Seagoe Archives

July 1906


July 1906

Seagoe Parish Magazine

JULY, 1906.


RECTOR —REV. JAMES E. ARCHER, B.D., The Rectory, Seagoe.


N.B.—The Clergy will feel greatly obliged if the

Parishioners will notify to them any cases

of illness at the earliest possible moment.

Churchwardens :


MR. T. E. M'GUINNESS, Hacknahay.

Select Vestry :













ATKINSON, MR. W. R. , Secretary and Treasurer.

Bazaar and Sale of Clock.

FURTHER arrangements have been

made for this important event which

is to come off on Thursday, November 15th.

The Parish has been

mapped out into districts, and we

would urge all who are to take part to see that as

soon as possible the work is organised on a proper.

footing. Collecting cards have also been issued.

During the holiday season bring your card with you

you whereever you go, and you will be sure to get


Athletic Sports.

We anticipate a very successful gathering for our

Seagoe Athletic Sports which will be held on

Thursday, July 5th, beginning at 6 p.m. The

prettily situated grounds known as Churchview

Grounds have been kindly lent by Mr. Watson Walker.

A regular course will be marked out, and

special enclosures arranged for the spectators. All

kinds of races are on the programme, including a

schoolboys' race, sack race, wheelbarrow race, tug-of-war,

uniform race, etc., and the Portadown Brass

Band will play during the evening. The entries

for the races close on Monday, July 2nd. Charge

for admission to grounds 3d and 6d. Valuable

prizes will be given to the successful racers.


Morning Evening

£ s d £ s d

June 3rd WhitSunday 0 2 6

3 8 7 0 14 1

10th Trinity Sunday 1 2 2 0 12 9

0 3 3

17th 1st Sunday after Trinity 0 3 3

1 1 3 0 13 2

24th 2nd Sunday after Trinity 1 1 6 1 2 6

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£7 2 6 £3 2 6


" One Lord, one faith, one baptism."

June 2nd —Amy, daughter of Thomas and Ann Jane Neill, Ballymacrandle.

—William, son of Robert and Agnes McKinstry, Edenderry.

—Mabel, daughter of Thomas and Frances Jane Dickson, Tamniflglasson.

—Thomas John, son of Thomas Henry and Annie Russell, Drumgor.

24th —Mary Jane, daughter of James and Annie Best, Drumnacanvey.


Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord,

June 17th—Christina Fletcher, Edenderry, aged 29.

19th—Elizabeth Monro, Levaghery, aged 82.

Much regret has been expressed at the very sudden

death of Mrs. Monroe, of Levaghery, on Saturday,

June 16th. After a few hours illness, she was called

to her Eternal rest. We express our deep sympathy

with her husband and family in their hour of trouble,

and we pray that the God of all comfort may be with

them in this time of need.

We also record with sincere regret the death, after

a very short illness, of Mr. Johnson, late stationmaster

at Portadown, who was so well-known to many among

us. Mr. Johnson, by his genial good humour and

friendliness, was very popular with everyone, and was

greatly respected for his sterling qualities of heart

and mind. We offer to his bereaved relatives our

sincere sympathy.

Major Stewart Blacker.

We hear that Major and Mrs. Blacker intend to

take up their residence at Carrickblacker towards the

end of July. Major Blacker has just retired from the

army after a long and distinguished military career

in various parts of the world. He was severely

wounded in the Afridi (North India) campaign, and

saw much service during the late Boer War. We

extend a very hearty welcome to Major and Mrs.

Blacker on coming to reside amongst us, and we wish

them much happiness and blessing in their new

home. Canon Blacker's many friends will be rejoiced

to hear that he is in excellent health, and hopes to

pay a visit to this neighbourhood next autumn.



Ours are to make the BEST BREAD and CONFECTIONERY

in the Kingdom; and to sell the BEST TEAS the World

can produce

*2/8, *2/4, *2/-, 1/10, 1 e. These marked thus * are our leading lines.

DAVISON BROS., 3 & 4 High Street,

The Excursion to Newcastle.

The annual Sunday School excursion took place

under the most favourable circumstances on Thursday,

June 7th. People say that Seagoe always gets

a fine day, and certainly this tradition was well

upheld this year. Some slight clouds covered the

sky in the early morning, and a slight shower fell,

but as the hour of assembly approached the sun

shone out brilliantly from a beautiful summer sky.

Crowds of children, looking so nice in their bright

new dresses, filled all the roads leading to the

Church, and after a short service and a few words

of good advice from the Rector, the various scholars

formed into line, headed by the Carrickblacker band.

The excursionists carried a large number of splendid

banners, which added greatly to the appearance of

the procession as it wended its way to the station.

Two special trains were in waiting, and in a very

short time were despatched on their way to New-

castle. A goodly number of children drove over in

brakes from Knocknamuckley and joined in pleasant

intercourse with the Seagoe children. As we moved

out from the station every roof and gateway seemed

crowded with people who waved hats and flags and

handkerchiefs, and cheered lustily at the crowded

trains. Passing through Scarva and Banbridge,

we soon arrived at Newcastle and, with appetites

sharpened by the bracing air we made our way to

the field where Mr. Davison and his helpers had the

big kettle boiling and hampers full of appetising

buns all ready. In a very short time, and without

any delay or confusion, all were supplied with tea

and cake. A move was then made for the shore,

and before you could say “Jack Robinson " boots

and stockings were off and hundreds of little feet

were paddling in the beautiful blue waves. Others

walked along the shore and through the wooded

slopes of Donard Lodge enjoying the magnificent

views of sea and mountain, visible on every side.

At half-past five o'clock tea-time came, and the large

field was once again filled. After the heat and

excitement of the day a cup of good tea was very

welcome, and all seemed greatly to enjoy the evening

meal. Two Italian ice-cream boys did a roaring

trade all day long, and a small boy with a basket of

cockles was also patronised. At 7 0'clock the special

trains were timed to leave for home, and at that

hour all had gathered at the station. The run to

Portadown was speedily made, and on our arrival

there was a large crowd awaiting us. With the

band in front and banners flying the excursionists

made their way to the Church where cheers were

given for the King and also for the clergy and all

who had helped to make the excursion so successful.

The excursion was one of the largest ever held, no

less than 957 tickets being sold. The Rector (Rev.

J. E. Archer) and the Rev. John Taylor accompanied

the excursion.

Service for Orangemen.

A special service for Orangemen will be held in the

Parish Church on Sunday afternoon, July 8th, at

4-30 p.m.

The Parochial mission.

We hope all our people are keeping in mind the

approaching Parochial Mission, which is to be held at

the end of September. A mission to be a great

spiritual success must be carefully prepared for, and

we are looking forward to the forthcoming mission

as a time when, with God's help, the people will be

deeply stirred. We will shortly have a series of

Tracts distributed through the Parish which will

explain more fully the objects of the Mission and

the best method of preparation. The Rev. W.

Bryan-Brown, who is to conduct the Mission, is

the author of some very interesting and useful tracts.



The Inspector of the Board of Religious Education,

the Rev. W. S. Darley, examined the children attending

Seagoe National School, on Thursday, May 31st.

The Church children were carefully examined in the

Holy Scriptures and in the Formularies of the Church,

and those not belonging to the Church of Ireland

were examined in Holy Scripture. The answering

amongst the junior children was very good; the

senior children did not do so well ; but after a very

searching examination two certificates were awarded,

The names of the successful pupils being—John

Stothers and Thomas Ruddell.

The Reebor has awarded Book Prizes to these

boys, and also to William Watson for good

answering in Scripture. We desire to point out to

parents in the Parish the advantage of sending their

children to our Parochial School, where they not

merely receive a sound secular education but are

also most carefully instructed in the truths of the

Christian Faith, which are able to make them wise

unto salvation. Every week the Parochial Clergy

give religious instruction in the School, and every

morning similar instruction is given by the Teachers.

We are glad to see that the number of children

attending the school has of late largely increased,

and we look forward to the time when the attendance

at the school will be proportionate to the number of

church children in the Parish.

The Silver Medals awarded by the Rector to the

best boy and girl in the school, were won by James

Johnston and Miriam Holmes. The medals were

presented to the successful children by the Rector on

Friday afternoon, at the breaking up for the summer

holidays. The winners of the medals and book

prizes were loudly cheered on coming forward to

receive them. Hearty cheers were given for the

clergy and teachers, and as the children passed out

each one was presented with a gift of sweets.

Reading Room.

We acknowledge with thanks the following subscriptions

received towards our Men's Reading Room

in Bridge Street—Mr. H. Stoops, 5/- ; Mr. William

Sherman, 5/- ; Mr. R. Sherman, 2/-


The school at Levaghery has been greatly improved

by the removal of the unsightly railing and porch,

and the erection of a very neat and substantial

boundary wall.

The Seagoe C.L.B. made a good turn-out for the

Church Parade on Sunday evening, June 24th. They

were under the command of Lieutenants Twinem and


The Seagoe Day School breaks up for the summer

holidays on Friday, 29th inst.

A new Infant Sunday School has been formed in

the Wooden Hall, Edenderry, under the management

of Miss Connor for the boys, and Mrs. Martin and

the Misses Montgomery for the girls. Since going to

the hall we are glad to say our numbers have still

further increased.

New Church Attendance Cards will be issued on

Sunday, July 1st.

Before the winter arrives we hope to have the gas

introduced into Seagoe Church and School. This

will be a great improvement.

Mr. Robert Brennan, of Joseph Street, met with

a serious accident some weeks ago, from which we

are glad to say he has now almost recovered. In the

effort to rescue a child, who was in danger of being

knocked down by a cyclist, Mr. Brennan was himself

knocked down by a car and received very severe


Master John Stothers, son of the principal of Seagoe

School, has been awarded an assisted scholarship

under the Incorporated Society at a recent examination.

This is very creditable, as the scholarship was

won on first trial.

The grounds around the Parochial Hall have been

put into good order, and the railings painted by the

efficient caretaker, W. J. Curry.

The Prizes for the Athletic Sports will be on view

in the town shops in a few days.

The ship in which Mr and Mrs Alfred Gilpin made

their honeymoon trip to America made a record


The C.L.B, camp this year will be at Ballycastle,

Co Antrim. A party of the Seagoe Lads will be there

and we are sure they will have a splendid holiday.

Camp is pitched on July 7th.

Mr. Robert McKinstry, who has been very ill, is

now, we are glad to say, getting better. His many

friends will wish for him a speedy recovery.

Notes on Old Seagoe.

In sinking a well recently on the site of Mr. Geo.

Calvert's new house a curiously worked stone was

found at a depth of thirty feet, and a piece of oak in

perfect preservation at a depth of eighty feet.

The first Bank established in Portadown was a

branch of the Ulster Bank, and it occupied part of

the premises now in the possession of Lutton's

Factory, Edenderry.

The apple orchards in the neighbourhood of Portadown

were introduced by the English settlers who

came over at the time of the Plantation of Ulster.

Until about 100 years ago there was a large block

of stone outside the gate of Seagoe Graveyard called

in the Vestry Records The Horse Block" from

which the people used to mount their horses after

attending service at the old Church. It would be

interesting to find it.

Knockmena, the name of a townland in the Parish,

means The Middle Hill."

The Boley crossing on the railway to Lurgan is

derived from the Irish word " Buaile" which means

a dairy or else a building where cows are kept.

Balteagh is so-called from three Irish words meaning

the town of the two ravens." There is a curious

tradition, where the name occurs in the Co. Down

that two ravens flew away with a plumb line from

a place where the people were about to erect a Church

to another site some distance away, where a Church

was afterwards erected.' :

Our Sunday Scbools.

We are glad to hear good accounts of all our

Sunday Schools. The system of Reward Tickets

introduced at the beginning of the year has proved

most successful. The Church attendance cards which

are “punched " every Sunday afternoon have also

been of great use, and we can see their result every

Sunday in the large number of children now attending

the services in the Church.

Ye Anchor Cafe


At the Bridge

Five Minutes Walk from Station.




Hot Luncheons



Separate Room for Country Weddings if Notice is Given.



Call at the

Portadown News Office.





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