Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Memorable Memory Monday lecture night

The audience for last Monday's final lecture in the monthly Kilcullen 700 series in Kilcullen Town Hall was a mixture of the regular Memory Monday events and donors who gave their mementos so generously to the Meitheal of Memories collection, writes Mary Orford.

The night was a mixture of poetry, memories and images. We remembered Jerry Kelly who wrote his Mother Nature poem in 1981. He captured the town as it was then in flowing and descriptive words. Bernadette Burke, daughter of Jerry Kelly, donated a framed copy of the Mother Nature poem to Nessa Dunlea, Kilcullen Heritage Centre. The O'Neill family very generously contributed all of Johnny O'Neill's memorabilia from his days with Kilcullen Drama Group.

Liam Walker kicked off proceedings with a humorous poem "Back in the days of tanners and bobs". It set the tone for a night of laughter and nostalgia. A selection of images from the Meitheal of Memories collection brought the audience down memory lane, with some items seen for the very first time.

Two former residents of the town provided an insight into our history - in 1979 Mr James Kelly, Market Square RIP, wrote a piece about the history of the bridge in the 17th century and Mrs Dowling, Main Street, RIP, described an incident in the town in the dangerous days of 1922.

The town is blessed to have a digital collection of all the material.

(Pictures by Gerry O'Donoghue.)

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