Louth

| 10.9°C Dublin

Ardee’s sometimes turbulent history revealed in new book

Close

Padraig Lynch, Nicky Callan and former TD Rory O’Hanlon at the book launch.

Padraig Lynch, Nicky Callan and former TD Rory O’Hanlon at the book launch.

At the launch were Deirdre McCormack, Karen Duffy and Niall Lambert.

At the launch were Deirdre McCormack, Karen Duffy and Niall Lambert.

Florrie O’Flynn and Margaret McCourt attending the book launch.

Florrie O’Flynn and Margaret McCourt attending the book launch.

Mairead McGuinness

Mairead McGuinness

Ann Butler and Deirdre Butler, relations of Patrick Tierney, with Mairead McGuinness.

Ann Butler and Deirdre Butler, relations of Patrick Tierney, with Mairead McGuinness.

Fintan Malone, Mairead McGuinness and Donal Hall at the book launch on Patrick Tierney Street in Ardee last Monday.

Fintan Malone, Mairead McGuinness and Donal Hall at the book launch on Patrick Tierney Street in Ardee last Monday.

EU Commissioner Mairead McGuinness at the book launch.

EU Commissioner Mairead McGuinness at the book launch.

Mairead McGuinness with pupils from Ardee CS who attended the book launch on Monday.

Mairead McGuinness with pupils from Ardee CS who attended the book launch on Monday.

/

Padraig Lynch, Nicky Callan and former TD Rory O’Hanlon at the book launch.

droghedaindependent

THE amazing story of the Ardee’s role in the age of revolution and change - The Irish Revolution 1912-1923 - was officially launched last week, a complete read by Donal Hall, and a wonderful account of that period in the heart of mid Louth.

The Ardee Heritage Group were behind it, but as group chairman Fintan Malone remarked, it was a total team effort by people in all walks of life and ages, the Active Retirement and the LMETB to the students of Ardee Community School and the local business park and loads more inbetween.
It was a labour of love for author Donal Hall who detailed the many aspects of the era, from the Tierney and O’Carroll murders to the death of Georgina Rice in 1920, who perished in a burning building in Dundalk.

He says the coming years need to be a learning period, “we have to deal with the centenary of the civil war. It’s been fought once, no need for a rematch. Leave the hatred in the past,” he told those gathered in Muldoon’s of Ardee.

The guest of honour was EU Commissioner Mairead McGuinness who said she was delighted to be back in her hometown.

This is Louth Newsletter

Your weekly fix of local news and sport headlines from Louth, direct to your inbox

This field is required

Last October, she moved from the European Parliament to join the European Commission - one of 27 EU Commissioners - “and the only one from Ardee!,” she exclaimed.

“I take a certain pride in that fact and for me it is the culmination of my core belief held at a very young age, that nothing or no one should prevent another from striving to be what they want to be….. It is a message I bring to school children - of all ages - when I visit to talk about my work and about the European Union.”

She says Donal Hall - a renowned historian, has put County Louth on the historical map - turning his natural interest in local history into excellent academic study, including a PhD.

Donal’s publication was supported by Ardee Heritage group, County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society and the Louth and Meath Educational and Training Board.

The involvement of the Active Retirement Group and Ardee Community School was also acknowledged.

The project was supported by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme - Northern Ireland - Ireland, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
“And that is why my presence here makes a nice link to the ongoing work of Peace building and understanding within and between communities - work that continues often at a low key level, and which we should acknowledge and support.”

She continued, “I am often asked about Ireland and Northern Ireland - particularly since the decision of the UK to leave the European Union by referendum on 2016.

"I do my best to explain how it was during my childhood and teenage years and how it is today - from conflict to peace. But I always say that resolving conflict and building lasting peace takes more than one generation. As an Irish person, I am glad that EU funding for Peace and Reconciliation has been significant and that it continues to be made available.

“The quote that chimes with me is that “Peace cannot be bought. It must be built by human effort and by understanding. The book we are launching tells stories of lives cut short, of divisions in societies and of events in the period 1912-1923. It is particularly interesting for the families in Ardee today with direct links to those who feature in the book. Those details in themselves are important.”

The book is available free in locations around Ardee, including the library.


Privacy