On a beautiful, sunny September morning over 50 people gathered at "Dromalane House", Newry, to witness an event, which had been talked about for so long!
The "Ulster History Circle" in conjunction with "Newry & Mourne District Council" and with funding form "Heritage Lottery" had finally placed a Blue Plaque on the house, where John Mitchel lived & where John Martin died.
Doreen Corcorran of "Ulster Hisory Circle", Prof Patrick Murphy of Heritage Lottery, Lord Mayor John Feehan, local councillors, Mitchel & Martin descendants & interested locals gathered to witness the historic event. One guest who travelled furthest was Marjorie Harshaw Robie from Ipswich, Massachussetts came especially to honour her distant cousin John Martin.
After photographers ahd taken photos, local dignitaries spoke on the steps of "Dromalane House" and then the Lord Mayor pulled the string to unveil the handsome plaque. Everyone then filled into the house to enjoy the talk and description of it given by Adrian Murdock. The highlight was surely the visit to the room, where john Mitchel died. A lot of people were curious as to where the room may have been that John Martin died in, as according to several sources, he is supposed to have stayed in a different room and as Henrietta was already there she would have already been accupying a room.
Everyone lingered meeting each other and talking, before returning to "Bagenal's Castle", where Anthony Russell gave an excellent talk and audio visual on the life & love story of John & Jenny Mitchel, a lot of new facts arose during this time. Stephen Fitzpatrick had once again brought along his excellent picture of John Mitchel to display.
Following a delicious buffet, a large nuber of those present walked the short distance to the "Old Meeting House Green" to visit John Mitchel's grave. Once again all present lingered chatting and getting to know each other in the beautiful afternoon sunshine.
Grateful thanks are due to Anthony Russell for obtaining the key to the graveyard.
In the days following the event favourable comments continued to flow about the sucessful, enjoyable day it had been.