CS Parnell is remembered on Ivy Day
CHARLES Stewart Parnell was remembered in his native town of Rathdrum on Sunday as part of ‘Ivy Day’, which is held in honour of the prominent nationalist politician.
Fittingly, the commemoration took place in the Parnell Memorial Park.
For the past 27 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.
Jimmy introduced guest speaker Michael Tierney, a local pharmacist in Rathdrum, who spoke about Parnell and his importance to the area, both in life and after his death. Michael then placed a wreath at the foot of the Parnell Monument.
This was followed by a min- ute’s silence and then a lone bugler played the last post before Parnell Memorial Pipe Band played the National Anthem.
Parnell’s death occurred 127 years ago on October 6, 1891. Parnell was 45 years old at the time of his death. Ivy Day commemorations have taken place in Rathdrum since 1991.
The Parnell Society also hosted an annual Ivy Day commemoration at Glasnevin Cemetery on Sunday. This year the Society invited John Bruton, former Taoiseach and former EU Ambassador to the United States, to deliver the annual Parnell Commemoration Lecture.
‘We can learn the importance of turning a crisis into an opportunity, as Parnell did with the agricultural crisis of the late 1870’s, using it win land reform,’ said Mr Bruton during his well-received address.
Linda and Michael Tierney with Jimmy and Joan Olohan and May Byrne at the Ivy Day celebrations at Parnell Memorial Park in Rathdrum. PHOTOS BY PAUL MESSITT
Members of Parnell Pipe Band performing on Ivy Day in Rathdrum.
Linda and Michael Tierney with their son Peter and Emily O’Shea.