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.
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
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.
OFFERTORIES FOR JUNE.
£ 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
£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
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.
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,
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
Service for Orangemen.
A special service for Orangemen will be held in the
Parish Church on Sunday afternoon, July 8th, at
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.
SEAGOE PARISH MAGAZINE.
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.
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
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
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
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
(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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