7/31/2014

7/30/2014

Pic of the Day @ 30 July 2014


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Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

 

7/29/2014

Pic of the Day @ 29 July 2914


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Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

 

7/28/2014

Pic of the Day @ 28 July 2014


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Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

 

7/27/2014

Pic of the Day @ 27 July 2014


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Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

 

7/26/2014

Pic of the Day @ 26 July 2014


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Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

 

7/25/2014

A Curious Rifle

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Tomorrow, Saturday July 26th, marks the 100th anniversary of the Asgard landing a consignment of 900 rifles for the Irish Volunteers in Howth.

In Drogheda Museum Millmount there is a rifle donated by former Minister of Defence, Patrick S Donegan, who acquired it from former President Erskine Childers, whose father was the owner of the Asgard.

The gun was logged in the museum records as being from the Asgard, but in the run up to the 100th anniversary, it now transpires that it may not have come from the Howth boat but from a consignment that was landed in Larne by the Ulster Volunteer Force in 1914.

The gun which is one of several on display and the museum has issued a challenge to see if any student can establish the provenance of this weapon. Who imported it? Irish Volunteers, The Ulster Volunteer Force, The Citizen Army or some other group.

Anyone is welcome to examine the gun and there is a prize of €100 worth of history books for the first definitive answer.



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Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

 

Pic of the Day @ 25 July 2014


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Old Drogheda Society - History, Archaeology & Heritage

Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

 

7/24/2014

Pic of the Day @ 24 July 2014


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Old Drogheda Society - History, Archaeology & Heritage

Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

 

7/23/2014

Pic of the Day @ 23 July 2014


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Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

 

7/22/2014

Dardistown Castle Visit Fully Booked



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Tomorrow's Old Drogheda Society evening outing to Dardistown Castle is now fully booked out. 


Standby vacancies only.
 

 
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Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

 

Pic of the Day @ 22 July 2014


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Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

 

7/21/2014

It's Good to Walk


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Just a reminder that Drogheda Museum Millmount in association with Drogheda on the Boyne Tourism have Walking Tours of Historic Drogheda leaving Drogheda Tourist Office at 2.30 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  
 
 
 
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Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097
 
 
 
 

Pic of the Day @ 21 July 2014


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Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

 

7/20/2014

7/19/2014

Pic of the Day @ 19 July 2014


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Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

 

7/18/2014

Pic of the Day @ 18 July 2014


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Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

 

7/17/2014

Pic of the Day @ 16 July 2014


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Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

 

7/15/2014

The Travels and Curious Collections of Richard Pocock, Bishop of Meath




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Lecture: The Travels and Curious Collections of Richard Pocock, Bishop of Meath

Date: Sunday July 20th @2:30pm
 
Speaker: Dr Rachel Finnegan (Waterford IT)

Venue: Adbraccan House, Navan.

Hosts: Meath Archaeological and Historical Society.

  • Places limited and booking is therefore essential. Contact Tom French, Hon. Sec.  087 4119633



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Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

7/14/2014

Visit to Dardistown Castle


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 Visit



 

to

Dardistown Castle

 

Guided tour by

Brendan Matthews

on

 

Wednesday July 23rd 2014

Dardistown Castle is an excellent example of a large fifteenth Century Manor House.  It was built around 1465, when grants in return for military service were made available to landowners for building fortified houses in the Pale.  A grant of £10 was obtained for the building of the castle by John Cornwalsh

The first extension to the castle, forming part of the present house was built before 1582 when Dame Genet (Janet) Sarsfield came to live here.  A new entrance doorway with a much higher lintel had to be built as Genet was reputed to be the tallest woman in Ireland

The present front hall, drawing room and dining room date from around 1750.  The upper floors were added in two stages between 1800 and 1860.  

Cost €20.00 per person

Including coach travel, tour of castle, tea/coffee and sandwiches at a nearby hostelry.


Bus Departs Bolton Square: 6.30pm. Sharp

Bus Departs Millmount:  6.45pm. Sharp

 

Advance booking essential:

at Millmount Tel: 9833097, not later than Monday July 21st, 2014.

Please note:

Minimum numbers will be required for this outing to operate.
 

PLEASE NOTE NEW DEPARTURE POINTS




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Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097



7/11/2014

Weekend Outing to Tipperary


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Saturday 12th July 2014 - Slane History and Archaeology Society Annual Summer Outing to Cahir Castle and Swiss Cottage, Co. Tipperary.

If interested contact Mary McDonnell:

  • mobile: 087 2222144  


Members and non members welcome.


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Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

7/08/2014

`Only half a Drogheda man.`

Brendan Matthews, Community Historian, describes a quaint conversation on a train.
 
  
  • The following conversation took place on a train journey from Drogheda to Dublin back in 1931, between Joachim J. Casey, who was assistant editor at the time with the Drogheda Independent and who recorded the tale he had conducted with an old native of Drogheda.
 
 
`I met him on the train where we could talk, the compartment being unoccupied. He looked me over with an appraising eye and shook his head.
 
“You’re not a Drogheda man,” he said. “I am,” I replied at once, thinking he was judging me strange by my speech, which is not as Droghedean as it could be; 
 
“I was born in Drogheda and have lived there all my life.” “No you’re not,” he contradicted, “look at your boots; they weren’t made in Drogheda.”
 
 “They don’t make boots in Drogheda,” I said in self-defence, but it was no good.
 
 “Then I wouldn’t wear any,” was the extraordinary reply of this extraordinary man.
 
 “They used to make leather in Drogheda when I was young,” he continued.
 
 “I know,” I agreed, “but they don’t now, unfortunately.”
 
 “Unfortunately nothing,” said this cantankerous old man, whom I was beginning to like, “they’d be making it still if it wasn’t for you and the likes of you.”
 
 “How’s that?” I asked.
 
“If you and the others weren’t so fanciful and were content with boots made from Drogheda leather by a Drogheda cobbler they’d still be making leather in Drogheda.”
 
 “I believe you’re right,” I said.
 
 “You know I’m right. And your socks, the product of some English factory, I suppose?”
 
 “No sir!” I answered him with emphasis. “Home industry in the truest sense, they were knitted for me by my wife from Irish wool.”
 
“Well, I suppose the good woman didn’t knit your suit?” was my companion’s next query, in sarcastic vein, I judged.
 
 “No, but it’s a home product,” I replied. “Made from Irish cloth by a Drogheda tailor.”
 
 “We’re getting on,” said `Hard to Please`, “your shirt?”
 
 “Made in Derry from Irish cloth.”
 
“Oh! Lord, couldn’t they make you one to fit you in Drogheda?”
 
“I suppose they could, but …”
 
“But nothing!” he barked,” your tie is an Atkinson’s poplin but I don’t like your hat or your overcoat. They’re not even Irish made, not to mind Drogheda made.”
 
I had to plead guilty to these last two charges. I said I didn’t think they made hats in Drogheda and that I wasn’t sure whether they made overcoats or not. 
 
“If they do,” I wound up, “they don’t tell us much about it.”
 
“Couldn’t you inquire?” was the irrepressible reply.
 
We were nearing Dublin and I offered him a cigarette.
 
“I don’t smoke as a rule,” he told me, “but seeing that they’re Dundalk manufacture I think I ought to try one.”
 
“Do you know, young fellow,” he continued, “you’re not as bad as I thought you were, but you could be better. At best you’re only half a Drogheda man.”
 
 
I accepted the rebuke in the spirit in which it was given and we parted good friends. A funny old chap, I told myself on the way out of Amiens Street, but a wise one.'

7/05/2014

The Final Days of Oliver Plunkett



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Today a free play, The Final Days of Oliver Plunkett will be performed at 3 pm, today. It was written by Duleek based Michael Ferguson, and it will renew the atmosphere of 17th century Drogheda and London recreated by actors from the Duleek Drama Players, Aisteoiri na Boinne and St Brigid’s Drama Group. .






The Final Days of Oliver Plunkett is a very much a community production involving local drama groups with seventeenth century props, period costumes and equipment supplied by Millmount Museum.



It is a great chance for visitors and locals alike, to learn more about the trial and excecution of St Oliver Plunkett, whose national shrine is in St Peter's Church.


Tomorrow the Annual St Oliver Plunkett Procession will leave the Holy Family Church , Ballsgrove at 2.50 pm sharp and arrive at St Peter's for 4 pm mass. Visitors from Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom will join with people from all over Ireland in celebrating the life of St Oliver Plunkett.



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