Old Drogheda Society
The 1916 Commemoration Lecture Joe Stanley - Printer to the Rising by Tom Reilly which was originally due to be held in the Governor's House, Millmount, on Monday next, December 7th has been moved to the Holy Family Community Centre, Ballsgrove, as the interest expressed in this particular lecture has been huge. Starting time will still be 8pm.
Joe Stanley is associated with many local businesses in Dundalk, Drogheda and Clogherhead, including the Boyne Cinema and The Drogheda Argus. He was 26 in 1916 and part-editor, manager, owner and printer or publisher of newspapers and journals for the republican cause.
On Easter Monday 1916, not long after Pearse read the Proclamation to bemused passers-by, Joe slipped into the GPO. There he met his friend James Connolly, who introduced him to Pearse. The three men sat down together and began to plan the best way to inform the mystified citizenry what was happening. Joe became Pearse's Press Agent and published several war news missives.
This lecture is organised by the Dundalk and District Old IRA Commemoration Committee and the public are invited to attend.