RATHDRUM REMEMBERS CS PARNELL ON ‘IVY DAY’
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.