Packed Houses at "Drogheda Fenians Return" Gathering Event

The Drogheda Museum / Old Drogheda Society's Gathering event, titled "The Drogheda Fenians Return" - a 10 day long festival to welcome home the descendants of the Drogheda Fenians of 1867 - has been an astonishing success.

Despite the heat wave weather the crowds have been packing in to our Lunchtime Presentation series in the Tholsel each day at 1pm and there is a constant stream of visitors to our "Who Were the Drogheda Fenians?"

Exhibition in Drogheda Museum Millmount.

A huge crowd followed Community Historian Brendan Matthews on his Fenian Town Walk on Tues evening and Brendan again had a capacity audience in Millmount on Wed night for his Old Drogheda Society Lecture on "New Light on the Drogheda Fenians". Brendan brings the forgotten characters of
Drogheda history back to life in a vivid way and he speaks about these people as if he knew them - which in a way he does .... his research on their lives has been so meticulous and insightful.

Most moving moment of the week was Wednesday's Lunchtime Presentation by Juliana Flinn, great-grandaughter of Thomas Flinn of Duke Street who was one of the 3 "Centres" or Leaders of the Fenian Movement in Drogheda and who had to flee to America after the failed Rising of 1867. A large group
of the Flinn family had traveled from the U.S.A. specially for this event and on Wed they were re-united with long-lost branches of the family from the Drogheda area and also from Britain. The "Wild Geese" were welcomed home on behalf of the people of Drogheda by Cllr. Richie Culhane, 414th Mayor of the Town.

Once again, many thanks to Noelle Bowe who gets news of these events up on her Facebook page almost as soon as they are over    .... check them out here.

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

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