Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

SUN­DAY last was the of­fi­cial Ivy Day in Rath­drum as the ‘Un­crowned King of Ire­land’ Charles Stewart Par­nell was re­mem­bered in his na­tive town.

This year marks the 126th an­niver­sary of death of the Ir­ish na­tion­al­ist politi­cian.

For the past 26 years Jimmy Olo­han of Rath­drum Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, along with mem­bers of his com­mit­tee, have been hon­our­ing Ivy Day with­out fail and the day has now be­come a very proud tra­di­tion in the lo­cal area.

The Rath­drum Me­mo­rial Pipe Band opening the pro­ceed­ings fol­lowed by a short in­tro­duc­tion by Mr Olo­han.

Guest of hon­our was El­lie McNa­mara who spoke beauti- fully in her ora­tion on Par­nell and com­pleted the for­mal­i­ties by plac­ing a wreath at the Par­nell mon­u­ment.

Oisin Mol­loy played the Last Post which was a very fit­ting tribute to Par­nell, whose birth­place and home was at Avon­dale House, Rath­drum.

There was a good at­ten­dance for the cer­e­mony.

Guest speaker El­lie McNa­mara with Jimmy and Joan Olo­han at the Ivy Day cel­e­bra­tions in Rath­drum.

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