Shipwrecks of Carlingford Lough

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Although there have been relatively few wrecks recorded within the lough itself, the sheer number of shipwrecks and maritime incidents in the days of sail and early steam was astounding, indeed frightening! In mid-19th century there was on average 20 ships which would be recorded as total losses along the County Down coastline every year, one every 2-3 weeks! (more…)

Ballincurry - Townland of the Hollow

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According to historical records when St. Bronagh arrived here to look for a site for her proposed church and monastery, she visited a well in the townland, but finding the place unsuitable moved on to another near Killowen Point, which is still called “Broney’s Well”. (more…)

Wrack Harvesting

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For centuries, wrack has been harvested on the picturesque shores of Killowen. Wrack was very important to the farmers of the area, as illustrated by the well-documented court case fought in Dublin in 1898 between local farmers and Lord Kilmorey. The essence of the battle was the “rights” to the wrack beds. (more…)

Did you know?

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There was a “hedge school” in the school house lane.

The first vehicle on the local road in the early 1900s was a traction engine which hauled meal from Newry to Kilkeel.

In the early 1920s a water pipe line was laid from Kilfeaghan to Warrenpoint.

Football - The Tinker Team

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For a time a Killowen football team was known as the “Tinker Team”. This came about due to having a player named Barney Fallon who was an itinerant. He and his family stayed in a hut adjoining Stevenson’s house behind the chapel. (more…)

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