History Department at Young Irelanders UnveilingNews
On Friday 8th October, the History department were the guests of the Newry Young Irelander Memorial Society at the First Presbyterian Church.
The occasion was the unveiling of an oil painting by the artist Rodney Howes depicting the early days of two local Young Irelanders; John Mitchel and John Martin.
The students enjoyed lectures on John Mitchel and his connection to Newry. An additional lecture on the lesser known John Martin was particularly interesting. The speakers succeeded in giving an insight into the daily life and politics of Newry in the 1840s.
The audience were informed of the Society’s plans to raise a statue to John Martin to compliment the existing statue to Mitchel. In the shorter term there will be an exhibition at Mitchel’s home in Dromalane.
Afterwards we were treated to tea in the adjoining Church Hall.
The event was a great opportunity for the History department to strength our links with local history in the Newry area.