Seagoe Archives

Aug 1941


Aug 1941

Seagoe Parish Magazine.

AUGUST, 1941.


REV. J. W. APPELBE, M.A., B.D., Seagoe Rectory.

REV. W. F. HAYES, B.A., L.Th., The Bungalow,

Lower Seagoe.








August 3rd—8th Sunday after Trinity.

August 6th—Transfiguration.

August 10th—9th Sunday after Trinity.

August 12th—Mothers' Union Meeting, at 7.30 p.m.

August 17th—10th Sunday after Trinity.

August 24th—11th Sunday after Trinity. St. Bartholomew.

August 31st—12th Sunday after Trinity.


Morning Prayer—The Churchwardens, Messrs.

Gilbert Price, Wm. Donaldson, R. M'C1ements, W. G.


Evening Prayer—Messrs. Thos. Hall, R. M'Murray,

Jos. Ward, J. M'Lough1in.


For the C.M.S. (Seagoe Lenten Self-denial Appeal) ,

Mr. Wm. White, M.P.S.N.I., 10/-. This has been

forwarded to the C.M.S. Office, Belfast.


Miss I. Atkinson has felt obliged to resign her office

as Hon. Sec. and Treasurer of the Parochial Hall

Committee. During a period extending over a long

number of years, Miss Atkinson has rendered a

splendid service in this capacity, and we are indebted

to her for the zeal and enthusiasm with which she

looked after the interests of the Parochial Hall.

Miss A Cox has kindly consented to act as Hon.

Sec. and Treasurer. At a recent meeting of the Select

Vestry, Miss Cox was elected a member of the

Parochial Hall Committee.


About twenty five members were present at the

Rectory on Thursday afternoon, July 17th. After tea,

there was enthusiastic competition at the cardboard

frog racing game and putting; the former was won

by Mrs. Gracey, Mrs. Currie (junr.) being second;

Mrs. Scott returned the best score for the putting,

while Mrs. O'Hara (an evacuee visitor whom we were

glad to see present) was the runner up. At the end

Mrs. Appelbe presented the prizes to the winners.

Our best thanks are due to Mrs. Cathcart for

providing two of the prizes.

The next meeting will take place in Seagoe School

on Tuesday, August 12th, at 7.30 p.m.


On Saturday, July 5th, the children attending

Edenderry Morning and afternoon Sunday School

assembled in the Parochial Hall, instead of in

Levaghery, where a field had been kindly put at their

disposal by Mr. Mayes. Unfortunately, it was too wet

to venture out, so instead the party took place indoors.

Messrs. Davison had charge of the catering

arrangements, after which various competitions and

games were played until it was time to go home. The

Superintendents and teachers, ably assisted by Mr.

E. Mitchell, are to be congratulated on the success.

of the evening, which was thoroughly enjoyed by the

large number present. Mrs. Appelbe presented the

prizes to the successful competitors at the end.

For Hacknahay a similar function took place on

the same evening. Mr. T. E. Maginnis, Superintendent,

gave the use of a newly mown field for the

occasion. The much enjoyed tea was comfortably

served in a hut. There were many interesting games

and contests. A balloon race, in the high wind, was

no easy matter; it provided untold amusement. The

swings were in great demand. Some of the readers

with longer memories may be interested to know

that the ropes of these swings, still in excellent

condition, are the same that afforded them similar

pleasure "in the good old days," when " the Trip" went

to CarrickBlacker. At the close prizes were awarded

to those who were more skilful of hand and fleet of

foot. So many good things were provided that no

one went home empty handed. This was a pleasing

and fitting ending to the gala day for Hacknahay.

The picnic at Carne took place on Thursday evening,

July 10th, in a field kindly lent by Mr. John

Lyness. Before and after a sumptuous tea there

was keen rivalry displayed in the various competitions

and races, which were organised by Mr. A.

M'Lough1in and the teachers, assisted by Mr. Loney

and Miss S. Maginnis. The recently mown field

and a fine evening added greatly to the enjoyment of

the entertainment. Mrs. Appelbe presented the

prizes at the conclusion.

As we go to Press Levaghery Sunday School picnic

is about to take place. The teachers of Seagoe and

Bocombra are arranging to hold their's during August.


" Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid

them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God."

July 6th—Winston Carson, son of David Alexander Carson

and Sarah Brownlee, Drumnagoon.

July 6th—Kenneth Deane, son of George Deane and

Jane Elliott, 47, Carrickblacker Rd., Portadown.

July 6th—Frances Yvonne, daughter of John Joseph

and Hannah Margaret Medlow, Lisniskey.

July 6th—Nola Louise, daughter of John George

and Eva Nixon, Kernan.

July 6th—Donald Reid, son of John Emmanuel

and Amy Louise Lavery, Kilvergan.


" Those whom God hath joined together let no man

put asunder."

July 16th—Leslie Llewellyn James, Malone House,

Malone Rd., Belfast, and Emily Morrison, Lower Seagoe, Portadown.

July 19th—William James Bird, Ballymacrandle, and

Gladys Jane Cochrane, 22, James St., Portadown.


" Blessed are the dead which die in the. Lord from

henceforth, yea. saith the Spirit, that they may rest

from their labours."

June 30th—George Matchett, Derryvore, aged 86 years.

July 19th—Thomas Patton, Lower Seagoe, aged 80 years.

July 21st—Annie Best, 43, Fitzwilliam Street, Belfast, aged 75 years.


The special Children's Service, now an annual feature,

took place in Seagoe Church on Sunday, June

29th, at 11.30 a.m. There was a full attendance of

children, with their teachers and superintendents.

The Rev. G. A. Guthrie, M.A., Rector of Ardmore,

gave an appropriate address. The Lessons were read

by Edward Simpson, from Carne Sunday School,

and Leslie M'Cormick, of Seagoe.


The annual service was held in the Parish Church

on Sunday, July 6th, at 7 p.m. There was a

representative gathering of the members from the local

Orange Lodges. Sir William Allen, M.P., paraded

with the men, and read the lessons. The Rev. Canon

R. M'Tighe, LIAO., preached. The offerings were

given to the Lord Enniskillen Protestant Orphan Society.


WF.O. Collections.

£ s d £ s d

April 6 9 16 3 1 3 9

April 13 9 1 9 4 10 2

April 20 7 17 0 1 9 5

April 27 6 13 11 1 5 9

______________ _____________

£33 8 11 £8 9 1


May 4th 7 2 5 1 8 0

May 11th 8 3 11 1 18 8

May 18th 7 3 6 1 12 0

May 25th 7 12 6 1 14 2

______________ _____________

£30 2 4 £6 12 10


June 1st 10 2 7 1 17 2

June 8th 7 18 3 1 7 8

June 15th 9 6 1 1 8 6

June 22nd 6 16 9 1 8 8

June 29th 9 1 6 1 8 6*

______________ _____________

£43 5 2 £7 8 6

* £2 Board of Education.

On Sunday, 29th June, an envelope was returned

without name or number having 4d in it.

Would the person please send in name or number.


During the past month two very old parishioners

have been called to their Eternal rest. George

Matchett inherited his uncle's farm in Derryvore,

where he spent practically the whole of his long life;

he was in possession of all his faculties until the end.

Thomas Patton had been in failing health for some

time; he too, had exceeded the allotted span of "three

score years and ten." Mrs. A. Best, of Fitzwilliam

St., Belfast, was a former parishioner of Seagoe. To

those who have been bereaved we offer much sympathy.


The following subscriptions are gratefully acknowledged :

Mr. Ephraim Collins, Kernan £1 0 0

Mr. Thomas H. Walker, Kernan £1 0 0

Mr. David M'Kane, Ballymacrandle £0 5 0

Miss Rebecca Calvert, Breagh £5 0 0



Seagoe C.L.B. have taken up the drive for waste

paper salvage. Already a number of parishioners

have taken a sack each to collect waste paper. We

have received 50 sacks from the Ulster Industries

Development Association. These when filled will be

forwarded to an Ulster paper mill. The proceeds from

the collection of waste paper will be given to the

British Red Cross Society, after a small proportion

has been taken for the C.L.B. funds. The sacks left

with parishioners will be collected when filled and

stored until the total number is ready for despatch.

We appeal to all to support this effort. Save all

waste paper and cardboard. A number of sacks are

still available, or ask any C.L.B. boy to have your

waste paper collected.

Save for Victory,

Your used or waste paper,

For the Nation.

For Ulster Mills.

For the Red Cross.

We are all pleased to see Cpl. J. Herron, Royal Air

Force, home on leave after serving four years in the

Near East. He looks well after so long a period of

service in a very hot station. His leave is well

earned and we all hope he will enjoy his stay in


Cpl. Lyttle is again home on leave. Recently we

had George Simpson, R.A.F. and Alfred Dickson,


C.L.B. greeting and best wishes to David Donaldson,

R.A.F., serving in the Near East, and best wishes

to all other C.L.B. lads now serving in the Forces.


From the Killaloe Diocesan Magazine the Rev. W.

Hayes has copied the information printed here.

It tells something of the conditions which obtained

in his native Diocese at the time of the great Rebellion, 1798.

" The historian Green tells us that, when the Norman

barons of England (to the great convenience of

the English Sovereigns) were annihilating each other

with reckless abandon, during the Wars of the Roses,

life went on with uninterrupted smoothness for the

average citizen. It is on record, too, that at the

Battle of Naseby the dour Roundhead soldiers of

Cromwell chased the romantic Cavaliers across fields

where the rustic pursued the even tenor of his ways,

and looked up from the plough or hoe with less of

pity than scorn for the combatants of either political ideology.

" Similar conditions existed in many parts of Ireland

during the Great Rebellion (as history unpatriotically

names that bid for political freedom).

It's fiercest outbreaks were confined to the North and

the South east. Within the Diocese of Killaloe the

insurrection was limited to rumours and desultory

outbreaks. An agricultural survey taken in 1801,

under the auspices of the Dublin Society, of that part

of Offaly situated in this Diocese says " the late

Rebellion not having actually broken out here is to

the credit of the gentry, who did not desert their

habitations in this crisis, but by a proper firmness

maintained their authority at home, and kept the ill

disposed in due order and regularity." To Shinrone,

alone in the whole Diocese, belongs the unenviable

distinction of having destroyed a local Roman

Catholic Church, though seventy in all were destroyed

in other parts of Ireland. This act of vandalism

must have been a gesture rather than a reprisal,

because, in spite of the one lapse from its passive

loyalty, the Barony of Clonlisk maintained an aloof

and uncaring neutrality.

Social and agricultural conditions in the Barony of

Clonlisk were typical of those obtaining in other parts

of East Killaloe, so it is of interest to see them with

the eyes of the writer and compiler of the above

Survey, taken within two years of the Great Rebellion.

" These were halcyon days for the employer of

labour. Wages for the farm labourer averaged 10d

a day, for a day's work which began at 6 a.m. and

ended at 6 p.m. in winter and eat 7 p.m. in summer.

Women were hired for harvesting at a rate of 6 ½ d

a day, but the surveyor has a poor opinion of the

women of this class, whom he notes are " mostly

idle and slothful and scarce at all assist (their menfolk)

in making up the rent, except in harvest time.

The money which is acquired in this manner is more

generally considered their exclusive right for dress

and finery, so that the man must depend on his own

labour for the various calls which he is liable to.

Prices of food were commensurate with wages, for

beef, mutton and veal cost only ld to 2d a lb.; geese,

1/8 a pair; turkeys, 2/8 ½ , barn door fowl, 1/1; ducks,

1/1; potatoes, 2d a stone; oats, 11/6 the barrel, and

wheat 30/- the barrel.


"No doubt following the plan of Arthur Young's

" Travels," published a decade earlier the author of

the present survey gives a sketch of the manners,

customs and dress of the agricultural population in

the Barony. Thus it is ' no uncommon thing for a

poor man to have eight children.' Again, ' the

habitations of the lower order are mean and indifferent,

in many places but hovels covered with sods and bogrush,

' but ' the more wealthy farmers live well, but

dirty, and they refuse to inhabit slated houses, many

of which have been erected by the gentry, and are

very ornamental to demesnes, but that is all their

use, as they prefer their clay huts."

" As to education: ' the peasantry are extremely

illiterate,' but it is good to see that ' a classical school

has lately been opened in Shinrone by Mr. Carroll,

Scholar of Trinity College, Dublin.' There is, too, a

' charter school, near Dunkerrin, which is well attended

to; 'tis a strong building on an eminence

over the village, and, should occasion arise, would

make a good stand for a garrison, as being admirably

situated to make effectual resistance.' We read

' the English language is spoken by all sorts, but the

peasants, when conversing together, speak in their

native tongue only.'

" The civilised representative of the Dublin Society

is badly shocked by some of the customs of the

peasantry. Thus, ' in this part of the country they have

many religious customs, the great superstition and

idolatory of which are disgusting to relate. Their

funeral rites are in some parts minutely copied, as

howling after the dead, during the procession to the

grave, and hirelings are paid for the funeral song,

accompanied with all the mockery of grief, which is

presently drowned in obscenity and debauchery.

He finds that ' in their marriages the parents and

friends of the parties meet on the side of a hill, and,

having drank and made merry, agreed on the por-

tion of the bride which was always in cattle, and

to which every one of the kin subscribed; taking,

however, this precaution that, if the bride died childless

before a certain day limited by the agreement,

it was conditioned that every man's beast should be

restored to him."






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HOLY COMMUNION —1st Sunday after Morning

Prayer; 3rd Sunday at 8 a.m., and on the Chief Festivals

HOLY BAPTISM —1st Sunday of each Month at 4 p.m.,

and during any Service in the Parish Church, notice to be

given; Two Sponsors at least are required. The father and

mother must be present. Churchings are held at each Baptism.

Mothers are expected to bring a thank offering. (See Book of

Common Prayer.)

MORNING PRAYER— Sundays and Chief Festivals,

11.30 a.m.

EVENING PRAYER —Sundays, 7 p.m.


Hacknahay—Last Sunday of Month at 3.30 p.m.

Drumgor—Second Sunday of Month at 3 p.m.

Edenderry—Wednesdays at 8 p.m., Oct—Easter.


BIBLE CLASSES FOR MEN in Edenderry on Sundays at 10.15 a.m.

SUNDAY SCHOOLS —10.15 a.m. Edenderry Parochial

Hall and Seagoe School. 3 p.m. Seagoe, Edenderry

Parochial Hall, Levaghery, Hacknahay, Carne, Drumgor, Bocombra

MOTHERS' UNION —2nd Tuesday of each month at 7.30 p.m.

CHURCH LADS' BRIGADE in the Parochial Hall on Tuesdays.

GIRLS' FRIENDLY SOCIETY in Seagoe School on Mondays at 8 p.m. as announced

G.F.S. Candidates - Oct. – Easter, Edenderry Parochial Hall, Saturdays at 3 p.m.

SEAGOE CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOUR SOCIETY – Mondays, Orange Hall, at 8 p.m.

SEAGOE P.E. SCHOOL —9.15 a.m. Principal—Mr. R. Scott.

MARRIAGES must be performed between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Licences are issued by Ven. Archdeacon Hannon, the Rectory, Lurgan. Due notice (48 hours) must be given to the Rector of intended weddings. FEES—BY License—Labourers 5/-, Tradesmen 10/-, Merchants and Farmers £1, Professional £l. By Banns 5/-.

FUNERALS will be attended by the Clergy if proper notice be given. SICK CASES should be notified to the Clergy without delay. FEES FOR CERTIFICATES—BAPTISM 3/7, Children (Factory) 1/- and 2/- (non-residents); MARRIAGE 3/7. An extra Search Fee is chargeable in certain cases. It will be a help to the Clergy if they are notified of the arrival of new Church families in the Parish.

A copy of the Magazine will be sent by post to any subscriber for 3/- per annum.


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