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Lurgan Young Men’s Society – Members List 1881

Lurgan Church of Ireland Young Men’s Society.

Members List.

For The Session 1880 – 1881.



Lurgan Church of Ireland Young Men’s Society.

The Meetings of this Society are held in the


At Eight o’clock.

Reading and Recreation Rooms.

The Reading Room is supplied with the principal daily newspapers,
the Illustrated London News, Graphic, Pictorial World, Punch,
Judy, Fun, and other weekly and monthly periodicals.

 The Recreation Room contains a Bagatelle Table,
 Chess, and Draughts.

Subscription to Reading and Recreation Rooms :

Annual, 5s ; Quarterly, 1s  3d.

Single Admission,    _   _   _   _    One Penny.

The Library,

To the use of which Members of the Society and Annual Subscribers to the
Reading and Recreation Rooms are entitled, comprises a large selection
of Standard Works of Fiction, Travel, Biography, History, &c.


To View the Lurgan Church of Ireland Young Men’s Society Annual Report for 1880-1881, click ¬†Annual Report 1880 – 1881

To View the Lurgan Church of Ireland Young Men’s Society Programme for 1881 – 1882, click¬† Programme 1881 – 1882



For many years past there has been no movement inaugurated in Lurgan which is likely to be attended with such permanently beneficial results as that which had for its object the establishment of public coffee and refreshment rooms in the premises formerly known as the Lurgan Arms Hotel. The great success of similar undertakings in other places justified the promoters in expecting that theirs would not be a failure. And during the period that has elapsed since the enterprise was first started – but more especially since the management was entrusted to Mrs. Graham – their expectations have been fully realized. The patronage which has been bestowed on the buildings in the past augurs well for their future usefulness and prosperity; and it is a pity that the Committee should be hampered in their operations by a heavy debt, and the want of increased accommodation. But when the public fully realize the advantage of having such an establishment in the town they will surely help in the good work by liberally aiding the Committee in carrying out their benevolent designs.
It should be remembered that the supplying of suitable refreshments at moderate prices, and thus depriving people of the excuse which is so often put forward for going to the public-houses, is not the only desirable end that has been attained by the opening of the Shankill Buildings. A work which, in some respects, is not less important, is being carried on in the reading and recreation rooms, to which we desire to draw special attention. It was found that the most disastrous consequences resulted from the want of a proper place of resort where young men, especially those of the working class, could readily obtain amusement and instruction without being exposed to temptation. While snares abounded on every side very little care had been taken to save weak ones from falling into them, and the consequence was that the practice, which arose from the want of some other resort than the public-house, produced its inevitable results – drunkenness and vice.
The want was apparent; and it was with the object of supplying it as far as possible that a portion of the Buildings was set apart for reading and recreation rooms. That these were much needed has been abundantly proved by the numbers who have availed themselves of the advantages they offer. But they should be even more extensively patronised than they are at present. There are so many who, in order to encourage the undertaking, should become subscribers, even though they themselves should not be able to derive any advantage from it; and there are others who are often in doubt as to the best way of spending their evenings, and who can here obtain information and rational amusement in return for the expenditure of a small sum annually.
By degrees new attractions are being added by the Committee of the Young Men’s Society, and every effort is being made to suit the tastes of those who frequent the rooms. Amongst the papers which are regularly taken are newspapers representing all shades of politics, illustrated and comic papers, and other entertaining periodicals. In the recreation room, where there are chess and draughts and a bagatelle table, a spare half hour may be spent in a most enjoyable manner; and very soon subscribers will be entitled to the use of the Society’s library, which contains a large assortment of works of history, divinity, travel, fiction, and biography, and includes a valuable selection from the publications of the Religious Tract Society. It is the intention of the Committee of the Society to make additions to the library, and in other respects to make the rooms more attractive, as soon as they are warranted in so doing by the state of their funds.
We therefore appeal to the public, and especially to the young men of Lurgan, to rally round them and enable them with no niggard hand to introduce such additional attractions as will make the rooms second to none in the Kingdom.     (Lurgan Parochial Magazine, August, 1880.)



The first meeting of the coming Session of the Lurgan Church of Ireland Young Men’s Society will be held in the Town Hall, on Monday evening, the 4th instant, on which occasion we hope to see a large gathering of its members and well-wishers. The last Session was, perhaps, the most successful the Society has ever had. The papers read were generally excellent; and the debates, while they were entirely free from any manifestation of bad temper, were conducted with great spirit and a good deal of ability. Important affairs of State were discussed by the members with as much earnestness as if the fate of the Empire depended on their deliberations; and on many occasions the proceedings were of the most lively and enjoyable character. It was also gratifying to observe that amongst those who helped to make the meetings pleasant and profitable, were several of the younger members, who, both as essayists and debaters, made a most creditable debut.
There is every reason to believe that the coming Session will be even more successful than the last; and, those who are eligible for membership, but have not yet joined the Society, will consult their own interests by doing so at once. Winter is fast approaching with its long and dreary evenings, and they will find that there are few more pleasant ways of spending an hour or two than by attending a meeting of the Society. Besides, it should not be forgotten that there are solid advantages to be derived from attendance at the meetings. Not only is a good deal of useful information gained, but there are golden opportunities of practising public speaking, the neglect of which may give rise to bitter regret in after life. How many men now occupying public positions heartily wish they had, when young, been members of such a society, and there learned to express themselves clearly and intelligently in public ? And yet there are too many young men who, regardless of the future, neglect the invaluable advantages offered by this and kindred societies. We would ask them now to give the matter their serious consideration, and we believe they will see that it is a duty as well as a pleasure to be an active member of our Young Men’s Society.
Upon all who will be members during the coming Session we would urge the necessity of heartily assisting to make the programme as attractive as possible. Each one may do something. A member who does not feel competent to write a long essay, may try his hand at an anonymous paper; and those who shrink from taking part in debates may impart an agreeable variety to the proceedings on other occasions by readings or recitations. If all the members would make it a point to do what they could, the interest in the proceedings would be greatly increased, and the Society would become still more prosperous and useful. Let the members, then, work together cordially and unitedly, each contributing his quota to the common fund of instruction and entertainment, and the Shankill Buildings will be the scene of many happy meetings during the coming winter.      (Lurgan Parochial Magazine, October, 1881.)




The Right Hon. Lord Lurgan, K.P.
The Rev. Theophilus Campbell, D.D.
Vice Presidents:
Rev. S. J. Hackett, B.A. George Greer, B.L.
Rev. C. H. Waddell, B.A. Colonel Waring, D.L., J.P.
Major Blacker, D.L., J.P. Robert Mathers.
John W. Greer, J.P. Courtney Johnston.
James Malcolm, J.P. James Johnston (Hill Street).
John Johnston, J.P. William Macoun.
To Retire 1882: To Retire 1883: To Retire 1884:
J. Campbell, Jun., J. Dickson, J. Turkington,
J. Bratty, R. Hazelton, H. M. Hewitt,
R. H. Livingston, W. Hazelton, R. Mathers, Jun.,
S. Macoun, W. O. Martin, George Bradshaw,
Robert Mathers.
Richard Howell.
Hon. Secs.:
C. Thompson. H. Livingston.
Secretaries of Reading and Recreation Rooms:
Thomas Faloon. W. A. Gilbert.
List of Members:
John Bratty,   Joseph Lonsdale,
James Dickson,   Francis Phillips,
William Bryans,   Joseph Leathem,
John Turkington,   W. W. Clendinning,
Hugh Livingston,   John G. Mahaffy (Orange Hall)
Thomas Faloon,   Francis Walsh,
William A. Gilbert,   Thomas Kennedy,
Robert Sandes,   Robert McConnell,
R. H. Livingston,   John Irwin,
James Campbell, Jun.,   John Johnston,
Christian Thompson,   George Livingstone,
Robert Anderson,   James Shaw,
Robert Mathers, Jun.,   William Gilchrist,
John Thompson,   William Reburn,
W. D. Bray,   Arthur Neill,
Thomas Campbell,   William O. Martin,
Robert Campbell,   Samuel Mahaffy,
Richard Howell,   James Baird,
Robert Anderson,   Adam Hewitt,
Patrick Walsh,   R. G. McCann,
William Robinson,   William Anderson,
Henry Mahaffy,   James Crawford,
Michael Woods,   John Burrell,
James Fairfield,   David Hargrove,
Joseph Megahy,   James Chiney,
John Black,   John Gilchrist, Jun.
Robert Beckett,   James Wilson,
William Caves,   Alfred Kelly,
William John Cordner,   James Uprichard,
Alexander Morrison,   Joseph Semple,
John McCaveny,   Charles Newell,
William Skelton,   Robert H. Corken,
William Hazelton,   Francis Bunting,
Fred. Magahan,   John Menary,
Holt. M. Hewitt,   John Wilson,
Robert Taylor,   James Lyle,
Thomas Moffett,   James Harrison,
John Walsh,   A. J. Tavener,
Thomas G. Menary,   R. J. Martin,
James Patterson,   J. H. Macoun,
James Greer,   J. Ross,
Alexander Greer, Jun.,   Robert Gorman,
Thomas Irwin,   William H. Murphy,
Stephenson McCabe,   James Menary,
Daniel McNeice,   Arthur G. Massey,
John Semple,   George Bradshaw,
Lutton Black,   Robert Lavery,
James Robinson, Jun.,   Henry McCleery,
James Shanks,   Joseph Bunting,
Thomas Walker,   George John Wake,
Henry Geddis,   John Cassells,
Robert J. Wilson,   Mathew Heazley,
George Lunn,   R. G. Lonsdale,
Stephenson Macoun,   John Trevor Morewood,
James Murphy,   Thomas John Uprichard,
Fred. Lindsay,   James Ager,
John H. McCann,   John Humphries,
John Owens,   Henry Geddis,
Thomas Sholdis,   Samuel Bullick,
George Elliott,   George Wilson,
George Turkington,   Joseph Cummins,
John G. Mahaffy (High St.)   Samuel Carson,
Francis Boston,   Valentine Harrison,
James Waite,   Robert Daniel,
John Lutton,   W. J. Bratty,
James Hill,   J. P. Mathers,
James Baxter,   Joseph Black,
James Wright,    
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