Drogheda Museum / old drogheda society
a “GATHERING” EVENT
the DROGHEDA FENIANS RETURN
JULY 4th – july 14th 2013
Welcome home the descendants of the Drogheda Fenians of 1867
Thurs July 4th – 6.30pm – Drogheda Museum Millmount – Launch of new exhibition
WHO WERE THE DROGHEDA FENIANS?
– a social history of the Drogheda Fenians and their times.
Sun July 7th – 3pm – THE COL. LEONARD BANNER TRAIL – Monknewtown Cemetery – poetry, music and banners – assemble car park of Tourists Rest Pub, Rossin, on the main Drogheda to Slane Road (“Dolly Mitchell’s”). Descendants of Col. Leonard and William Reynolds present.
- 4.30pm – Music, Dance and Banners in Tourists’ Rest Music Room –
Including celebration of the Drogheda Banners and artist William Reynolds
Col. Patrick Leonard from Tullyallen was a major Fenian leader on both sides of the Atlantic and after his death in 1873 an annual commemoration attracted crowds of many thousands from all over Ireland and Britain to his memorial in Monknewtown cemetery. The Col. Leonard Fife and Drum Band was set up in his memory and this later became the Drogheda Brass and Reed Band. His cousin, the artist William Reynolds painted the famous Drogheda banners and designed the memorial.
Mon July 8th - 1pm – The Tholsel Lunchtime Presentations –
IN THE GREAT DISMAL SWAMP
JOHN BOYLE O’REILLY, CANOEIST AND SPORTS ENTHUSIAST –
Introduction to the week by Seán Corcoran, Chairperson Old Drogheda Society and a Director of Drogheda Museum – contributions from Claidhbh Ó Gibne, Boyne Currach supremo; also Silver Bridge Kayak Club and Drogheda Boxing Club.
John Boyle O’Reilly was not only a radical intellectual and poet; he was also an international figure in the history of the social development of sport, particularly canoeing and boxing. His accounts of canoeing trips, especially his expedition to the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia, are regarded as classics.