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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 beau­ti­fully 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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