St John's Home, located at St Peter's Square( the former old corn market at the top of Peter Street) has been in the news lately with a number of politicians and groups looking for something to be done about the present buildings, opened 201 years ago, but the charity goes back even further.
The Old Drogheda Society will host a Winter Lecture this evening Wednesday, February 22nd in the Governor's House, Millmount, at 8 pm when Nick Reilly will speak on Ancient munificence -The charities of the Corporation of Drogheda, the poor of St John and St Stephen.
It was recorded on the 12th day of October 1660, the Corporation of Drogheda resolved : [I]t is alsoe desired, & that the Worshiple. Mr. Mayor and the Church Wardenes, doe consider of some convenient way for puttinge of St. Stephen and St. John’s poore howses into one, for the more comfortable support of the poore belonging to ye same.
Nick Reilly’s lecture will: (i) briefly examine the origin of the charity by the process of examining the evidence attempt to assess its antiquity; (ii) look at its role within the town from the middle ages to the present day; (iii) discuss the numbers of those who benefited from its good offices and how it financially maintained itself; (iv) the architecture and design of the current premises at Corn Market Square and finally, (vi) its future prospects for a charity that is possibly as old as the town itself.
Nick Reilly BL is a barrister with a keen interest in local history, he was educated at the IPA, Athlone IT, UCD and the Honorable Society of King's Inns. He also acts as chairperson of the Droichead Arts Centre.
There will be a bookstore on the night and all are welcome
Drogheda Museum Millmount,
History, Archaeology& Heritage,