WE ARE celebrating the bicentennial of Margaret of New Orleans, Margaret Haughery, nee Gaffney, born on Christmas Day 1813 in Tully, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim in Ireland. This corresponds with the Gathering Ireland invitation to all of the Irish diaspora throughout the world being invited to return to Ireland this year. The Margaret Movement is having a Grand event on Saturday 15th June inTully, Carrigallen. As the year progresses, we will keep you updated here on this website.
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We are expecting people from around the world to attend, but particularly from New Orleans and the USA. Craft people displaying and useing their unique talents, music, songs,
dance, drama and art will all be part of the celebration drawing
on the organic talent in Carrigallen. Charlie McGettigan and
John McCartin are collaborating to compose a unique
musical piece where traditional Irish meets New Orleans
Jazz, complemented on the day by the Karl McCartin School
of Dance. Kevin Patrick from Carrigallen, has also been commissioned to write a poem to be read out on the
celebration day. Scenes of drama will include an enactment
of a Hedge School, with excerpts from “Our Story of
Margaret of New Orelans” written by Maura Williamson,
including songs by Tony Fahy, performed by members of
Leitrim Youth Theatre Company and the local Community.
Margaret's history is lengthy and complex and you can access
it here on our History Button or in the Menu above. We would
also like to recommend our Facebook Page and the Facebook page of the New Orleans Margaret Movement: Beloved
Margaret Haughery of New Orleans. If you need further details
on the Margaret Movement or if we can help you in any way in regard to Margaret, you can Email us.