Old Drogheda Society Journal 2017

Anthony McIntyre with the editorial for this years edition of the Journal of the Old Drogheda Society.

Again, very late in the year, we are pleased to launch the 2017 edition of the Journal of the Old Drogheda Society. What is on offer in the pages that follow should hopefully provide our readers with the same standard of intellectual stimulation they have become accustomed to.

Equally important, it might also act as a catalyst for them to try their own hand at addressing or even redressing the historical record. There are many Droghedians who approach the Old Drogheda Society relaying snippets of information and knowledge about past events. While not lost in the telling most of it is certainly lost after the telling because while paper will not refuse ink it needs ink applied to it in the first place, which it may in turn absorb. Merely conveying the knowledge verbally to someone else is not a good means of depositing information. To truncate a long-standing phrase: the pen is mightier than the word.

If there is to be a genuine process of information retrieval that can then be inserted into the historical record the Journal of the Old Drogheda Society requires more contributions from more writers. No one knows they can write until they try. There is always assistance on hand. Writers’ block or lack of confidence should be no barrier to getting it out there.

We would also appeal to our contributors to submit material to the JODS as early in the year as possible. This year the Journal has basically an editor and a lay out specialist. A small team with a big work load. A flood of material late in the year, while welcome, nevertheless creates pressures of it own. Ideally, we prefer for all articles for the year’s journal to be submitted by May at the latest. This will allow ample time for the editing process to kick in, leading to an October publication.

For now, indulge in the nuggets and gems this year’s journal provides. From some old stalwarts and new contributors alike, collectively they have enabled us to put together a notable edition.


Anthony McIntyre is editor of the Journal of the Old Drogheda Society.

Anthony McIntyre blogs @ The Pensive Quill.

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Anthony McIntyre

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

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