Echoes of 1916

Old Drogheda Society

Declan Mallon from Upstate Theatre Company announces a new history project.

Echoes of 1916 Introductory Workshops

History is often, and necessarily, mediated to us. Someone writes that history choosing what we need to know and what we don’t. Only through personal intervention can we prevent our individual histories being lost. But where do we start?

Echoes of 1916 is attempting to create, in Louth, a large community action research project which seeks to empower individuals, young and old, to research their own personal background and try to find out where their own ancestors may have been in 1916. The project is inclusive and is not tied to the 1916 Rising in Ireland or indeed to being Irish. It may well be that your roots extend as far away as Africa, Europe or other parts of the world and these histories are equally as valid in the context of this project.

The project is delivered by Upstate Theatre Project in conjunction with Drogheda Local Voices.

This is a Major Community Research Project

Week 1 Workshop : A strange Kind of Glory - 1916 in County Louth

With Conor McNamara

Begins Wednesday 28th May

7.30pm Barlow House

Booking Tel: 041 9844227 Email: dmallon@upstate.ie


The project is free of charge

Who should get involved?

Anyone who cares to begin to research their family history and lend their research to the project for artistic interpretation further down the line.

What is happning?

The initial workshops are designed from a historical research perspective (the art comes later in the project). Local historian Brendan Matthews and Conor McNamara of Notre Dame University will deliver the series giving background to the era and tips on how to begin to research. The intention is to first interest people in the idea of research and secondly to empower individuals to begin to research their own family histories by illustrating the initial stages of genealogical research particular to the period in question. There will also be online support.


People can join by emailing dmallon@upstate.ie - or by phoning the company at 041 9844227 and providing email address

Old Drogheda Society - History, Archaeology & Heritage

Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Tel. 041-9833097

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