Saturday 16 December 2017

Window to past

David Tucker

WEXFORD Historical Society's first lecture of 2014 will be presented by Wexford film maker Harry Dunphy and will feature two colour films of the Centenary Celebrations of Wexford's Twin Churches and the Overland Ferns Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Both films have been transferred to DVD and were originally filmed in 1958.

The films should prove to be of great interest to Wexfordians and portray many personages of that time including President Seán T. O'Kelly, the Papal Nuncio, His Excellency, Archbishop Alberto Levame representing Pope Pius XII and His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. James Staunton, Bishop of Ferns.

During his stay in Wexford Archbishop Levame was conferred as the 13th Freeman of Wexford by the Mayor of Wexford Alderman John Cullimore.

For this special celebration many of the streets and houses in the town were decorated with bunting and flags. The second film features the Overland Ferns Pilgrimage to Lourdes as it departs by sea to France and continues the journey to Lourdes by train. Again many familiar faces appear in this film.

Both films should be of great interest and will re-create some memories of the past. Both films have been transferred to DVD and are in colour – almost 56 years later.

The lecture/film show takes place at St. Michael's Hall, Green Street on Wednesday, January 15, at 8 p.m. Admission for non-members is €5.

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