Please Note: The times and details on programme below may be subject to change, please check back again closer to the event.
During the weeks leading up to the event an extensive Education Programme will be run in local schools
A series of Fringe Activities and Tours will be available on Saturday morning 3rd March between 10.00am and 12.30pm. See details here
FRIDAY 2nd March. Time: 1.30pm
BLESSING OF THE BONNETS – Faithlegg Church, County Waterford – FREE PUBLIC EVENT
For almost a decade artist Dr Christina Henri has worked on the Bonnet Project to raise awareness of the story of 25,566 women who were transported to Australia. Following last years very successful exhibition in Waterford for the 1848 Tricolour Celebrations, there will be a blessing of the Bonnets at the Meagher Family Grave at Faithlegg Church, County Waterford. Blessing by Fr. Brian Power, music and prayers. In attendance H.E. Richard Andrews, Ambassador of Australia to Ireland.
FRIDAY 2nd March. Time: 7.00pm – COST €25
HISTORIC TALK – Sabai Restaurant, The Mall, Waterford.
Dinner and historic talk at Sabai Restaurant by James Doherty. More details to follow…. Please Telephone Sabai Restaurant to book your place. (051) 858002
SATURDAY 3rd March. 2.00pm – 4.30pm – FREE PUBLIC EVENT
LECTURE SERIES – Waterford Medieval Museum
- ‘The Memoirs of General Thomas Francis Meagher: from manuscript to print’. Professor Padraig Ó Macháin, Professor of Modern Irish, University College, Cork.
- ‘The Death of Thomas Francis Meagher’. Dr Martin Hearne, author and editor of Thomas Francis Meagher: The Making of an Irish-American.
- The Legacy of Meagher and Modern Ireland. Noel Whelan, author, barrister, Irish Times columnist.
SATURDAY 3rd March. Time: 7.30pm – Cost €50
GALA DINNER – The Granville Hotel, Waterford.
Gala Dinner, with Welcome Reception, Music by the Island of Ireland Peace Choir and Dermot Power. Tickets can be purchased directly from Granville Hotel. Guest Speaker Professor Willie Donnelly President Waterford Institute of Technology See Bio
SUNDAY 4th March Time: 12.15pm.
WREATH LAYING CLOONEY MONUMENT – Ballybricken Church Graveyard
A Wreath will be laid by members of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, New York.
This will be followed by a parade by band to Flag Raising Ceremony on The Mall.
SUNDAY, 4th March. Time: 1.00pm
FLAG RAISING CEREMONY- The Mall, Waterford.
Flag Raising Ceremony will take place outside the Waterford Crystal Building on the Mall and will be attended by Visiting Ambassadors and guests, members of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, New York and Military and Naval Representatives.