Marking a heroine’s
200th birthday

Statue of Margaret Haughrey in New Orleans.
This Saturday, June 15, Carrigallen celebrates the 200th birthday of Margaret of New Orleans.

This Saturday, June 15, Carrigallen celebrates the 200th birthday of Margaret of New Orleans.

The Heritage Day celebrating the bicentenary of the remarkable Margaret Haughery (nee Gaffney) from Tully, Carrigallen will see activities and entertainment around her memorial cottage from 10am - 5pm, with evening entertainment at the Corn Mill Theatre. Local actor David Rawle, star of Moone Boy, will open the celebratory day which welcomes home emigrants from all over the world as part of The Gathering.

The day is packed full of craft activities, from weaving and spinning to butter churning and popping corn over an open fire. Come along to the hedge school and learn about our native flora and fauna and even bet on a Bug Race! Join in the Cock Fight (with a twist) in the afternoon and watch local teams show their prowess in hay building and rope twisting.

The celebration is not only to mark the 200th birthday of this remarkable Leitrim woman who made such an imprint on the society of new Orleans in the 1800s, but to enjoy and learn about our national crafts and heritage. Throughout the day, local musicians will be playing their music including medieval, traditional and contemporary. The night will include specially commissioned pieces by: Charlie McGettigan, John McCartin, Karl McCartin Dancers, Kevin Patrick, Tony Fahy, the Angel of the Delta choir, Maura Williamson’s Hedge School Drama enactment and Our Story of Margaret of New Orleans. Daytime events are free. Visit www.margaretsbirthplace.com for full event details.