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THE GOTHIC GEM OF DUNDALK

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Fr. Garrett Campbell will give a talk in St. Patricks Cathedral, Dundalk,

ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2013, AT 2.00 P.M.

The talk will centre on the history of the building, the architecture which embraced the gothic revival, the interior furnishings and the art of this splendid building. The many characters who saw the building as a philanthropic exercise such as P.J. Carroll will be included.

Refreshments will be served in the Parochial House adjacent to the Cathedral.

There will be a charge of 5 Euro.

Everybody welcome!

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LECTURES

COOLEY GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

If interested in Genealogy Classes : please telephone 0851833110

All of the following talks will take place in Long’s Pub, Grange, adjacent to Grange Church every month on Friday nights at 8.00 pm. Refreshment will be served. Admission 5 Euro .

Everybody welcome!

WRITING IN COOLEY

Seán Crudden has delved into the archive of indymedia.ie to select two of his published articles for his dramatic reading on Friday, October 25th, 2013. They are: ‘Buddy, can you spare a dime‘?; and, ‘We are the boys of Wexford..’ The first concerns political leadership written at the time of Charles J. Haughey’s funeral. The second published during the summer this year contrasts the ideology of the educator with the ideology of the psychiatrist.

ARCHITECTURAL ANANTOMY – WITH REFERENCE TO THE COOLEY PENINSULA

Fergus Flynn-Rogers, Architect, will give a talk on the architecture of the Cooley Peninsula with reference to its buildings on Friday, December 6th, 2013. The enjoyment of anything can be heightened by ones understanding of the motives and thoughts of the creator…… we study history, art, and the lives of others to this end………with buildings we can be presented with an enduring and much loved resource at best, or, a pile of stones and dry rot pains at worst………the architect understands the two ends of the spectrum.

A SCHEDULE WILL BE ISSUED IN JANUARY 2014 WITH DEFINITE DATES FOR THE FOLLOWING TALKS

‘COLLIER THE ROBBER’ – INFAMOUS THROUGHOUT THE NORTH-EAST

Brendan Matthews, Old Drogheda Society will give a talk on the exploits of the legendary highway man. He was the last of the great Irish highwaymen of the later 18th and early 19th century. Brendan will explore his association with Louth and Meath.A ‘wanted’ ad. appearing in the Drogheda Newsletter of January 1813 contained the following – ‘I will pay the sum of £50 to any person, within 6 months of this notice, who shall apprehend and lodge in any of his majesty’s gaols in the United Kingdom, Michael Collier, a notorious offender.

KILWIRRA – A PLACE APART – LOCAL BURIAL TRADITIONS

North County Louth is foremost in the country with its ancient burial sites and tombs. Laurena Rafferty will give a talk on local burial traditions. Kilwirra Cemetery has stood as a testament to its own traditions which have being endorsed by generations of parishioners. It was the only ‘official burial site’ for over 600 years in the lower end of the peninsula. As people ascend its hill on August 15th each year, it represents the ‘voices in our head’ which connects us to our antecedents. While there is a reference to the above graveyard, the talk also applies to many other graveyards.

BOHER CHURCH – A GOTHIC MONOLITH

Laurena Rafferty will explore the period when this monolith was planned, executed and became one of the finest rural churches of its time post famine. While every church door of every Christian denomination is ‘loves doorway to life’, this church represents a community who left a lasting legacy in stone for their predecessors which became a nucleus for christian worship and social interaction. The talk is really centred on the building of churches post famine.

BRIDGES – CONNECTING US TO A HERITAGE IN STONE

P. Kavanagh said ‘fantastic lights look through the eyes of bridges’. Damian Callan will give a talk on the railway bridges of the GNR in the Cooley area. These bridges will not allow us to forget a railway heritage which has passed into oblivion as they stand like bastions within the Peninsula’s rustic landscape. Bridges connect people, buildings, and places where stories have evolved……………………….