CS Par­nell is re­mem­bered on Ivy Day

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

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.

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