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Newry Museum
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Information Lecture: Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path
Mourne Country Hotel
21Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
22Feb
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Newry Museum
22Feb
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David Meade
Newry Town Hall
23Feb
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Newry Museum
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Stephen Fitzpatrick Auction
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auctioneers
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Blood Red Lines
Newry Town Hall
23Feb
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Lislea Drama Festival - Castles in the Air
Lislea Community Cente
24Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
24Feb
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Blood Red Lines
Newry Town Hall
24Feb
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Lislea Drama Festival - Out of Order
Lislea Community Cente
25Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
26Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
19Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
20Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
20Feb
BRUNO GROENING.jpg05:15PM - 06:30PM]
Information Lecture: Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path
Mourne Country Hotel
21Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
22Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
22Feb
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David Meade
Newry Town Hall
23Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
23Feb
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Stephen Fitzpatrick Auction
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auctioneers
23Feb
49444729_2509682679055879_7296207717079711744_n.jpg07:00PM - 10:00PM]
Blood Red Lines
Newry Town Hall
23Feb
_MG_8623_279582.jpg08:00PM - 11:00PM]
Lislea Drama Festival - Castles in the Air
Lislea Community Cente
24Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
24Feb
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Blood Red Lines
Newry Town Hall
24Feb
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Lislea Drama Festival - Out of Order
Lislea Community Cente
25Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
26Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
27Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
27Feb
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Frank Carson - Rebel Without a Pause
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
28Feb
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
01Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
01Mar
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Hospice Annual Gala Ball
Canal Court Hotel
02Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
02Mar
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Lislea Drama Festival - Someone Who'll Watch Over Me
Lislea Community Cente
03Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
03Mar
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Lislea Drama Festival - Waiting for Godot
Lislea Community Cente
04Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
05Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
06Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
06Mar
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Lislea Drama Festival - Kiss Me Quickstep
Lislea Community Cente
07Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
08Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
09Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
09Mar
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Lislea Drama Festival - Rabbit Hole
Lislea Community Cente
10Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
11Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
12Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
12Mar
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Jesus Christ Superstar
Newry Town Hall
13Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
13Mar
BRUNO GROENING.jpg05:15PM - 06:30PM]
Information Lecture: Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path
Mourne Country Hotel
13Mar
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Jesus Christ Superstar
Newry Town Hall
14Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
14Mar
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Jesus Christ Superstar
Newry Town Hall
14Mar
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Gala Country and Irish Concert
St Paul's High School
15Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
15Mar
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Newry Tradfest
Newry - Various Venues
15Mar
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Jesus Christ Superstar
Newry Town Hall
16Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
16Mar
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Newry Tradfest
Newry - Various Venues
17Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
17Mar
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Newry Tradfest
Newry - Various Venues
17Mar
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Saint Patrick's Miscellany
Newry Town Hall
18Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
18Mar
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Saint Patrick's Miscellany
Newry Town Hall
19Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
20Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
20Mar
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Freak Show
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
21Mar
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Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum

The mystery of an unsigned portrait of Young Irelander, John Martin which hangs in the boardroom of Newry Town Hall marked the start of an investigation that led all the way to America. It culminates in the next few weeks when author Marjorie Harshaw Robie reveals the name of the famous artist who painted the piece, at the launch of her latest book in early October.

The oil painting of John Martin (a close friend and associate of Irish patriot, John Mitchel) has been on display for many years in the boardroom of Newry’s Town Hall.

The portrait came to the attention of Young Irelander enthusiasts, Adrian Murdock, Francis Gallagher and Michael Mc Keown but they were intrigued to find that the art- work was unsigned.

Young Ireland enthusiast - Adrian Murdock - from Loughorne pictured in front of the John Martin painting with a copy of Marjorie Harshaw Robie's new book.
Young Ireland enthusiast - Adrian Murdock - from Loughorne pictured in front of the John Martin painting with a copy of Marjorie Harshaw Robie's new book.

This led to an extensive piece of art history detective work that would not be out of place in a Sherlock Holmes novel. Their investigations stretched across the Atlantic Ocean to Ipswich Massachusetts in the USA where they were very lucky to have the  assistance of Marjorie Harshaw Robie.

Marjorie had been working on her new book Dueling Dragons: the struggle for Ireland 1849-1875, a work that has been enriched by over 26 years of research. She was therefore very familiar with the many twists and turns of John Martin’s life. She discovered that the unknown artist who painted the portrait of the famous Young Irelander, could be one of the most famous artists in modern Irish history.

Marjorie’s new book reveals the compelling story of the lives of three people from the local Newry area in the mid-19th Century – George Henderson (Unionist owner of the Newry Telegraph newspaper), John Martin (Young Irelander from Loughhorne near the Sheepbridge) and James Harshaw (farmer and diarist from Loughhorne).

Marjorie Harshaw Robie has historical family ties to James Harshaw and this kindled a passion to become a writer of these great historical works: The lives of the three main protagonists give fascinating insights into Ireland’s modern history: George Henderson, wrote skillfully in defense of the Union of Ireland with the Crown in London. He cherished the status quo and the empire.

John Martin and George Henderson were friends, John struggled to improve the well being of the people from what he believed was the tyranny of an English landed and capitalist establishment. Although he was a landowner, he used most of his resources to help the poor from his area who were dying from famine. John mother died from a fever doing similar good works and this had a great influence upon her son’s future political mission.

Beginning with his participation in the Young Ireland movement, his activism extended through years of exile. The intense divisions represented by George Henderson and John Martin, negatively impacted the lives of many Irish farmers, such as James Harshaw and his large extended family at their homestead in Loughorne. James recorded their lives in his dairies over many years.

The journals were discovered by accident in the basement of a bank in Grove City USA, brought there from County Down after the death of their author.

Marjorie has planned two book launches in separate locations associated with the lives of the above mentioned central characters. The first event will be at 7.30pm in the Carroll Gallery, the Sean Holywood Arts Centre, at Newry on Monday 1st October 2018. The second event is on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 in St. Bronagh’s Clubrooms Rostrevor at 7.30pm (hosted by Rostrevor Men’s Shed).

Refreshments will be provided.

If you are interested in the lives of these people who helped weave the complex tapestry of modern Irish history then why not attend one of these events. You will also find out the answer to the riddle of who is the artist who painted the unsigned portrait of John Martin.

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