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World War One and Newry and Mourne

Newry and Mourne Museum has secured securing funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to examine the impact of World War One on the Newry and Mourne area. This 18 month project will commence in February 2014.

A part-time project officer will be employed to co-ordinate all the activities planned.These events include an exhibition in the Museum, a travelling exhibition, online education resource for Key Stage 3 pupils relating to WW1 focusing on the local area, genealogy courses with advice on how to access military records, workshops on conservation, with tips on how to care for family papers and artefacts, a volunteer programme and a lecture series on Ireland and the 1914 – 1918 period.

Newry’s Roll of Honour which was recently donated to the Museum lists over 860 people who enlisted in the early years of the War with Newry reputedly having the highest enlistment rate of any town in Ireland.

We are keen to involve as many local people as possible who had relatives who enlisted in this conflict. We are also interested in the role of women on the home front and in nursing during this period. If you can help, either through providing information, loans of artefacts or signposting us to interested individuals please contact myself at 3182 or Dr. Ken Abraham at 3177.

Best regards,


Noreen Cunningham
Museum Curator
Newry and Mourne Museum
Bagenal’s Castle
Castle Street
Co. Down
BT34 2BY
Tel. 028 3031 3182