Col Leonard Banner Trail

Please note there will be a bus travelling to the Drogheda Fenians Return Gathering Event - "The Col Leonard Banner Trail" on Sunday next July 7th, leaving Our Lady of Lourdes Church at 2.15pm and picking up outside Marian Park shops at 2.30pm to travel to Monknewtown Slane. The bus will return at 6.15pm Return fare €5 ( also open to friends who are not members).

Bookings at Drogheda Museum Millmount 041-9833097 or info@droghedamuseum.ie

The event starts at 3pm with a parade from the Tourist's Rest Pub, Rossin (Dolly Mitchells) to the nearby Monknewtown Cemetery for a ceremony at the grave of the leader of Drogheda's Fenians, Col Patrick Leonard. For information on Leonard whose death led to a demonstration of Fenian support and it was reported that 9,000 people attended his funeral. For many years, massive crowds accompanied by several bands marched from Drogheda to Monknewtown to commemorate his anniversary.

The parade will feature replicas of the Drogheda Guild Banners, on show in Drogheda Museum Millmount and painted by William Reynolds, a cousin of Leonard.

After the celebration in the cemetery there will be an afternoon of music, dance, story telling and poetry in the Tourist's Rest, music by Eitlean, the popular local traditional band.

This event will be attended by relatives of the Drogheda Fenians who were forced to flee the country in 1867, and it is hoped for a good turn out of Old Drogheda Society Members.

To book please ring Liam or Kathleen at Drogheda Museum Drogheda 041-9833097 or e-mail

For details of all the events in the Drogheda Fenians Return Gathering see www.droghedamuseum.ie

  • Old Drogheda Society - History, Archaeology & Heritage, Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland.
  • Tel. 041-9833097

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