In 2002, as part of Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee celebrations, Newry was granted city status.
My Great Great Grandfather, James McConville died on 23rd December 1874 in the parish of Dromore, Newry. His age at death is recorded as 62 years, so we can make the assumption that he was born about 1812 but we have no record of his birth or whereabouts in Ireland he was born. He married Cecilia Torley, in Ireland, at some time before 1836 as we have record of their son, Andrew, being baptised in 1836. Little is known about Cecilia, or Cicely as she was later known, but we do know that she died on 13th July 1874 at the age of 75. She is buried at the church of St Mary the Virgin, Bowdon, Cheshire.
At some time around 1854, James and Cecilia’s son Andrew left Ireland and sailed to England where he settled in the small town of Altrincham in Cheshire.
There are no photographs of James or Cecilia in existence that we know of. The photograph above is the only known one of Andrew McConville.
‘Iubhair Cinn Tragh’
(meaning yew tree at the head of the strand)
Newry is one of Irelands oldest towns having been founded in 1144 by Cistercean monks. It straddles the boundary between the counties of Down and Armagh and to reflect this, the Town Hall was built on a bridge over the River Clanrye which forms the historic border.