May­oral chains go on dis­play

Mid Louth Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

DROGHEDA’S may­oral chains will go on dis­play in The Tholsel, West Street, on Thurs­day 6 De­cem­ber from 12 noon – 4pm. All wel­come.

Lo­cal his­to­rian Liam Reilly of ‘Drogheda on the Boyne Tourism’ will give a talk on the his­tory of the chains at 12 noon on the day.

‘This is a great op­por­tu­nity for the peo­ple of Drogheda & dis­trict to see the his­toric chains worn by may­ors of the town over the years,’ said Mayor Frank God­frey.

The chains, to be worn ‘as badges of of­fice’ orig­i­nated from a res­o­lu­tion of the coun­cil in 1785, and it is thought that Ed­ward Chesshire (1785), Ge­orge Arm­strong (1786) or Mau­rice Bar­low (1787) were the first to wear the chains.

Sher­iffs then wore them un­til the post was abol­ished in the 1890s, when it was sug­gested they were in­cor­po­rated into the mayor’s chains. John Dolan of Sun­day’s Gate, mayor in 1905, sup­ported this.

‘May­ors of the day played a vi­tal role in the town and were mainly busi­ness­men,’ said Mayor God­frey. ‘The present chain is rel­a­tively new, with the old one held se­curely in the Coun­cil’s strong room.’

‘Hav­ing the chains on dis­play will cause us to re­mem­ber for­mer may­ors such as Larry Walsh, who was mayor 16 times dur­ing his time on the coun­cil! Wil­liam Whit­worth’s name is on the present chain, after whom the mon­u­ment and hall are called. Peter Moore was 8 times mayor. Maria O’Brien Camp­bell is Drogheda’s only fe­male mayor and her name is on it too! We are sure to hear some sto­ries about for­mer may­ors on the day,’ con­cluded Mayor God­frey, who is now serv­ing his fourth term as mayor of Drogheda.

The May­oral chains.

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