National Inventory of Architectural Heritage’s Building of the month June 2016

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Building of the Month - June 2016 The Athenæum, Castle Street, ENNISCORTHY Td., Enniscorthy, County Wexford A meeting held on Wednesday 4th February 1891 set in motion plans for one of the most important public buildings in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, a building intended for the cultural improvement of the town and its people but which found itself as an accidental centre of revolution in the early twentieth century. The venue for the meeting was the market house in Market Square and, addressing an audience of clergymen, dignitaries and local businessmen, Reverend William Fortune (1848-1925) expressed the need for 'a new town hall for Enniscorthy' where young Catholic men could assemble and apply themselves to the arts, literature and science.  Fortune is reported to have said that 'a good reading room is…
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The Athenaeum in ‘BROOKLYN’

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  The Irish premiere of 'Brooklyn' at the Riverside Park Hotel delighted the audience of eager locals many of whom starred as extras in the production.  Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson did not attend but the man who meant most was Enniscorthy’s own, Colm Toibin, who was warmly received and commended for the adaptation of his best-selling novel, ‘Brooklyn’. The event was hosted by Wexford County Council who thanked the Minister for his help in bringing the movie Slaneyside, and the Minister, in turn, thanked the Council for putting on a marvellous show.  He thanked the people of the town for accommodating and facilitating the film crew and the actors for a week that will go down in the Annals of Enniscorthy.   [caption id="attachment_503" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Davis's Mill Accounts…
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Irish Volunteers’ HQ Easter 1916

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The Directors of Enniscorthy Athenaeum Ltd wish to thank the public for their expressions of support and goodwill as a result of the various reports and public statements to the effect that it is expected that funding will be put in place to redevelop the Athenaeum in the very near future and have the building functioning in time for the 1916 Commemorations. Given that the Athenaeum was the centre of the 1916 Easter Rising in Co. Wexford and was occupied by the Volunteers as their headquarterS and was the last garrison to surrender in the country, we have several appropriate events planned for The Athenaeum to commemorate the 1916 Rising.  Announcements of these will be rolled out in the coming months. An important part of the Athenaeum’s function in future,…
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‘Hundreds and thousand’ winners and thank yous

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The directors of the Athenaeum and the children, parents and teachers of St Senan's Primary School Autism Unit, wish to thank everyone who helped make the Hundreds and Thousand Raffle such a great success by selling tickets, donating prizes, attending coffee  mornings and actively promoting the cause.  At a informal function in Enniscorthy Castle this morning, 16th January at 11.00am, the tickets were expertly drawn from the drum by a number of children from St. Senan's, namely: Jessica Rossiter,  Seán O'Toole,  Jack Connick,  Mason Coffey,  Jake O'Neill,             Óisín Murphy,  Anthony Hannigan, Tadhg Breen,  Charlotte Lee, Kaylum Kenny,         Conor Kelly-Foley and Isabel Walsh,  and they drew the winning tickets for all those listed below. Paddy Byrne opened proceedings as the clock…
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