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is a small town in County Down, Northern Ireland. It had a population
of 7,444 people recorded in the 2001 Census. The seaside resort
lies on the Irish Sea coast at the base of Slieve Donard, one of
the Mourne Mountains, and is known for its sandy beach and the Royal
County Down Golf Club. The town lies within the Down District Council
The town aims to promote itself as the "activity resort"
for Northern Ireland and its most special attribute is its location
at the foot of Slieve Donard. The town has benefitted from a multi
million upgrade which makes it a high quality seaside attraction.
The town is twinned with New Ross, County Wexford, in the Republic
name of the town derives from a castle (demolished in the 19th century)
built by Felix Magennis in the late 16th century which stood at
the mouth of the Shimna River.
In the 17th century Ulster ports began to rise in prominence. In
1625 William Pitt was appointed as Customer of the ports of Newcastle,
Dundrum, Killough, Portaferry, Donaghadee, Bangor and Holywood.
On 13 January 1843, boats from Newcastle and Annalong set out for
the usual fishing stations, and were caught in a gale. 14 boats
were lost in the heavy seas including a boat which had gone to the
rescue. Only two boats survived, the Victoria and the Brothers.
76 men perished, 46 of whom were from Newcastle. They left twenty
seven widows, one hundred and eighteen children, and twenty one
dependents. A Public Subscription was raised and the cottages, known
as Widows Row, were built for the widows and dependants. A local
song about the disaster says "Newcastle town is one long street
entirely stripped of men"
In 1910 Harry Ferguson flew a small plane across Newcastle beach
in one of the first engine powered flights by aircraft in Ireland.
He completed the flight in an attempt to win a £100 prize
offered by the town for the first powered flight along the strand.
His first take off ended badly, but according to a modern newspaper
report 'He flew a distance of almost three miles along the foreshore
at a low altitude varying between fifty and five hundred feet'.
This event is recorded by a plaque on the promenade.
The town's history is poorly recorded and is held mostly by local
people and their stories of the past. Information on the town is
available on signs throughout the forests and hills. The Mourne
Mountains is the setting for many local myths and legends. There
are stories of 'The Blue Lady', a woman abandoned by her husband
who's ghost still haunts the mountains, and more recently the idea
of a wild cat living in the Mournes.
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