Seagoe Parish Magazine
RECTOR —REV. JAMES E. ARCHER, B.D., The Rectory, Seagoe.
CURATE —REV. JOHN TAYLOR, B.A., Seagoe Villa.
N.B.—The Clergy will feel greatly obliged if the
Parishioners will notify to them any cases
of illness at the earliest possible moment.
MR. ATKINSON COSTELLO, Carne.
MR. T. E. M'GUINNESS, Hacknahay.
Select Vestry :
ALBIN, MR. JAMES
ATKINSON, MR. W. R.
COSTELLO, MR. ATKINSON
GRACEY, MR. ROBERT
LAVERY MR. J
MONRO, MR. JOSEPH
MONTGOMERY, MR. J.
MONTGOMERY, MR. T. J.
MURRAY MR. J.
McDOWELL, MR. WM. J.
ROCK, MR. DAVID
STEPHENSON, MR. JOSEPH
ATKINSON, MR. W. R. , Secretary and Treasurer.
The Parochial missions.
MISSIONS hove now come to be a
recognised feature in Parochial
life, and are being more and more
largely used by the Church for raising
the tone of spiritual life in her
parishes. The Bishop of London, whose missions in
London Churches have become famous, says that
there are four things necessary for a successful
mission :—(1) An expectant faith (2) a reverent awe
which would realize the presence of God (3) a deeper
repentance for sin (4) the eagerness of the blind
man by the wayside " desiring some gifts of grace
from Jesus Christ, whether it were purity or patience
or courage. Ho also urges the necessity of earnest
preparation. To this end a course of sermons is
being preached in the Parish Church, and it is hoped
that as many as possible will take advantage of them,
and also that constant and earnest prayer will be
offered up for a rich out-pouring of the Holy Spirit
in our Parish. Let us pray that during the Mission
many who are '”dead in trespasses and sin " may be
brought back into the fold, and also those who are
striving to keep on the Lord's side may have their
spiritual life deepened and renewed.
OFFERTORIES FOR JULY.
£ s d £ s d
July 1st 3rd Sunday after Trinity 1 2 0 0 9 3
0 7 1
8th 4th Sunday after Trinity 0 19 8 4 7 2
15th 5th Sunday after Trinity 0 1 11
1 0 6
Flower Service 0 12 0
0 9 3
22nd 6th Sunday after Trinity 1 2 5 0 11 3
29th 7th Sunday after Trinity 1 2 10 0 10 3
£5 14 5 £6 19 2
" One Lord, one faith, one baptism."
July 7th Sarah Georgina, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Coulter, Tarson.
Letitia Isabella, daughter of Robert and Caroline Magee, Meadow Lane.
Herbert, son of Abraham and Margaret Dawson, Ballynaghy.
William James, son of James and Sarah Jane Preston, Lylo.
15th William, son of Woolsey and Minnie White, Bocombra.
22nd Annie, daughter of David and Annie Johnston, James Street.
29th Sarah Jane, daughter of Alex. and Rachel Quinn, Ballynaghy.
" Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder."
July 16th—Albert Hall, Partick, Scotland, to Sarah Anne Brown, Edenderry.
' Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, “
July 5th—John Ruddell, Lurgan, aged 51.
18th—Maxwell Stoops, Belfast, aged 9.
20th—Sarah A. Thompson, Edenderry, aged 64.
We deeply regret to hear of the death of Mrs
Pentland, daughter of our respected parishioner, Mr.
Wm Sweeney, of Edenderry. The sad event took
place as the result of an operation. She leaves a
sorrowing husband and two little children. To all
the bereaved friends we tender our deepest sympathy.
It is with deep sorrow we also record the death,
after only a few days' illness, of our young friend,
Jock Irwin, son of Mr J. Irwin, station-master,
Portadown. He wag well-known to most of us as a
regular Worshipper in God's House, and a diligent
and attentive member of his Sunday School class,
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE.
MOST PEOPLE HAVE HOBBIES.
Ours are to make the BEST BREAD and CONFECTIONERY
in the Kingdom; and to sell the BEST TEAS the World
*2/8, *2/4, *2/-, 1/10, 1 e. These marked thus * are our leading lines.
DAVISON BROS., 3 & 4 High Street,
where it was a real joy to teach one who took such a
deep interest in his lessons and in the study of God's
Word, and whose sweet and gentle disposition
endeared him to all with whom he came into contact.
Though his bright presence will be sorely missed, we
cannot but feel that God hag taken him, in love, to a
higher and fuller service above, and he is still
joining with us in the prayers and praises, and God
has but transplanted the budding flower from earth,
to bloom in perfect beauty in His Garden of Paradise,
but the fragrance remains with us here, to
draw us ever closer to the Saviour, who has gathered
another of His lambs into the shelter of His loving
breast. Our deep sympathy goes out to his sorrowing relatives.
Excursion to Dublin
An excursion has been arranged to Dublin for
Horse Show Day, August 30th, Tickets, four shillings.
It was with some difficulty this has been brought
about, as it is a great concession for the Railway
Company to make in allowing such a cheap excursion
on such an important day, especially as they are
running other special trains at a dearer rate. The
Dublin Horse Show is said to be the finest in the
world, so we should consider ourselves fortunate in
having such cheap tickets. Besides, as the surplus
will be devoted to the Bazaar for installing the gas
in the Church, it is earnestly hoped that every
parishioner, whether in town, or country, who can
possibly go will do so, and also make this excursion
as widely known as possible. Those who went last
year can testify to the pleasant day they spent, and
we are sure this one will be even more successful.
Bills will be issued before the excursion containing
alternative programmes for the day.
The following children, according to the Church
Attendance Cards, have not missed a single service
during the last quarter —Wm. Walker, V.
Walker, James Porter, H. England, T. England,
Ellen J. England.
Edenderry—Jack Irwin, G. Graham, M. Martin,
M. Hawthorne, Jemima Allen, Charlotte Green, E.
J. Martin, M. Smith, M. Atkinson, S. Allen, A.
Richardson, Isaac Watson, Annie Smith.
The attendance of the following was extremely
good :—John Reid, Lena Best, T. Ramsay, John
Porter, Maud Dickson, Georgina Livingston, Annie
Graham, N. Crawford, Bella Magee, S. Coulter,
Maria Roney, N. Dawson, G. Richardson, L. Magee,
V. Richardson, A. McCormick, Ellen Matthews.
This is very creditable of these children, and their
parents ought to be proud to have them in this Roll
It is, perhaps, the best possible record
they could make, and their diligence promises well
for their success in after life.
We would suggest that those cards which have not
yet been returned should be handed in at once. Any
mistakes in this list, if notified to the clergy, will be
corrected in the next issue.
Special medals and certificates will be given at the
end of the year to those who have not missed any
or only a few services.
We would here again remind the parents of the
sin of allowing their children to remain away from
the morning Sunday School, and no less of allowing
them to turn their backs on the Church afterwards.
This opportunity of influencing them, if lost in
childhood, will never be recalled.
Lest there should be any dissatisfaction expressed
at the distribution of prizes, we would warn the
children that their prizes will depend quite as much
on their attendance at Church as at Sunday School.
All the attendance cards will be preserved to the end
of the year for this purpose.
Children's Flower Service.
A most successful Children's Flower Service was
held in the Parish Church on Sunday afternoon,
July 15th, when the bright and happy faces of the
children, and the large quantities of beautiful
flowers, showed how heartily the Service was entered
into by those present. During the Service a Baptism
took place, and afterwards the Rector gave an
address to the children on the subject of “ Flowers."
He spoke of the admission of a little child into
God's Church by Baptism being like the planting of
a flower in God's garden of this world, and which
was designed by God to grow up into a beautiful,
sweet, and fragrant life, shedding joy and gladness
all around. The flowers, which covered the steps
leading to the Chancel, were afterwards sent to the
various Hospitals, and we feel sure that the children
who brought them so joyfully would have their joy
intensified, could they only witness the pleasure
given to many of God's suffering ones, many being
On Sunday, July 8th, the Orangemen of the
District attended a special service in Seagoe Parish
Church. The service began at 4-30, and there was a
crowded congregation. The hymns were sung with
great heartiness by all present. The Rector preached
from the text Isaiah 52, 1, Look into the rock
whence ye were hewn." He dwelt on the duty of
perseverance, courage and faith, illustrating his
remarks by reference to the history of Church and
State in Ireland. The collection was on behalf of
the Orphan Societies.
C. L. B. Sports.
The Brigade Athletic Sports held on Friday, July
6th, proved a great success. The weather was perfect
and between five and six hundred people were present
who seemed to enjoy immensely the various races as
well as the musical items provided by the excellent
Portadown Brass Band. We were afraid at first
that the postponement of the races due to the Waterworks
Festivities would have spoiled the success of
the gathering, but it seemed to have a contrary effect,
and nothing could have been more successful. At
the close of the sports the valuable prizes were
distributed to the winners by Mrs. Watson Walker
amidst hearty applause. We owe Mr Watson Walker
our sincere thanks for kindly placing his field at the
disposal of the Committee. The beautiful situation of
Churchview Grounds added much to the pleasure
success and of the evening. The following is a list of
the prize winners :—
Schoolboy's Race—I, Victor Irwin ; 2, George
Adamson ; 3, Albert Lindsay.
100 Yards Flat—I, T. Gordon; 2, J. Morton; 3, W.
Mile Walk—I, M. curry; 2, R. Lindsay; 3, S.
Canavan and J. Stakes dead heat.
Mile Flat—I, W. Conlin; 2, W. Sergeant; 3, I.
Hurdle Race Isaac Walker; 2, A. Steenson ; 3, W. Holmes.
Brigade Race in Uniform—I, A. Curry ; 2, Isaac
Walker ; 3, J. Shanks.
Wheelbarrow Race—I, A. Steenson ; 2, S. Curry.
Bucket Race—I, S. Curry; 2, B. Anderson.
Sack Race—I, S. Curry; A. Steenson.
C. L. B. Camp.
After a most enjoyable and instructive week our
Brigade Lads have arrived home, and we are glad to
notice that Seagoe are among the prize winners,
they having won first prize for the best tent during
encampment, second prize for the best line, and first
prize for the best guard. Portadown and Drumcree
shared in the last two prizes. Private Steenson won
2nd prize in the 220 yards championship of the
camp, and Lance-Corporal Walker 1st in the bucket
race. The Company were in charge of Sergt. Curry,
and were highly complimented by Major Laurie of
the Irish Rifles for their good drill and general
Notes on Old Seagoe.
One of the most interesting points in connection
with the name " Seagoe " is the curious way in
which its spelling has varied from time to time.
In all the old parish documents it is invariably
spelled "Sego," and this seems to be the most correct
form, consisting, as it does, of the first syllables of
the two Latin words "Sedes Gobhani."
About the year 1770 the letter “ e" began to be added,
apparently with the object of giving the word a more
natural ending, and so "Sego" became "Segoe."
Then about 1820 another letter began to be inserted
possibly with the intention of strengthening the
pronunciation of the first syllable which is so
noticeable (in the homely word " Sagy " so familiar
to the ears of our people. Thus the letter s' a " was
added to the first syllable, and "Segoe" became
"Seagoe." Of course the word has no connection
with the sea," although but a few weeks ago we
heard a friend remark that he supposed Seagoe must
be quite near to the sea because of its name. On
many of the tombstones in Seagoe graveyard the old
form of the name may still be seen.
On the right hand side of Seagoe Church tower
there is a finely carved stone inserted bearing the
date 1816, and underneath mysterious letters
S.B., R.O. which have puzzled a great many. There
is really no mystery about them. The date is that
of the opening of the Church, and the letters are the
initials of the churchwardens for that year—Stewart
Blacker and Richard Owen. The carved stone over
the entrance door of the Church contains the arms
of the Diocese of Dromore, an open Bible, crossed
keys, surmounted by the episcopal mitre.
The oldest buildings in connection with Old
Seagoe Church are the stables on the left hand side
of the graveyard gates, which, according to the vestry
records, were built in the year 1743.
Mr. Thomas Stothers, principal of Seagoe National
School has successfully passed his recent University
examination. He now ranks as candidate B.A.
Miss Maggie J. Reid, of Seagoe N.S., has very
successfully completed her monitorial course. At
the recent examination for classification of monitors,
she was placed in 2nd division. She was prepared
by Mr. Stothers for all the examinations during her
Seagoe National School will re-open on Tuesday,
7th August. It is earnestly hoped that there will be
a large influx of pupils. The principal will give
assistance and encouragement to pupils, who are
likely to benefit by them. A regular and systematic
course of instruction is given in the Holy Scriptures
and Church Formularies by the clergy and teachers.
The Rector is enjoying a well-earned rest in
Guernsey; We wish him a-very pleasant holiday.
We notice a deficiency of male voices in the choir
and would be glad if some young men with voices
would come forward and place them at the disposal
of their Church.
We deeply regret to record the departure from our
midst of the Misses Robinson, of Lylo House. This
removes another of the ancient landmarks, as the
parish records show that for centuries this family had
a most honourable connection with the Church. Her
chief offices have been filled by them for generation
after generation, and since the Disestablishment
they have been most generous contributors to her
funds. We offer to the Misses Robinson our sincere
good! wishes for their happiness in their new surroundings.
We congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Watson Walker on
the attainment of their silver wedding and wish them
many more years of health and happiness.
Sergeants Curry and Montgomery, of Seagoe C.L.B
have given valuable assistance in starting the new
Drumeree Company. We wish the Drumcree boys
There were close on sixty entries for our Seagoe
Since our last issue the new water supply for the
town has been turned on. This ought to be a great
boon to Our friends in Edenderry. The water is the
purest, and has its source in the granite rocks of the
The new reservoir at Ballyhannon is 700 feet
below the Shimna River in the Mourne Mouutains
where the first reservoir is to be made, and from
which our water supply is brought.
At the service for Orangemen, as usual, we noticed
the unaccustomed faces of many parishioners in the
congregation. It is earnestly hoped that this will
not be the only time for another twelve months.
Ye Anchor Cafe
(FIRST-CLASS RESTAURANT UPSTAIRS)
At the Bridge
Five Minutes Walk from Station.
DAILY FROM 1 TO 3 0'CLOCK.
PRICES VERY MODERATE.
Separate Room for Country Weddings if Notice is Given.
Call at the
Portadown News Office.
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