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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Newry Town Hall
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A Century of Football in Newry - Old Newry Society
Newry City AFC
14Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Newry Town Hall
14Oct
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A Century of Football in Newry - Old Newry Society
Newry City AFC
15Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
15Oct
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Alternative Careers Awareness Event
Canal Court Hotel
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Annual Baby Remembrance Service
Paupers Graveyard
15Oct
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Newry Town Hall
16Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
16Oct
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Newry Town Hall
17Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
17Oct
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Newry Town Hall
17Oct
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tenx9 Newry
The Phoenix
18Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
18Oct
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Newry Town Hall
18Oct
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White Collar Boxing
Canal Court Hotel
18Oct
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An Evening of Americana Songs and Stories
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
19Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
20Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
21Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
14Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
14Oct
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Newry Town Hall
14Oct
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A Century of Football in Newry - Old Newry Society
Newry City AFC
15Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
15Oct
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Alternative Careers Awareness Event
Canal Court Hotel
15Oct
71741257_2426054971000081_7607360874856054784_n.jpg06:00PM - 07:00PM]
Annual Baby Remembrance Service
Paupers Graveyard
15Oct
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Newry Town Hall
16Oct
Anita Hoppe Exhib 2.jpg09:30AM - 05:30PM]
My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
16Oct
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Newry Town Hall
17Oct
Anita Hoppe Exhib 2.jpg09:30AM - 05:30PM]
My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
17Oct
61362500_10219347935998809_2128549336215191552_n.jpg07:30PM - 10:30PM]
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Newry Town Hall
17Oct
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tenx9 Newry
The Phoenix
18Oct
Anita Hoppe Exhib 2.jpg09:30AM - 05:30PM]
My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
18Oct
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Newry Town Hall
18Oct
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White Collar Boxing
Canal Court Hotel
18Oct
EmmaStevens15-3000x2000.jpg08:00PM - 11:00PM]
An Evening of Americana Songs and Stories
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
19Oct
Anita Hoppe Exhib 2.jpg09:30AM - 05:30PM]
My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
20Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
21Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
22Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
23Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
24Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
24Oct
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Meet the Author - Máire Dinny
Gaeláras Mhic Ardghail
24Oct
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Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
25Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
25Oct
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Forest of Fear - Halloween Adventure
Carlingford Adventure Centre
25Oct
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One World with the Henry Girls
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
26Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
26Oct
11:00AM - 03:00PM]
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auction
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auctioneers
26Oct
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Pink and Blue
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
26Oct
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Forest of Fear - Halloween Adventure
Carlingford Adventure Centre
27Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
27Oct
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Forest of Fear - Halloween Adventure
Carlingford Adventure Centre
28Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
28Oct
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Forest of Fear - Halloween Adventure
Carlingford Adventure Centre
29Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
29Oct
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Forest of Fear - Halloween Adventure
Carlingford Adventure Centre
30Oct
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My Irish Trails by Anita Hoppe
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
30Oct
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Forest of Fear - Halloween Adventure
Carlingford Adventure Centre
31Oct
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Forest of Fear - Halloween Adventure
Carlingford Adventure Centre
01Nov
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Cantare with Cloughmore Mens Voice Choir
Newry Town Hall
07Nov
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The Elvis Spectacular Show
Newry Town Hall

I wish I could remember the day better but for whatever reason it has moved to an inaccessible part of my brain at present, hopefully to return when I'm old and grey, in the way we hear about older people re-living their youth as if it was the present. Perhaps I will start singing along with Bishop Casey on my 100th birthday!

Ballybrit Racecourse. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Ballybrit Racecourse. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

The thirtieth of September 1979 was OUR day, or that's how it seemed. The Polish Pope John Paul II now St John Paul II had just been made pope the year earlier and had journeyed to Ireland as the very first pope ever to give us a shout.

I had been born just after Pope John XXIII had died and just before his successor Pope Paul VI was elected so calling down to see a Pope called John Paul was most appropriate.

The hazy bits I do remember are sitting freezing cold in the middle of the night at the Ballybrit Racecourse in Galway  (it seemed to be in the stands, but whether it was or not I may never know).

The Popemobile on tour at Galway Racecourse. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
The Popemobile on tour at Galway Racecourse. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Us young ones had been transported in a minibus from Loughgilly Parish, myself from Tullyherron end. Every parish in the country had put on buses in the same way thousands would go to Slane and it certainly did have a pop concert feel

When you remember the 'warm up act' was Bishop Eamonn Casey and Fr Michael Cleary singing 'Bind us Together' it really did sum it all up. Things would never be the same again ...

We arrived in total darkness with a great feeling of excitment and anticipation of what the day would bring.

When the Popes big red helicopter eventually did come hovering over us, the noise from the crowd was incredible. 

During the Homily when Pope John Paul II uttered the words "I believe in Youth" as far as I was concerned he had said "I believe in YOU" Iit really did seem to my 16 year old self that he was telling me that personally and it felt incredible.

When that was followed by "Young People of Ireland - I Love You" the excitement level could not have got any higher. I can still remember the feeling of being part of something amazing and unrepeatable, and when the resulting applause went on, and on, and on, and on, and on ... we were sending Pope John Paul II the very same message back.

The famous Popemobile set out on it's journey through the crowd and all was well with the world.

Ballybrit Racecourse. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Ballybrit Racecourse. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Looking at the photographs I took on that day with my Kodak Instamatic, I'd like to think my photography has improved a little!?

The Popes Helicopter at Galway.
The Popes Helicopter at Galway.. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
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