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03/12/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Bonny Portmore

If you strike us down now we shall rise again and renew the fight.
You cannot conquer Ireland. You cannot extinguish the Irish passion
for freedom. If our deed has not been sufficient to win freedom,
then our children will win it by a better deed.

- Patrick Pearse, a.k.a. Padraig Pearse - a leader of the 1916 Rebellion
(10 Nov 1879 - 03 May 1916)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   We're celebrating this week with Irish songs. Today's selection is especially haunting, as it tells about the mourning over the destruction of the old growth forests, and in particular the ancient Great Oak of Portmore (which stood on the property of Portmore Castle on the shore of Lough Beg) to build ships for the Royal Navy.

BONUS - Bonny Portmore - Loreena McKennitt - Any time one can listen to Loreena is a good time.



"Bonny Portmore" is an Irish traditional folk song which laments the demise of Ireland's old oak forests, specifically the Great Oak of Portmore or the Portmore Ornament Tree, which fell in a windstorm in 1760 and was subsequently used for shipbuilding and other purposes.

In 1664 an extensive castle was erected at Portmore, near Portmore Lough, County Antrim by Lord Conway, on the site of a more ancient fortress. It contained accommodation for two troops of horse.[1] The old oak is believed to have stood on the estate of Portmore Castle.

The melody of this song was first published 1840 in Bunting's "Ancient Music of Ireland" and was collected from the playing of Ulster harper Daniel Black in 1796.[2] The air is probably as old as the time of the O'Neill's of Ballinderry, who, due to declining fortunes were forced to sell the property to Lord Conway. The first verse appears to make reference to this sale.[3]

A Scottish version laments the loss of a lover left behind at Portmore, which William Tait identifies with (St. Fillans).[4] (There is also a Portmore Loch in the Scottish Borders). While attributed to Donald Cameron, Burns biographer Alan Cunningham believes it comes from the north of Ireland.[5] Peter Buchan published a version which formed the basis of Burns' "My Heart's in the Highlands"...[5][6]


  Happy Birthday today to Margaret Blayton Cowan ('57) AND  Nancy Horton Wilkes ('62) of FL AND  Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA AND Betty Ames Burton ('71) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

13 -  Betty Spain Uecker ('63) of VA AND    My Former Daughter-in-Law, Kim Woods Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL / Richard Milburn Academy, FL - '03) of FL;

14 -  Claudia Dellapenta Melgaard ('63) of VA;

15 - Joan Williams Eberwine ('57) AND Linda Robinson Gillespie ('71) of VA;

16 -  The late Bill Gross (d. 22 Mar 2014) AND  Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA AND Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC;

17 -  Barbara Brewer (’69) of VA;

18 -  Johnny Mitchell ('57) of VA AND  Kay Knight Midkiff Evans ('59) of VA AND Linda Coates Jones ('63) of VA AND Aderon Gibbs ('66) of VA AND    Wade Scott ('66) of MO;

19 - Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


March 12, 1933 - President Paul von Hindenburg dropped the flag of the German Republic and ordered that the swastika and empire banner be flown side by side.

March 12, 1933 - Outside Berlin, the first concentration camp opened at Oranienburg.

March 12, 1938 - The "Anschluss" took place as German troops entered Austria.

March 12, 1940 - Winter War: Finland signed the Moscow Peace Treaty with the Soviet Union, ceding almost all of Finnish Karelia. Finnish troops and the remaining population were immediately evacuated.

March 12, 1942 - Pacific War: The Battle of Java ended with an ABDACOM surrender to the Japanese Empire in Bandung, West Java, Dutch East Indies.

March 12, 1943 - Italian occupation of Greece: The Italian occupying forces abandoned the town of Karditsa to the partisans. On the same day, an Italian motorized column razed the village of Tsaritsani, burning 360 of its 600 houses and shooting 40 civilians.

March 12, 1947 - U.S. President Harry S. Truman established the Truman Doctrine to help Greece and Turkey resist Communism.


March 12, 1969 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist Graham Coxon was born Graham Leslie Coxon in Rinteln, West Germany.

March 12, 1969 - Footballer Aleksandr Shmarko was born Aleksandr Nikolayevich Shmarko (Александр Николаевич Шмарко) in Maykop, Russian SFSR.

March 12, 1969 - Journalist and author Jake Tapper was born Jacob Paul Tapper in New York City, New York.


March 12, 1988 - The World Wide Web, not to be confused with the Internet, was invented by Tim Berners-Lee.

From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 03/11/15:

“If you are lonely, please know you can find comfort. If you are discouraged, please know you can find hope. If you are poor in spirit, please know you can be strengthened. If you feel you are broken, please know you can be mended.”

- Jeffrey R. Holland, April 2006
(b. 03 Dec 1940)

    Thanks so much, Susan!

From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 03/12/18:

   Thank you, Joan!

From Barbara Yost Hughes ('63) of VA - 03/10/19:

  Indeed it is!

   Thank you, Barbara!


  From Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of MA - 03/04/18:

  BOY HOWDY! Thanks, Betty!

 From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 03/11/18:

    Thanks, Domi! That makes perfect sense!

From My Friend, Jon, of MO - 03/09/18:


 Thanks, Jon!


From My Friend, Tina, (then) of NC - 03/11/13 - "Seven Rules of Life":

  Thanks so much, Tina! These are very insightful!

“Why is everything so dirty here?” Goldwyn once asked of a film director.

When told it was supposed to be a slum, Goldwyn responded, “Well, this slum cost a lot of money. It should look better than an ordinary slum.”

- Samuel Goldwyn, film producer
(17 Aug  1882 - 31 Jan

 From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/25/19 - "Beautiful Rainbows Of Ireland & Other Irish Themed Things" (#9 in a Series of 19):

  "Seeing a rainbow at any time, either in your waking life or in your dream world is always a wonderful thing. And it means the same thing in both places. A rainbow is a universal symbol of hope, luck, fortune, and wishes coming true."

-Author Unknown

   OOH! Thank you, Shari!



Beaded Shamrock Doily - "This Beaded Shamrock Doily has vintage style with its delicate form and beading. This free crochet doily pattern will bring a bit of elegance to your table this St. Patrick's Day. It could also be a beautiful heirloom or gift."


Knitting Bee's 80 + Free Aran Knitting Patterns - "The Aran sweater takes its name from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. A traditional Aran Sweater usually is off-white in color similar to a sheep's wool and is made from 100% wool..."


Margaret Johnson's Irish Recipes - "Margaret Johnson is perhaps the most prolific Irish-American writer of topics dealing with Irish food and drink. Holding dual citizenship in the US and Ireland, Margaret is the author of five Irish Cookbooks, An Afternoon Tea cookbook titled 'Tea and Crumpets', and has authored more than 200 food and travel articles in a number of publications, including the "Irish Echo," "Irish America Magazine," the "Los Angeles Times Syndicate," "Newsday," and Dublin's "Food and Wine" magazine."


From - 03/11/18:

Steven Spielberg was busy discussing his new action adventure about famous classical composers. Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger were in the room.

"Who do you want to play?" Spielberg asked Bruce Willis.

"I've always been a big fan of Chopin," said Bruce. "I'll play him."

"And you, Sylvester?" asked Spielberg.

"Mozart's the one for me!" said Sly.

"And what about you?" Spielberg asked Schwarzenegger.

He replied, "I'll be Bach!"


1. Every Tuesday, 7:30 AM - Male grads meet at Angelo's Restaurant on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard for breakfast and camaraderie.

2. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 -The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

3. Wednesday, May 08, 2019 -The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

4. Friday, August 2, 2019 - Sunday, August 4, 2019 - The NNHS Class of 1969 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News. CONTACT: Jean Baker Howell at

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 02/21/18

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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Bonny Portmore

Oh Bonny Portmore, you shine where you stand
And the more I think on you the more I think long
If I had you now as I had once before
All the Lords in Old England would not purchase Portmore.

Oh Bonny Portmore I am sorry to see
Such a woeful destruction of your ornament tree
For it stood on your shore for many's the long day
Till the long boats of Antrim came to float it away.

All the birds in the forest they bitterly weep
Saying, "Where will we shelter or where will we sleep?"
For the oak and the ash they are all cutten down
And the walls of Bonny Portmore are all down to the ground.

Oh Bonny Portmore, you shine where you stand
And the more I think on you the more I think long
If I had you now as I had once before
All the Lords in Old England would not purchase Portmore.

"Bonny Portmore" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 03/10/09

Image of Lough Beg courtesy of - 03/11/09

Small Shamrock Button plucked from Small Shamrock Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/10/09

Skyline Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/12/09

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Animated Air Force Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated  Laughing Jerry courtesy of Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/14/06
Thanks, Cookie!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon of VA - 05/31/08
Thanks, Joyce!

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

Tiny Green Heart courtesy of John Patterson ('59) of TN - 03/17/13
Thanks, John!

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of  - 05/23/16

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