The Society is dedicated to the study the preservation of community history, particularly in the Craigavon area and in 2012, with the assistance of grant aid from Craigavon Borough Council and OFMDFM, we republished an inspirational book on our local history - "The Parish of Seagoe". This historical booklet, which first appeared in 1954, was written by Rev. Bernard J. Mooney and Padraic Keenan. Widely acclaimed then, after 60 years it remains an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the rich history of the area.
Dean Bernard Mooney's attachment to the Irish language combined with his sense of place led to his foundation membership of the Ulster Place-names Society in 1952. He was to later become the first chairman of our society in the late 1960s. Part I of "The Parish of Seagoe" is entitled "Place names explained" - written by Dean Mooney, it is a scholarly study of the derivation and meaning of many of the placenames in what was to become the Craigavon area. Part II "Some Historical Notes" is written by Padraic Keenan, a Newry journalist who had a deep concern for all aspects of local and parish history.
"The Parish of Seagoe" may be purchased direct from the society - click here for information about how to contact us. The price is £6 including postage and packing - cheques should be made payable to "Craigavon Historical Society". It may also be purchased direct for £5 from the shop at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island, Lurgan.
Review is published every two years in the spring. The most recent Review (Vol. 9 No. 3) was published in April 2011 and has a special emphasis on the history of Lurgan . Vol. 9 No.2 (illustrated left) was published in April 2009 and it has a special section commemorating the service and sacrifice of local men in World Ward II. It's cover illustrates the Supermarine Spitfire, named Portadown, purchased with The Belfast Telegraph Spitfire Fund.
The contents of these Reviews will not appear on the web site for at least 36 months from time of publication. Review 2007, the bumper 40th anniversary edition of the Society's biennial journal, is still available.
Reviews Vol. 9 Nos. 1 and 2 include parts one and two of a fascinating history of the Shillington family of Portadown and much much more. Vol. 9 Nos. 1, 2 and 3 each contain 64 A4 pages on local history - not available elsewhere. Price per copy incl. postage and packing - £7.00 to UK, £8.50 to Eire and £10.00 to USA. Rates are current at December 2012 and may be subject to fluctation if postal rates increase.
Craigavon Historical Society, with generous assistance from Craigavon Museum and Craigavon Borough Council, has produced a town trails for Portadown. This A5 sized booklet is 24 pages long, and available at the cost of £1.00 inclusive of postage and packing or they can be obtained from the Philip Wilson Memorial Library, Craigavon Museum Services, Waterside House, Oxford Island, Craigavon, BT66 6NJ or the Millennium Centre, William Street, Portadown. As well as illustrating many of the fine buildings in each of the towns, the trail give information on the development and some of the characters associated with the town.
Ulster Dialect words and phrases.
From Bulletin (1968), Review - Journal of the Craigavon Historical Society, and other sources.
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