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Monday 22 September 2014

Moiras passion for Drogheda

Published 20/05/2005 | 00:11

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THE town is in mourning this week after the death of Moira Corcoran (nee Quigley), a founder member of the Old Drogheda Society.Mrs Corcoran died last Wednesday and was buried on Friday.Moiras life was inextricably linked with Drogheda life and her impact on the town will be long remembered through her contribution to our knowledge of the history of the town.Also, as

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By Eoin Reynolds

THE town is in mourning this week after the death of Moira Corcoran (nee Quigley), a founder member of the Old Drogheda Society.

Mrs Corcoran died last Wednesday and was buried on Friday.

Moira’s life was inextricably linked with Drogheda life and her impact on the town will be long remembered through her contribution to our knowledge of the history of the town.

Also, as the first woman to stand for election to Drogheda corporation, she paved the way for other women to do likewise.

As many are still in mourning, her legacy was remembered this week by Des McGinty, chairperson of the Droichead Arts Centre.

‘Moira’s passing robs the town of one of the most active and able women of her generation, whose knowledge of history and culture was unparalleled,’ he said.

‘Her leadership contributed in no small way to the founding of the Old Drogheda Society, the development of the Milmount complex and the general higher appreciation of the rich and varied history and culture of the area.’

Mr McGinty added that the late Mrs Corcoran was a regular patron of the Droichead Arts Centre events.

Mrs Corcoran’s wealth of knowledge was matched by her powerful influence which she used to encourage the Droichead Arts Centre to acquire Barlow House – regarded as one of the town’s most significant heritage buildings.

Her dedication to retaining and remembering our culture and heritage was evident from early on. Before Drogheda had a museum, her home was filled with the treasures that now adorn Milmount.

A minute’s silence was also recognised as a mark of respect to Moira at the beginning of Drogheda United’s home game against Shelbourne on Friday evening.

Meanwhile, the board and staff of the Droichead Arts Centre have paid tribute to the late Moira Corcoran who played a key role in the development of knowledge of Drogheda's heritage and culture.

‘Moira’s passing robs the town one of the most active and able women of her generation whose knowledge of history and culture was unparalleled,’ said Des McGinty, Chairperson of the Droichead Arts Centre.

‘Her leadership contributed in no small way the founding of the Old Drogheda Society, the development of the Milmount complex and the general higher appreciation of the rich and varied history and culture of the area,’ he said.

Mr McGinty added that the late Mrs. Corcoran was a regular patron of the Droichead Arts Centre events.

Mrs Corcoran, with the Old Drogheda Society played a significant role in encouraging the Droichead Arts Centre to acquire Barlow House – one of the town’s most significant heritage buildings.

She also spoke at a joint Droichead Arts Centre/Old Drogheda Society seminar on Georgian Drogheda, where she specifically spoke on the economy of eighteenth century Drogheda.

The death of Moira Corcoran is a huge loss to the town of Drogheda, the Chairman of the Drogheda Trades Council Mr Donnchadha McRaghnaill has stated.

Paying tribute to the late Mrs Corcoran at the council’s meeting on Monday night Mr McRaghnaill said that she had contributed much to the town during her life-time.

SIPTU Branch Secretary Michael Walsh described the deceased as a ‘dedicated socialist’.

‘She was a real socialist in every way and her family should be so proud of her.’

Correspondence Secretary Frank Gallagher said that Moira Corcoran was very much a part of the broad Labour/Socialist Left movement locally. ‘She had great vision and was a very knowledgeable woman.’



Delegates observed a minute’s silence in memory of Mrs Corcoran and also that of John McKenna and Dominic Nugent.







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