britons were counted the worst of the corps who served in Ireland at that period. The Duty Book of the Dragoons records that they got within shot of Maginnis and three other officers near Tullymore but lost them in the rough country. He lived at Ballela, near Dromore, and was married to a sister of the famous Teelings.

This was the year before the Rebellion and the rebels were ill-prepared for battle. The Mourne unit took to the field because they had received information that North Down and Antrim had already rebelled but once Maginnis heard that this had not happened he decided to allow his men to disperse to prevent needless bloodshed. This was the only recorded trouble in this part of the country during that period.

Taken from the book, 'A Mourne Mile' Vol. 1, A short history of Ballykeel & Ballymartin.

By John Newell, Ballymartin

Ballykeel Townland

1 The White Gates - main entrance to Ballykeel House.

2 The Gent Pad - main roadway leading up to Ballykeel house. Local legend says that ghosts have appeared there; others used it as a meeting place.

3 Pat's Road corner - former meeting place and cross roads.

4 Hughie's Loanin - leading to the Fairy Glen.

5 The Fairy Glen - the home of the fairies.

6 Baird's Brae - leading to the shore; loading place for the wrack carts.

7 The Hatter's Stream - it rises in the Well Field above Orr's meadow and flows down to Ballykeel Shore.

8 The Hatter's Hole - where clay was removed from in earlier times.

9 Patchy's Island - visible at low water during spring tides.

10 Fresh Water Spring - visible at low water during spring tides.

11 St. Patrick's Foot - this footprint on a shore stone is reputed to be that of St. Patrick. It is South of the Mullagh River estuary.

12 Anthony's Banks - alongside the Mullagh River.

13 The Groves - formerly Walmsley's Plantations.

14 The Spout - a former domestic water distribution point from a well. It served many families until the sixties.

15 Mill Pond and Weir - drove Walmsley's Mills.

16 The Back Dam - source of water for Mill Race.

17 Butler's Grove - wooded area.

18 The Farm - Hill Irvine's house.

19 Glenny's House - on Irvine's farm.

20 Irvine's Bogs - rough marsh area.

21 Carvill's Loanin - on Irvine's farm.

22 The Moor Loanin - leading to Jim Martin's outfarm; once reached as far as Carrigenagh Road.

23 Broged Springs - rises in Irvine's Bogs.

24 The Haunted House - located in Hanna's Bogs.

25 The Hill House - known as middle of Mourne; now part of Newry and Mourne's playing fields.

26 Craig-An-Aine - fairy ring and former home of Ballymartin G F C.

27 The Thorn Bush - now gone but was a land mark at Carrigenagh Road/Quarter Road (now Brackenagh West Road) junction.

28 The Quartzs Houses - beside Lisnahilta Fort.

29 Lisnahilta Fort - Fairy Fort.

30 The Wren's Nest - on Quarter (now Brackenagh West) Road. Old walls of a house; also a meeting place.

31 The Quarter Houses - a clachan of four houses.

32 Barney's Scrogg - rough wooded area.

33 Big Johnny Annett's Hill - on A2.

34 Ballykeel Corner - T -Junction and meeting place.

35 National School - first school in area; now demolished.

36 The Glen Loanin - leading down to the sea from the.A2.

37 Mahula's Well - pure spring well used by many locals over the years.

38 Lignagin - headland above Mahula's Well.

39 The Rough Ditch - Stone ditch along the shoreline near the glen.

THE BELFAST NEWSLETTER INDEX, 1737-1800

Compiled by

John C. Greene

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51717 25 Apr. 1766 3 mountain water turf gentlemen farmers proposals +Newry 16.
set 1 Nov. term Rockfield House +Mourne Co. +Down offices garden land tract
Adland
 
55500 11 Aug. 1767 1 +Down slated dwelling house +Dundrum!Bay +Isle!of!Man coast +Dublin
+Newry 7 set 1 Nov. arable pasture land +Ballymacveemore barony +Mourne Co.
application =Norman,John/Rev.
harbour offices stone-faced ditches sea moss firing. mountain farm
Adland
Mine
 
70479 8 Mar. 1768 1 let May land +Ballyveamore +Mourne Co. +Down dwelling-house mountain farm
lime-kiln stone-faced ditches sea fire water =Norman,Mrs. +Newry =Houston,Mr.
Adland
 
73625 12 July 1768 1 ditches sea fire water mountain =Houston,William +Lisnaree 9.
set Nov. farm land +Rockfield +Mourne Co. +Down dwelling house stone-faced
Adland
 
73967 13 Apr. 1770 2 +Banbridge =Maffett,John +Castlewellan. =Speers,David +Dromore +Castlereagh
+Cunningham =Boyd,James +Ballyalbert. +Lecale =Pilson,John +Downe
+Dufferin =Carr,John +Ballygoskin. +Newry =Maitland,Adam +Mourne
=Bigham,Robert +Ballyvaston. +Kinalarty =Johnston,Thomas +Ballynahinch
=Kilpatrick,John 30 Mar. court =Paterson,J/CC.
=Wilson,Hugh +Saintfield =Greer,John +Cultra. +Ards =McCully,William
persons serve High Constables Co. +Downe baronies +Iveagh =Dunbar,John
Adlegal
Govirl
 
74096 8 May 1770 2 +Castlewillan dwelling land 7.
furniture. garden grass wanted sea air =Keowen,Daniel =Keowen,Henry
mountains +Mourne set goat whey Nov. house office late =Keowen,John +Tullymore
Adhouse
D
 
76736 7 May 1771 3 +Canal!St. 4.
Seafield Lodge let 1 May minority heirs late =Carlile,Robert mountains +Mourne
acres lined land let house. 1 Nov. dwelling-house +North!St. ware-houses
bay +Carlingford. +Newry +Rostrevor parlour hall kitchen larder cellar
sleeping-rooms coach-house. stabling horses hay-loft pigeon-house furniture
stables offices. grass meadows proposals =Pollock,Mr. +High!St. =Davis,Mr.
Adhouse
 
95493 27 - 30 June 1775 3 +Ballygowan. +Lecale =Wallace,John +Hollymount. +Ards =Orr,Robert +Kircubbin
+Dufferin =Lindsay,Thomas +Tullavera. +Newry =Hughes,Arthur. +Mourne
+Hillsborough. +Castlereagh =Jackson,John +Knocknagonny =Orr,Thomas
=Halyday,John +Kilkeel. Treasurer county warrants assizes. apply
=Maclune,Busby +Downe duplicates rising court executions order.
=McMinn,Francis +Donaghadee. +Kinalarty =Nelson,George +Craigdough.
=Price,John +Banbridge lower. =Knox,John/Jr. +Drumanockan =Rennison,Charles
Co. +Down list High Constables. upper +Iveagh =Dickson,John +Castlewellan
Adlegal
Govloc
 
98709 12 - 15 Oct. 1773 2 +Mourne =Nedham,William lease 14 =Hamilton,Gawin.
Co. +Down =Donnelan,Ralph plaintiff =Kirkpatrick,John city +Dublin hosier
defendant sold sheriff house =Fisher,John innholder town +Downpatrick 30
returnable right title interest lands +Glassdrummon parish +Kilkeel barony
virtue writ fieri facias issued court King''s Bench. seal test 29 June
Adland
Adlegal
Alco
 
106837 10 - 13 May 1774 3 +Glassdrummon barony +Mourne term years 9 =Blackwood,Townley.
Co. +Down =Kelly,Hugh assignee =Donnellan,Ralph. plaintiff =Kirkpatrick,John
city +Dublin defendant. sold sheriff house =Fisher,John town +Downpatrick 21
virtue fieri facias issued cause marked foot right title interest part lands
Adland
Adlegal
 

 

Doc ID Issue
Date
Page No Abstract Subject
110204 29 July - 2 Aug. 1774 3 +Ards =Blackwood,John +Bangor =Boden,Hugh +Ballyward +Kinalarty +Dufferin
=Dunbar,William/Jr. +Drumandony person unknown Barony. treasurer issued
=McNall,David +Ballybeen. =Sayers,George. +Lecale =Carson,Joseph +Ballylig
=Montgomery,Nathaniel +Ballydugan. =Brown,Robert +Kilmore. +Castlereagh
=Orr,Andrew +Seaford =Taylor,Thomas +Ballygoskin. +Mourne +Newry
Co. +Downe persons served office high constable notice pay treasurer sums due
assizes executions bailiffs. list upper +Iveagh =Mulrea,Daniel +Castlewellan
half. =McWilliam,David +Banbridge lower. =Hamilton,Andrew +Lisnashanker
warrants named levying cess spring pay sent post =McClune,Busby duplicates.
Adlegal
114069 15 - 19 Mar. 1776 3 =Cunningham,Wm. =Mollon,Ed. =Clery,Neal =George,John =Macartan,Bar.
=Dunbar,William/Jr. =Townsend,Ambrose =Draper,Abraham =Moore,Hugh
=Moore,John/Jr. =Hoyns,Manes =Moore,John =Vance,John/Jr. =Shannon,Samuel
=Moore,Nicholas =Atkinson,George =Jefferson,Joseph =Halyday,John
=Quin,Michael =Marmion,Richard.
=Raymond,John =Chesnott,James =Coffee,Wm. =Fitzpatrick,Dennis =Fey,John
=Vance,John =Magee,James =Cunigan,Pat. =Cunigan,Pat/Jr. =Doran,Pat.
=Wamsley,John =Seed,Adam =Atkinson,Arthur =Seed,Hugh =Huston,Wm.
=White,Richard =Dobson,John =Marmon,Wm. =Carr,Robert =Kennedy,Andrew
=Young,Robert =Cunningham,James =Marnon,Pat. =Heslip,James. =Moore,Charles
conducted total satisfaction return thanks. =Moore,Stuart =Atkinson,John/Jr.
persons +Mourne certify =Winder,John acted Magistrate since appointment office
Adlegal
115955 8 Aug. 1769 3 =Davis,John +Christ!Church!Yard +Dublin chain steel brass key. return
=Halyday,William =Fivey,David +Loughbrickland =Halyday,John reward 4.
dropt stolen +Newry +Kilkeel +Mourne Co. +Down 23 silver watch maker name
Adlf
116590 27 June - 1 July 1777 3 +Newry arable pasture moor. river falls overshot mills water driest season
grant =Nedham,Robert +Newcastle. tract mountain surveyed +Kilkeel +Dundrum
rent-roll survey hands =Willock,John attorney 26.
sold towns lands +Ballaghanary +Ballinran Barony +Mourne Co. +Down fee farm
turbary bog-timber tenants leases May 1783 limestone townlands. title-deeds
Adland
 
119690 7 - 10 July 1778 3 lived +Mourne apprehend lodge gaols reward application.
open chest stole gold silver white jacket edged tape canvas trousers father
parish +Loughgilly Co. +Tyrone labourer pretence afraid impressed. 6 break
robbery man calling =Rice,James sailor lodged =Boyle,Edward +Drummin +Newry
Adlegal
Crime
131691 14 - 18 Mar. 1777 3 =Montgomery,James geneva trusses tobacco chesttea. =Jordan,Mr. officers yawl
coast +Mourne boat rolls hampers wine sent places sale.
seized 1 +Newcastle =Bloomfield,Mr. surveyor party revenue officers inspection
Alco
Legal
Nirl
Ship
Tax
137277 2 - 6 Apr. 1779 3 +Sussex labourer. =Young,John +Norfolk =Craddock,John +Huntingdon shoemaker.
=Cane,Edward +Dawson!St. +Dublin.
=Hill,William +Wiltshire blind eye =Gordon,Patrick +Ballynahinch pitted
deserted 36th Regiment +Killough =Clark,James born parish +Mourne Co. +Down
small-pox gaol guard-house kingdom reward apply officer +Drogheda +Belfast
weaver joint thumb. =Fisher,Charles +Blackburn +Lancashire =Lee,William
Adarmed
141630 24 - 27 June 1777 2 +Belfast +Newry express Collector port American privateer +Mourne
intercept linen ships +Chester fair public suspend advice.
Fair
Linen
Nirl
Ship
War
149206 23 - 26 Sept. 1777 2 =Anderson,Miss. Co. +Down riding mountains +Mourne horse threw dragged foot
blood speechless arm thigh broken scull fractured gentleman''s house limbs head
stirrup home revenue officer road woman''s hat handkerchief bloody. murdered
trepanned recovery.
Nirl
Tax
152481 11 - 14 Nov. 1777 2 +Belfast =Williams,James +Mourne party inspection =Montgomery,James seized 9
bohea tea storehouse +Banbridge.
Crime
Legal
Nirl
Tax

 

Doc ID Issue Date Page No Abstract Subject
157341 23 - 27 June 1780 3 +Ballyvea 26.
let term tuck mills townland +Brecknough +Mourne Co. +Down presses shears
utensils clothing business. flax mill housing turf bog land =Moore,William
Adland
Admach
Linen
158803 14 - 17 Sept. 1779 1 +Arbuckle =Potter,Capt. +Mourne =Ross,Capt. total armed unarmed.
+Ardmillan +Waringsford +Magherally =Knox,Capt. Horse +Moorehall =Moore,Capt.
+Belfast public state volunteer corps Co. +Antrim +Down captains +Armagh
+Carncastle +Ballycastle =Boyd,Capt. +Ballymoney =Leslie,Capt. +Bushmills
+Castleward =Ward,Ed/Capt. +Portaferry =Savage,Capt. +Echlinville
+Crumlin. +Dervock =Moore,Capt. +Ballylease +Coleraine =Crombie,Capt.
+Derry +Donegall +Monaghan +Tyrone communicate printers letter officers
+Newry =Scott,Capt. =Bristow,Capt. +Banbridge +Loughbrickland +Glascar
+Newtown =Stewart,Capt. +Comber =Andrews,Capt. +Killileagh =Blackwood,Capt.
+Springfield =Waddel,Capt. +Saintfield =Prince,Capt. +Rostrevor =Ross,Capt.
=Bell,Capt. +Carrickfergus +Larne =Shaw,Capt. +Glenarm =Stewart,Capt.
=Duncan,Capt. +Ballyaghran +Portrush +Rasharkin =Bristow,Capt. +Portglenone
=Echlin,Capt. +Bangor =Crawford,Capt. +Gilford =Johnston,R/Sir +Downpatrick
=Glerawly,Lord +Kilmore =Fergie,Capt. +Seaford =Forde,Capt. +Donaghadee
=Lendrick,Capt. +Broughshane +Buckna +Connor +Kells +Doagh +Ballyclaire +Clough
=Lloyd,Capt. =Lyle,Capt. +Somerset =Richardson,Capt. +Baldrushane =Galt,Capt.
=McMinn,Capt. +Ballywalter =Cochran,Capt. +Rathfryland =Clanwilliam,Lord
=Saunders,Capt. =Brown,Capt. train +Lisburn =Stewart,Capt. +Lambeg
=Simpson,Capt. =Hill,Capt. +Cullybackey =Dickey,Capt. +Ballymena
=West,Capt. =Trotter,Capt. +Killinshy =Hamilton,Capt. +Castlewellan
privates musters dates associations armed publish. +Belfast =Banks,Capt.
Armed
Nirl
159695 6 - 9 Feb. 1781 2 +Down. =Thompson,Lt. =Lewis,Lt. $Men/of/Mourne country people assembled beach
23 Jan. sloop $Cohran +Port!Glasgow +Dublin sugar +Derryogue +Mourne Co.
30 +Newry stores 1 escorts King.
vessel cargo Volunteers arms plundering directions surveyor remainder landed
Armed
Nirl
Ship
173394 13 - 16 Feb. 1781 3 +Arrigle +Tynan +Rathfriland bounty Parliament act 12.
=Campbell,Patrick bleacher. +Mourne 6 gaols north =Richardson,William/Capt.
=Hannety,Hugh weaver +Maghera 4 =Fitzpatrick,John +Kilmegan 11
=Jackson,Arthur trade labourer parish +Artray Co. +Derry 7 Jan. +Clough +Down.
deserted =Moore,Lt. recruiting party 18th Royal Regiment +Ireland
Adarmed
Crime
173698 13 - 17 Apr. 1781 3 =Dunn,Jane.
=Gennings,Patrick. =Kinley,Patrick parish +Tannockmore Co. +Down falsehood
deserted +Killileagh 16 =Fairfull recruiting party 48th Regiment
stolen. reward gaol =Clark,Mr. +Ireland flaxdresser ragman +Mourne wife child
Adarmed
Crime
180327 15 - 19 Apr. 1785 3 =Corry,Isaac/Capt. lieutenant-colonel +Newry Regiment.
calumny Parliament. ministry government +Kildare!St. 25 Mar.
reply =Corry,Mr. Men +Mourne approbation Volunteer body censure justice
Armed
Nirl
184609 4 - 7 Apr. 1786 3 +Aghalow. =Todd,William =McDonnell,Randal +Tullynisker =Reed,William
+Armagh =Cochran,John/Snr. +Donaghmore +Donegall. =Cusack,John +Dromore
+Killishall. =Reed,Adam +Carnteel +Tyrone deliver seals bonds force sureties.
=Cummin,Edward +Mourne +Down =Lyons,James +Balrnsham. +Londonderry.
=Hall,John +Loughgall =Hayes,William =Doon,Neil =Cunningham,Jas. +Loughgilly
=Hunter,Frederick +Drumcree =Cullen,Robert +Donaghmore =McCann,Patrick
=Hunter,John +Monaghan =Quin,William +Urney. =Orr,Robert +Ardstraw
=O''Money,Thomas +Ballymoney =Wasson,Robert. +Kirkonriola Co. +Antrim
inspectors drapers weavers seize publication hand 3. =Greer,John +Ulster
linen manufacture powers trustees suspend seal-masters. fraudulent practices
Adlegal
Linen
186275 2 - 5 Aug. 1785 2 $Langrishe cutter rank lieutenant navy. smuggling brig $Washington cargo
+Belfast 5 $Hebe frigate =Gower,Commodore Prince William Henry son Majesty
brandy coast +Wales mountains +Mourne +Carnarvan!Bay landed prohibited goods
harbour Royal Family present Irish land. $Perseus salute =Bristow,Capt.
war.
Armed
Crime
Nbel
Ship
187620 9 - 12 Aug. 1785 2 Volunteer corps battalion brigade +Newry review =Lee,Col. Men +Mourne arms
patriotic salvation +Ireland.
Armed
Nirl
189998 17 - 21 Nov. 1786 3 =Mathewes,Edward deceased 20.
=Willock,John +Vianstown +Downpatrick. transmit representatives
set term lands +Ballachanery +Ballinran. Barony +Mourne Co. +Down proposals
Adland
D

 

Doc ID Issue Date Page No Abstract Subject
193580 21 - 24 Dec. 1784 2 +Antrim.
+Dromore market linens 18 merchants premium mountains +Mourne cambricks Co.
Linen
Nirl
193707 2 - 5 Jan. 1787 3 brandy seized coast +Mourne +Newcastle 1.
sold inch candle Custom-House +Downpatrick bohea tea cakes tobacco ankers
Adcon
197236 5 - 8 Apr. 1785 3 +Tollymore mountain +Mourne browsing goats air healthful. accommodations
ballroom stabling coachhouse +Castlewellan 6.
goat''s whey lodging let =Steel,William +Bryansford =Clanbrassill,Lord deerpark
Adlodg
Dance
Med
204860 1 - 5 Jan. 1790 3 +Mourne.
entertainment given +Kirkeel Co. +Down =Stewart,Robert freeholders Barony
Ent
Nirl
211069 6 - 10 Dec. 1782 3 +Belfast newspaper 3 lands +Ballinran +Lower!Third +Upper!Third barony +Mourne
+Dundalk owners bill sale =Mathews,Edward. =Sibthorp,Robert 5 =Bland,Humphry
=Wilson,Whitton =Hamilton,James.
Co. +Down. +Billachanery +Far!Third +Middle!Third +Kilnnchattenny persons
set years. lives renewable =Page,John/Sr. =Page,John/Jr.
Adland
222788 14 - 18 May 1790 3 +Ballyely. died =Brown,Mr. +Coagh Co. +Tyrone husband parent.
married =Marmion,James/Mr. +Mourne =Magenis,Jane/Miss niece =Magenis,Roger
D
M
Nirl
238656 24 - 28 Aug. 1792 3 +Newry 26 sloop seizure custom-house officers +Kikeel coast +Mourne arms
chimney house.
Armed
Nirl
Ship
238816 14 - 18 Sept. 1792 3 =Thompson,Jon. wooden bridge river +Mourne +Kash =Mountjoy,Lord. Nirl
Trans
240513 19 - 22 Mar. 1793 3 $Alarm frigate +Newry linen ships +London fired signals convoy.
$Lord/Donegall $Linenhall $Flora $William winds.
+Belfast 22 contradict report French privateer +Mourne =Robertson,Lewis/Capt.
Armed
Linen
Nirl
Ship
241366 7 - 10 Feb. 1792 3 house land +Killkeel +Mourne let =Watson,John +Newry =Moore,Stuart 8. Adhouse

 

DOC ID ISSUE DATE PAGE No ABSTRACT SUBJECT
242830 10 - 13 Apr. 1792 3 Co. +Louth disposed lodge +Carlingford +Mourne woods village +Rostrevor
bathing goats whey drawing room +Abbey!St. +Dublin =Greer,Thomas +Newry 11.
 
ADHOUSE
 
245362 8 - 12 Sept. 1786 1 +Charleston. +Massachusett''s!Bay length wharf breadth ornamented lamps pier
+Massachusets. money merchants wooden bridge finished water +Boston
+Virginia. religion trespassed Constitutions peace Unitarian forms worship
14 June 1785. hill town government state war employed industry stupendous
1767 1768 houses built +London influx foreigners 1782.
affairs +America divided government colonial possessions empire edict passed
work +Suir. +Mourne +Waterford +Kilkenny +Derry building bridge over 1766
 
ARCH
NIRL
NLON
NNA
 
245500 15 - 19 Sept. 1786 2 +Amsterdam canals pervade +Rochin +Mourne +Derry +Lurgan 12 Impartial.
+Charlestown rapidity. execution plan borrowed Dutch Americans commerce
publishers > +Belfast Newsletter >. +London wooden bridge +Boston
 
ARCH
LETGEN
 
251912 29 May - 1 June 1795 3 $Hinde frigate harbour prize smuggling cutter mounting guns pounders men laden
casks spirits. tea tobacco nankeen +Guernsey legger frigate +Waterford chase
taken coast +Mourne.
 
ALCO
FOOD
NIRL
SHIP
WAR
 
254158 5 - 8 Feb. 1793 3 +Duffrin =Hamilton,Gawin. =Gordon,John/C. =Pottinger,Eldred +Kinlarty
+Mourne +Dungannon. barony Catholic =Forde,Matthew =Savage,Partick
15 parliament. =Stewart,Robert Barony +Ards =Savage,Patrick =Echlin,Charles
=Crawford,James. =Nevin,Thomas +Upper!Iveagh =Dowglas,George =Vaughan,George
=Dickson,Rev. +Castlereagh =Crawford,John =Ranken,Charles =Price,Nicholas
=Dowglas,Robert. +Newry =Pollock,Joseph =Durham,Andrew =Moody,Boyle/Rev.
=Hoey,William. =Stewart,Alexander =Forde,Matthew +Leale =Maxwell,J/W.
=Nevin,Thomas.
Co. +Down meeting delegates +Ballinahinch 21 =Forde,Mat. resolved +Dungannon
 
ADPOL
 
254610 27 - 31 July 1795 3 sloop $Hillsborough port =Hunter,Robert master +Peel +Isle!of!Man loss mast
top harbour 19 +Dublin +Mourne +Carlingford wreck cargo damaged.
 
MET
NGB
SHIP
 
255130 5 Mar. 1799 3 butcher +Downpatrick 2 =Robinson,Jos. jailor.
escaped +Down jail =Quinn,James weaver flax-dresser +Mourne =Mecan,Arthur
 
ADLEGAL
CRIME
 
258416 23 May 1800 3 +Castlenavin +Mourne =Walmsly,James +Dufferin =How,Gawn +Ballytrim. +Newry
+Newtownards. +Castlereagh =McConnel,Alexander =Ferguson,Robert +Castleavery
=McComb,David +Dromore. +Ards =Galway,Pat. +Portaferry =McCully,John
=Taylor,Archibald +Lecale =Boyce,Robert +Downpatrick =Swail,Adam +Bishopscourt
=Tuft,David +Brickland =Turner,John +Castlewellan. +Kinalearty =Bachwood,John
high constables Co. +Down +Lower!Iveagh =Wright,David +Hillsborough
person warrants 21 =Brett,John treasurer.
 
ADLEGAL
 
260190 9 Apr. 1798 2 +Carlecaville 28 June =Cross,John bog hid +Tullymore mill May Nov.
+Larne. committed +Carrickfergus murder =Wallace,Mr. +Ballynure scabbard
+Newry lampblack barrel > Reading Made Easy >. 64th Regiment =Carlisle,Mr.
=Armstrong,Francis =Falloon,Francis =Frazer,Richard =Shaw,D. =Torney,Thomas
=Bailie,Wm. =Mulrea,Wm. =Saul,Wm. =Glass,Isaac =Mills,John =M''Keown,John high
=Bird,Mr. =Smith,Mr. =Kemmis,Mr. +Kildare!St. +Dublin. informer oath United
=Clanbrassil,Lord =Hansely,James =Huston,William shoemaker +Ballyeaston
=Green,John. =M''Cartin,Wm. =M''Donagh,John ash trees =M''Cully,James
=Huiston,Thomas =Metcalf,William =O''Pree,Thomas =Carlisle,James =Bryson,Andrew.
=Johnston,Nathaniel. =M''Gran,Colin =Dobbs,Counsellor =Closkey,Jos.
=Matthews,Gustavus yeomarny depredation 7 =Pollard,Daniel.
=Montgomery,William =Hagan,Mary yarn bleachfield =Barber,John =Smith,James
=Query,John =Russell,Nathaniel =Toler,William =Quin,Francis =Russell,Peter
=Whiteside,William Oct. abusing family =Annesley,Lord =Coburn,John robbery
Co. +Down assizes 6 court =George,Baron jury prisoner escaped gaol felony
Irishmen =Sandford,Sgt. magistrate =M''Kibbin,Thomas =M''Cleery,Hugh.
convoy =Lake,Gen. rabbit warren =M''Aree,Susanna =O''Hare,John =Johnston,Hugh
examine gaoler repel attack =Lowry,James. burglary house =Innis,Charles 4 1797
foreman bleacher +Scotland mother =West,Robert. =Johnson,William
plate gold watch cash blunderbuss guns pistols. servant =Dutton =Warren,Maj.
sword.
treason discharged civil bill damages =Davidson,William. +Mourne burned racked
 
ARMED
CRIME
D
LINEN
NIRL
 
260420 4 July 1800 3 bed-chambers closet stable garden cabbins +Mourne =Nevin,Capt.
sold 1 Sept. +Hay''s!Row +Warrenpoint +Newry parlours kitchen pantry
 
ADHOUSE
 

 

DOC ID ISSUE DATE PAGE No ABSTRACT SUBJECT
274073 14 Sept. 1798 4 +Castlereagh +Kinlarty females +Ards +Newry +Dufferin +Iveagh +Lecale +Mourne
+Donegall +Leinster +Dublin militia +Kildare +Meath. plan support families
+Drumbo +Lissons Catholics Dissenters +Randalstown insurrection. land-jobbers
+Galway +Munster Batavian fleet =M''Dermon 23 +Bailly''s!Mill habeas corpus.
+Killinchy =Broom +Hillsborough tender 8 June =Curran,Counsellor
+Paris =Lewins.
+Ulster +Westmeath 15 =Shaw,James determination national. prepare arms 19
=Cleland,John/Rev. magistrate oath return guns bayonets pistols swords pikes
=Cormick,John. =Fitzgerald,Edward/Lord =Lawless,Wiliam rebellion +French!St.
=Glenny,Attorney =Wallace,Attorney =Frazer,Attorney. gaoler sheriff witnesses
=Montgomery,Moses =Kean 18 =Thompson,Samuel +Scotch!St. +Dungannon admiral
=Sampson,Counsellor. =Ball,Counsellor =Dobbs,Counsellor =Caddel,Attorney
=Woods,James +Knockbracken 23 22 1797 rising +Belfast 10 July +Texel men.
act lottery benefit Jan. 28 Dec. ship company +Belfast!Lough 7 8 =Rainey,T.
attacked subscribed guineas send +France +North!America societies assist. 17
attornies =Armstrong,James innkeeper +Ballynahinch 11 May. Highlander
cartridge +Antrim +Monaghan +Armagh +Derry. +Louth +Tyrone +Cavan +Fermanagh
cash. resolutions rioting plundering assizes expence honour agents prisoners
coming +Ireland Directory =Lowry =Teeling delegates correspondence 22 14 Aug.
government expedition =Sampson =M''Credy. =Glenny =Curran =Wallace +Cork
proceed fight English Dutch horses Oct. =M''Call,Mrs. 16 +Carrickfergus
provincial county committees colonel military. United Irishmen meetings
report secret committee =Maguan,Nicholas +Saintfield Co. +Down member
surgeon seditious. +London disaffected absconded deputation British resident
 
PRI
 
278702 11 Dec. 1797 3 +Newry 9 Co. +Down sessions insurrection act civil bills juries
=Fitzpatrick,Thomas black-smith =Donaldson,Andrew +Desart =Brown,Isaac
=Herron,Henry traverser =Wright,Richard =McDonnel,John assaults
=McCleland,James white-smith. +Newry Orangeman =Wright,James hatter
=McClelland,James fined =White,John Yeoman. =Jefferson,Thomas public parade
=Sheal,Hugh +Mourne =Quinn,Elizabeth. United Irishman +Kilkeel market
guard-house =McClelland,J. tradesman.
 
ASSOC
CRAFT
CRIME
NIRL
 
281441 28 Nov. - 1 Dec. 1794 3 +Guinea ship strande Co. +Down shore $Surprize +Liverpool +Angola +Manchester
+Rathfryland Majesty''s +Scotland wrecked +England +Ireland.
hardware arms gun-powder iron. +Analong +Mourne mast rigging =Moore justice
peace serjeant corporal +Fermanagh Militia +Rostrevor plundering fire shot
stabbed dead magistrate troops. +Kilkeel =Warren,Mr. +Newry reinforced
 
ARMED
NIRL
RIOT
SHIP
 
281618 30 Dec. 1796 - 2 Jan. 1797 3 +Lower!Iveagh. +Mourne 12 +Lecale +Ards +Castlereagh +Dufferin +Kinalerty
=Brett,John clerk.
Co. +Down adjournment quarter session peace +Newry 11 +Newtownards 14 criminal
civil. business =Mussenden,Daniel crown bills baronies +Upper!Iveagh
 
ADLEGAL
 
282923 17 Oct. 1800 2 +Colerain =Loughridge,Mr. erected =Hill,George/Sir workmanship centre currents
+Lough!Neagh water-keepers preservation fish brood poachers season.
Leap improvement salmon fishery. rivers counties +Mourne +Newry mountains
 
FISH
NIRL
 
282934 17 Oct. 1800 3 =Black,Mr. barony +Mourne Co. +Down distresses poor planted acres potatoes
spring produce shillings soil sandy manured sea wrack dung 13. seed crabs
stalks dry cabbage-net kitchen Mar. plot garden +Lurgan.
 
AGR
NIRL
 
286533 12 - 16 Sept. 1796 3 +Down Sessions General Quarter peace +Downpatrick 4 Oct. seneschals high petty
+Iveagh clerk =Brett,John.
constables jurors summoned 14. =Mussenden,Daniel sheriff +Newry +Mourne
 
ADLEGAL
 
287020 12 Dec. 1800 4 > +Belfast News-Letter >. > Stanzas on December >. > As o''er the mingled
frost hour scenery coast rose brook woods linnet thrush poor distress.
range of hill and dale >. view barrier +Mourne +Donard hail storm cloud shore
 
P
 
287140 28 - 31 Oct. 1796 3 =Mussenden,Daniel sheriff. +Iveagh +Mourne magistrates =Brett,John clerk.
Co. +Down Sessions peace +Newry 23 Nov. seneschals constables 22
 
ADLEGAL
 
287809 5 Nov. 1799 3 +Kilkeel 26 Oct. sheriff officer possession land +Mourne writ party
=Corry,Marcus 23rd Dragoons. ringleaders +Downpatrick gaol assizes trial
opposition laws country.
 
ARMED
CRIME
NIRL