Intellectual Promiscuity

Anthony McIntyre's editorial for the 2016 edition of the Journal of the Old Drogheda Society.

Welcome to the 2016 edition of the Journal of the Old Drogheda Society. 

Journal of The Old Drogheda Society 2016

Despite the year that is in it, this publication intends to cater for its standard traditional fare and contributors. The Centenary of the 1916 Rising was addressed in a dedicated Aspects publication in May, Reflections On The 1916 Rising. There is no need for it to be revisited here.

There is a range of fresh articles on offer. It is not our intention to express preference for one over another. Rather we wish to emphasise that we are pleased to have them all and are grateful to all our contributors for their efforts and for putting up with the flow of queries that the editing process invariably brings.

It is important to point out that several pieces are dedicated to the late Frank Gallagher. It would be remiss of us not to mention them because Frank was the President of the Old Drogheda Society who moist regrettably passed away earlier this year. He worked closely with our publications committee right up until shortly before his death. Indeed, he was a valuable member of the editing team that ultimately produced Reflections On The 1916 Rising and his intellectual imprint is to be found within its shape.

Once Christmas is behind us the editorial team will initiate preparations for the 2017 issue of the Journal. We invite both ideas and contributions from the entire ODS membership and further afield. Ideas are the lifeblood of this journal: ideas for articles; ideas on aspects of Drogheda history that should be conveyed to paper so that an accessible record is available not just for our own generation but for those ahead of us. We encourage intellectual promiscuity, a pushing out of the boundaries whether in terms of new things to see or new ways of seeing old things. 

The Old Drogheda Society has over the decades being committed to the written word. Let 1917 be a further step in our journey of intellectual exploration and our retrieval of historical knowledge. 

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Anthony McIntyre

Former IRA prisoner, spent 18 years in Long Kesh. Free Speech advocate, writer, historian, humanist, and researcher.

1 comment to ''Intellectual Promiscuity"

  1. Is there any wee articles on that favourite son Cromwell? I think local historical societies are a great thing. I have joined the Donegal one here myself. Fair play Mackers. It is always good to get the local insight.


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