Monday 21 January 2019

Big plans to mark Drogheda Day

The programme for Drogheda Day, a celebration of Drogheda's culture and rich heritage, has been announced, and will take place on Saturday 15 September 2018.

Commemoration of those killed by Cromwell and especially the two Franciscans martyred at St Peter's Church of Ireland, will begin with the laying of a wreath at Millmount where Cromwell's troops killed hundreds of defending Royalists.

A walk from St Peter's church on West Street to Laurence's Gate will begin at 3pm, finishing up with a talk on Drogheda's history by historians Brendan Matthews and Liam Reilly.

'September was chosen for three reasons, the three biggest events in the town's history - namely the sacking of the town by Cromwell, Louth's all-Ireland win in 1957 and the Pope's visit in 1979,' explained Mayor Frank Godfrey, instigator of Drogheda Day. 'It is important that the people of Drogheda remember their history and do something to commemorate it and honour this great town.'

Mayor Godfrey went on to say that we need to celebrate Drogheda's heritage, culture and achievements. 'We need people to participate and express their love for the town, to celebrate Drogheda's past and present. There is a vibrancy and energy visible in the town since Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann - and we must harness this now by celebrating and commemorating all that is great in our town! What could be better than having our very own Drogheda Day!'

Drogheda Independent