Billy’s book does the village credit

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Bessbrook District LOL has produced an impressive 100-page glossy book to mark the 11th Twelfth demonstration in the South Armagh village.

The publication, which sells at £5 and is edited by Bessbrook district secretary Billy Kennedy, has not just an Orange theme. It also contains a detailed social history of Bessbrook, from its inception as an enterprising and community-inspired Model Quaker village in 1845.

It moves through the various wars in which Bessbrook men fought and died, and the expansive linen spinning mill, founded by the Quaker Richardson family, which provided employment for upwards of 1,000 people in the region in its heyday of the mid-20th century.

The history of faith and church life in the Bessbrook area is also traced in the book.