Newry Town Hall

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Coordinates: 54°10′41″N 6°20′11″W / 54.178°N 6.3365°W / 54.178; -6.3365

Newry's Town Hall from the Armagh side of the Clanrye River

Newry Town Hall is the civic building of Newry, Northern Ireland however the main Council Chambers are located at Monaghan Row just off the Camlough Road in the city.

History[edit]

Newry's town hall was designed by William Batt. It was built on a three-arched bridge over the Clanrye River in 1893 by the old Newry Town Commissioners.

The Clanrye River, which runs through the heart of Newry, forms part of the border between County Down and County Armagh and hence the Town Hall was built over it, to meet the needs of the people from both sides of the growing town. Whilst the council moved its debating chambers to Monaghan Row in the 1980s, the Town Hall serves today a mostly ceremonial function. It features a large hall that is often used for concerts and drama productions as well as the annual Newry Musical Feis.

U2 played the venue in 1980 and were reportedly booed off stage.[1]

The granite monument in the forefront of the picture was erected in honour of local man Terence Bannon, who, on June 1, 2003, became the first citizen of Newry to conquer Mount Everest.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greater Belfast - Punk Rock's Glory Days". Bbc.co.uk. 2003-10-24. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  2. ^ "Newry Journal - Banjo Bannon, Everest Hero". www.newryjournal.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-01-15.