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Waterloo 200 - Meath
The Battle of Waterloo, fought in June 1815,
was a milestone in European history. It ended
over twenty years of conflict in Europe and
heralded over fifty years of peace and stabil-
ity. The battle was the culmination of a long
campaign, fought in Spain and Portugal, by
the Duke of Wellington and his allied armies.
The involvement of Wellington, a native of
Summerhill and Trim, Co. Meath, has sparked
the interest of a number of people from the
county who have come together to mark the
bicentenary of battle.
There are four major events organised
throughout the county on the May bank holi-
day. A concert with music from the era will
take place in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trim, on
Friday 1st May, Wellington's traditional birth-
day. Featuring the Drogheda Orchestra Col-
lective, the Drogheda Singing Group and
Scoil Mhuire choir the event is in aid of the
Cathedral conservation.
On Saturday 2nd May there was a com-
memoration of the Duchess of Richmond Ball
at Rockfield House, Kells. The Duchess of Rich-
mond held a ball in Brussels before the Battle
of Waterloo. There was a brief talk by Dr.
Gerald Morgan TCD, and a recitation of
poetry by Mr. Allan Gregory of the Irish Byron
Society. A three-course supper with wine was
accompanied by music of the era.
Sunday 3rd May was a remembrance day in
Summerhill for the Duke and his local connec-
tions. Journalist Kevin Myers, presented a talk
on Wellington. A special display board was
unveiled at the community centre. Visits were
made to Agher Church and the Duke's child-
hood home at Dangan Castle.
On 20th June two days after the bi-centenary
of the Battle of Waterloo there will be a recital
of chamber music at the Dangan obelisk to
mark the restoration of the obelisk. The objec-
tive of the festival is to focus on the local con-
nections to the battle and to encourage
greater understanding through education
and debate, embracing different perspec-
tives and opinion.
Various other tours and re-enactments are
taking place over the weekend. Further infor-
mation from Noel French 0868053293 or
noeltrim@gmail.com
Wellington