Efforts to secure Jeanie Johnston visit for Famine Commemoration
From: The Argus
The Jeanie Johnston docked along the quays in Dublin.
Wednesday April 11 2012
EFFORTS are under way to have the tall ship Jeanie Johnston in Drogheda for the town’s forthcoming Famine Commemoration, members of Louth County Council heard.
Cllr. Tommy Byrne had asked that the council request permission and support from the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney to have the replica famine ship Jeanie Johnston on display in Drogheda for the Famine Commemoration ‘as a stark reminder of those dark days in our history’ and in the interests of tourism.
He said he had been ‘saddened’ to see the ship docked in the Liffey and only accessible to those able to pay for corporate events as he didn’t think that was the spirit in which the Jeanie Johnston had been built.
He felt it would be a tremendous boost to tourism if they could have the ship in Drogheda for the Famine Commemoration week in May.
Cllr. Frank Godfrey was concerned about the cost implications.
Director of Service Joan Martin said that, as chairperson of the famine commemoration committee, she had already been talking to the people who operate the ship.
There were issues around seaworthiness certificates and they wouldn’t know for another couple of weeks if the ship will be able to come to Drogheda.