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David Hanna plays a lament In memory of John C Mitchel. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
David Hanna plays a lament In memory of John C Mitchel. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Newry Maritime Association and Dromalane and Quayside Close Community Association unveiled two plaques at "Ivybrook" Dromalane House in Newry at the weekend to mark the 150th Anniversary of the death of John Mitchel’s eldest son John C Mitchel.

Gerry Coyle, Dromalane and Quayside Close Community Association reaches new heights while unveiling a plaque to John C Mitchel at Dromalane House while James McAreavy, Newry Maritime Association looks on. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Gerry Coyle, Dromalane and Quayside Close Community Association reaches new heights while unveiling a plaque to John C Mitchel at Dromalane House while James McArevey, Newry Maritime Association looks on. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

John C was Commander of the Confederate garrison at Fort Sumter, South Carolina when he died in the Federal’s bombardment of Fort Sumter when aged just 26.

Members of Camlough Brass and Reed Band at the John C Mitchel event. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Members of Camlough Brass and Reed Band at the John C Mitchel event. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

John had followed his father into exile in Australia and then later joined him after his escape to America where he volunteered for the Confederates along with his brothers James and William.

Pictured at the John C Mitchel event at Dromalane House. From left: Gerry Coyle, Dromalane and Quayside Close Community Association; Brian Quinn, Deputy Mayor; James McAreavy, Newry Maritime Association and Gerard MAguire, INF John Mitchel Branch. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Pictured at the John C Mitchel event at Dromalane House. From left: Gerry Coyle, Dromalane and Quayside Close Community Association; Brian Quinn, Deputy Mayor; James McArevey, Newry Maritime Association and Gerard MAguire, INF John Mitchel Branch. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

William also died on the battlefield and his body was never identified while James was badly injured.

The Deputy Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council, Brian Quinn was joined by James McAreavy, Newry Maritime Association; Gerry Coyle, Dromalane and Quayside Close Community Association and many visitors.

Music was provided by Camlough Brass and Reed Band and a poignant lament was played by David Hanna on his Bagpipes.

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