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Derrinraw

Derrinraw

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Published by: Kevin Hocker on Mar 31, 2011
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WewerealwaystoldaschildrenthattheMackellscamefromCo.Armagh,somewherenearLoughNeagh.Armaghisoneofthe6CountiesofNorthernIrelandandislargelyruralinnature.It,likemostofNorthernisdividedonsectariangroundandsorrytosayoldreligiousdivisionsstillexist.InSouthArmaghCatholicsmakeLipalmost100
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ofthepopulation.InthecentreoftheCountyProtestantsareinthemajority,whileinthepoorlandsofthenorththereisasizeableCatholicpresence.Inthepast100yearsorsoArmaghhashadatroubledhistorywithsectarianismrife.Manyhavelosttheirlivesandpopulationshifthasoccurred.SomewouldarguethatpartsofArmaghhavebeeneffectivelyethnicallycleansed.OfcoursemyinterestwasintheArmaghof150yearsago.Butsadtosayreligiousstrifewasalsoaboutinthosedays.InparticularthelargelyCatholicpopulationofthepovertystrickenLoughshorearealivedunderthreatoftheextremeOrangemenorganisationfoundedonly6milesawayinLoughgallandtheextremeprotestantloyalistsfromPortadown.Whilesectarianstrifewasamajorproblemtheactofsurvivinqinwretchedconditionswasmuchmorepressing.ItwashardlysurprisingthatMackellafterMackellfledtheareaforthechanceofalifeintheNewWorldbecauseafteralltheonlywayforthemwasup.
TheGriffithValuation
In1830-1860atypeofcensuswascarriedoutthroughoutIreland.ItwascalledtheGriffithValuation.Basicallyitlistedthe
 
headsofhouseholdsandwheretheylived.JohnMackel!inIndianawaslookingforhiskinsmanJamesMackel!andfoundaJamesMackel!inCo.Armagh.HisnephewFrankMackel!passedtheinformationontomeandmyfriendandlocalHistorianPaddyMcLeanconductedasearchoftherecords.Theresultswerefascinating.Thereare9CountiesintheIrishProvinceofUlsterandPaddydiscoveredthefollowing:-.:.Co.Donegal-NoMackells.:.Co.Monaghan-NoMackells.:.Co.Derry-NoMackells.:.Co.Antrim-NoMackells.:.Co.Cavan-1Macke".:.Co.Tyrone-1Mackell.:.Co.Down-1Macke".:.Co.Fermanagh-2Mackells.:.Co.Armagh-16Mackells.ArmaghwascertainlytheplaceandwhatwasmoreamazingwasthattheyalllivedwithinaproverbialstonesthrowfromeachotherupattheLoughshore.MostlivedinthetinyTownlandofDerrinraw,acoupleintheneighbouringTownlandofDerrylardandoneintheotherneighbouringTownlandofDerrykerran.Thiswasinalllikelihoodthecradleofthefamily.Therewasonlyonethingtodo.IwouldhavetohavealookatDerrinraw.
TheJourney.
IcrossedthelandborderfromtheRepublicofIrelandintoBritishoccupiedNorthernIrelandatNewry,abustlingmarkettownandonetimeportthatstraddlesCountiesDownandArmagh.IhaddriventhroughNewryhundredsoftimebeforebutthistimeitfeltdifferent.ThedaywassoftaswesayinIreland,meaningalightrainandagreysky.AsIenteredNewryIdrovepasttheArmyhilltopbase,stilloccupiedbyBritishtroopsandstartedtothinkwhatiswasliketohavebeenaCatholiclivinginthisarea150yearsago.Catholicswereseenassecondclasscitizensandrebelswhohadtobekeptundercontrol,astheywerealwayslikelytorevolt.Theonlywaytotreatthemwasharshly.
 
AttheroundaboutforPortadownjustoutsideNewry
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surprisedtoseethatPortadownwasonly18milesaway,Derrinraw6milesfurther.:'IalwaysthoughtthattheMackellsfromArmaghwouldhavegonetoDerryinthe
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oftheCountrytoboardtheirshipstotheNewWorldbutnowitstruckme,NewrywasalsoanimmigrantportandsentitsfairshareofcoffinshipslaidenedwithIrishpeasantsfromtheseshoresinthepast.Athoughtsprangtomind.PerhapsIwastravellingtheroadinreversethatmyancestorshadtravelledinthepast.Whatdidtheythinkwasaheadofthemastheypassedthiswaywithafewpatheticbelongingsandahandfulofcoins?Weretheyleavingbecauseofdespairorweretheyfullofhope?Didtheyrealisethattheywouldnevercomethiswayagainnorseetheirhomelandandfamilyagain?ThroughthevillageofJerretspassandsuddenlythetownofTandrageewasuponme.IboughtmyfirstdogSamhere;hewasacockerspaniel.ThisisLoyalistcountry.LoyalistsareextremeProtestants.ThemostimportantorganisationforthemisTheOrangeOrder.AbodythatispledgedtoopposeCatholicismandwhichwasfoundedinCo.ArmaghinLoughgall160yearsago.TheOrangeOrdertodaywouldnumber100,000membersboundtogetherbytheirsectarianismandtheiroppositiontoCatholicism.TheirreveredleaderwasWilliam,PrinceofOrange.SeeingTandrageeagainwithitssectarianslogansandOrangeflagsmademethinkofSammyoidspaniel.WhenIreceivedhisregistrationpapersfromtheKennelClubIwasamazedtoseethatSam'sfatherhadbeencalled"ThePrinceofOrange"!EventhedogsinTandrageeareextremeProtestants.Ipassedthroughat3.00p.m.AfewhourslateranextremeLoyalistgroupmurderedtwoboysaged18and19anddumped,theirbodiesjustoutsidethetown.ThenexttownonfromTandrageewasPortadown.AtownwereCatholicsarenotwelcomeandweresectarianslogansuchas"NO

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