Old Newry Society to mark 50 years

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

ESTABLISHED by a set of enthusiastic amateur historians in 1968, the Old Newry Society strides forward to hold its 50th season of lectures, trips and social gatherings.
The first Officers of the society, were Kevin Neary, Dr Padraig Quinn, P.A. Crinion and Matt McAteer. Among the founding committee were, Una McClafferty, Major Reside, Jim McArt, Rev John McAnuff, Sean McAteer and Dr G.G. Fitzsimmons.
The Society intends to honour the memory of these great visionaries during a celebratory dinner to be held in April 2018.
In the meantime the 50th season kicks off with an illustrated talk entitled "Disappearing Pyramids of Narrowwater" by present Chairperson, Michael McKeown on Tuesday, September 26 at W.I.N. Conference Centre.
October's meeting will be held on Tuesday 17 in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre when James McArevey speaks on the remarkable Charles Blaney - 57 years, the Town Surveyor for Newry.
The Piping Bands of Newry combine to present their history on November 21 when David Hanna and Martin Fitzpatrick take to the auditorium in the Arts Centre.
In February an especially ambitious co-operation with the Newry Film Club will present the 90 minute silent movie "Dawn" made in 1928, featuring the Newry heroine of World War I, Ada Doherty Bodart. The refurbished City Hall is the venue where the film will be accompanied by a unique composed musical score.
March 20, 2018 will see a return to the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre where Seamus McCavitt will exhibit and discuss "The Open Window", an annual magazine published in Newry in the years 1900-1905.
April 28, 2018 will complete this 50th season with a celebration and gala dinner in the Canal Court Hotel.


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