Tuesday 31 May 2016

Harris to launch Fr. Anderson book in the Augustinian


Published 12/12/2012 | 11:33

JOURNALIST AND author Eoghan Harris will be in Drogheda on Thursday to launch a special book in the Augustinian Church.

' The Fr Anderson Story' by James Flynn will be launched at 8 p.m. and tells Fr. Anderson's life story, including his founding the Drogheda Independent.

The total proceeds of the book sale will go to Fr Iggy O'Donovan's Christmas Fund. There will be a musical interlude and light refreshments served on the night. Special launch price €20.

James Anderson OSA was born in Drogheda in 1837. A controversial figure, he numbered among his friends many members of the Fenian movement and national figures such as Padraig Pearse and Maud Gonne McBride and he was an out spoken nationalist.

While he was based in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, he was on friendly terms with Fr. Cavanagh at Knock and was very familiar with the alleged apparition there in the Summer of 1879.

In the Autumn of that year, he was transferred to Drogheda as prior. No sooner had Anderson arrived in Drogheda than he began organising a pilgrimage to Knock.

This is significant as it was, we believe, the first ever organised pilgrimage to that Marian shrine. The trip took place in May 1880.

In 1884 Anderson was instrumental, with Charles Stewart Parnell, in founding the Drogheda Independent newspaper. In November of that year he visited the famous Drogheda Fenian John Boyle O'Reilly, then in exile in Boston.

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