Launch of The 23rd Journal of The Old Drogheda Society

Old Drogheda Society

The 23rd Old Drogheda Society Journal will be launched on Saturday morning the 16th of December at 11.30 am in the Tholsel, by Liam Reilly. Liam has spent the last 20 years working on Drogheda's heritage and tourism promotion and is well known from his walking tours and lectures, as well as his involvement in sport and entertainment over the years.

The 134 page journal is a must for those interested in Drogheda's heritage. John McCullen has an excellent article on Drogheda's 11th Annual Show, the people who organised it, the participants and the advertisers. And the many who as youngsters scaled the walls of Dolan's orchard in Brookville, will be pleased to know that Dolan's apples were judged to be the best at the show. .

Maura Mullen's article "The Turning of the Tide; Ireland in 1898"looks at events which were to make the 1916 Rising inevitable,with insights into the Irish Republican Brotherhood's involvement in the centenary commemorations of the 1798 Rising and the foundations of the Gaelic League and GAA.

Brendan Matthews has two interesting articles: one recalls the late Philip Joseph Cahill, the teacher who presented him with his passion for history and archaeology and one an appreciation of the recently retired Margaret Clinton, who was resident guide in Drogheda Museum Millmount for 19 years.

Nick Reilly's article "Ancient Munificence - The Charities of the Corporation of Drogheda, The Poor of St John and St Stephen" shed's more light on the often controversial St John's Homes at the top of Peter Street and he examines the origin of the charity and a look at its role within the town from the middle ages to the present day.

Randolf Jones looks at the events that led to Drogheda winning it's Civic Sword and the Battle of Corbollis By Mapastown Bridge and it's aftermath, plus the involvement of Drogheda Mayors James Dokeray and William Davy.

Emmett Doran, looks at the various Old Drogheda Society publications still available.

The journal costs €15, but will be on sale at the launch 11.30 am - 1.30 pm for just €10. 

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