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'The Legacy: Newry 1920 - 1930'

Newry and Mourne Museum, Bagenal's Castle, Castle Street, Newry, County Down, BT34 2BY
Launch photograph  of 'The Legacy: Newry 1920 - 1930' with Newry and Mourne Curator and Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Counci


The new temporary exhibition 'The Legacy: Newry 1920 - 1930' at Newry and Mourne Museum opened on 26 October.

The exhibition is themed around material in the Museum's Collection relevant to the period 1920 until 1930 and the impact of Partition.

Visitors will see how the Newry and Mourne area was affected by the events that shaped modern Ireland, from the War of Independence, the Treaty negotiations, Partition, the Civil War and of course being on the northern side of the border after the Boundary Commission report in 1925.

On display are a wide range of artefacts, including, papers relating to Éamon Donnelly, a leading anti-Partitionist, who was the Ulster organiser for Sinn Féin in the 1921 election and election agent for Michael Collins. The 'Not an Inch' Cup, presented to James Craig in 1925 by the Unionists of Newry and the Orangemen of Newry No.9 District 'as a token of their appreciation of his unswerving stand on the boundary', which is on loan from National Museums Northern Ireland, can also be seen.

Also, on display, are Boundary Commission papers including representations from the Bessbrook & Newry Tramway Company as well as a graphic panel comprising quotes from submissions made by local people to the Boundary Commission in 1924.

The exhibition is open to the public until 27 August 2022.



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Season (26 Oct 2021 - 22 Aug 2022)
Tuesday - Saturday10:00 - 16:30

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