Festivals, — October 13, 2009 9:31 — 0 Comments

Van Diemen’s Land Revisited

Two Newry men were banished as criminals to Van Diemen’s Land for the treasons they wrote in their newspapers founded and suppressed in Dublin in 1848. Young Irelanders, John Martin of Loughorne, Saval and John Mitchel of Dromalane spent the rest of their lives on the world stage in the cause of Ireland.

Whilst in Van Diemen’s Land – which is modern day Tasmania – both men were permitted by the authorities to live on neighbouring farms near the small town of Bothwell.  Mitchel’s wife and young family sailed from Newry to the ends of the earth to be with him.  Their life in Nant Cottage near Bothwell is well documented in the best seller ‘Jail Journal’ published in 1857 by John Mitchel and in the copious diaries and letters of John Martin. 

On Tuesday next 20th October in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre at 8.00pm the combination of Michael McKeown and The Old Newry Society which brought us ‘The Book of Newry’ presents an audio visual lecture entitled ‘Van Diemen’s Land Revisited’.

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