Newry.ie

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.

Pin It

WHAT'S ON IN NEWRY

25Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
25Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
25Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
25Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
26Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
26Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
27Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
27Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
28Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
28Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
29Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
29Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
30Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
30Mar
_MG_7561_269035.jpg11:00AM - 03:00PM]
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auction
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auctioneers
30Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
31Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
31Mar
PHENOMENON OF HEALING(1).jpg11:00AM - 05:30PM]
The Phenomenon of Healing
Mourne Country Hotel
01Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
25Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
25Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
26Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
26Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
27Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
27Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
28Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
28Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
29Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
29Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
30Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
30Mar
_MG_7561_269035.jpg11:00AM - 03:00PM]
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auction
Stephen Fitzpatrick Auctioneers
30Mar
_DSF7269.jpg07:30PM - 10:00PM]
Newry Drama Festival
Newry Town Hall
31Mar
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
31Mar
PHENOMENON OF HEALING(1).jpg11:00AM - 05:30PM]
The Phenomenon of Healing
Mourne Country Hotel
01Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
02Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
03Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
03Apr
BRUNO GROENING.jpg05:15PM - 06:30PM]
Information Lecture: Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path
Mourne Country Hotel
04Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
05Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
06Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
07Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
08Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
09Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
10Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
11Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
12Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
13Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
14Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
14Apr
Afternoon of Style 2019.jpg01:30PM - 06:00PM]
Afternoon of Style
15Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
16Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
17Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
18Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
19Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
20Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
21Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
22Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
23Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
24Apr
_DSF8740.jpg10:00AM - 04:30PM]
Centre Stage - Exhibition
Newry Museum
24Apr
BRUNO GROENING.jpg05:15PM - 06:30PM]
Information Lecture: Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path
Mourne Country Hotel
24Apr
songs.jpg08:00PM - 11:00PM]
Songs from Ireland
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre

VIDEO

David Olara - Diverse City
David Olara - Diverse City

David Olara from Uganda has moved to the South Down town of Warrenpoint and here he speaks of how he has adjusted to the relocation.

Albert Basin Park Letter
Albert Basin Park Letter

Newry children ask their councillors and council ceo to appoint a project manager as soon as possible to move the provision of a 15 acre park for Newry forward

FOLLOW NEWRY.IE

 

 

DONATE

Please consider supporting Newry.ie

Amount:
Newry.ie require Cookies on some parts of our site to enable full functionality. By using Newry.ie you consent to our use of Cookies. You can use your browser settings to disable cookies on this or any other website.
More information Ok