20th Sept. 2018

The Slane History Society are starting off the new season in style with a special night of commemoration to John Boyle O'Reilly.

    This year is the 150th anniversary of the sailing of the convict ship' The Hougoumount' which carried O"Reilly and sixty three other Fenians to the penal colony in Freemantle. The well known musician Sean Tyrrell  in his show "Message of Peace" will tell O"Reilly's  life story through the spoken word, and song.

          Sean traces Boyle 'O Reilly's early life in Dowth and Drogheda, set against the backdrop of the Famine , his part in the Fenian uprising in 1867, which led to his being imprisoned for life in Australia and his escape via a whaling ship to America.

          A visionary and a poet, O'Reilly has inspired generations of civil rights activists and freedom fighters.

                Through a varied tapestry of traditional music, song and poetry, Sean Tyrrell will bring the story to life and I am sure you will enjoy and remember this stunning theatrical  presentation.  

                 It will take place in the Lavender Room, Conyngham Arms Hotel , Slane on Thursday 20th September at 8pm.

                          Tickets (20 euro) available from The Hub, Slane 041 9824000 or at the door

                               Please come and bring a friend!

             I will also be in touch with you soon regarding an event on the 29th September when  we will remember Slane man Francis Johnston's death in Priestown, Dunleer, during the civil war in 1922.  More details later,

                         With good wishes to all,

                                              Mary McDonnell.