Since its foundation the Parnell Society of Ireland maintains the memory and political legacy of the Parnell family through a number of activities outside the annual Parnell Summer School and Spring Day lectures. To date the Society has been directly responsible for the following events:
Memorial tree planting at Avondale Co Wicklow.
Unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the former Steyning Registry Office (near Brighton) where Charles Stewart and Katharine Parnell were married.
Erection of a memorial stone from Avondale Co Wicklow over the grave of the patriot Fanny Parnell in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Boston, U.S.A.
Establishment of the John Howard Parnell Memorial Garden Park in Valley, Alabama U.S.A.
Presentation of a Parnell commemorative tablet for the John Howard Memorial Garden.
Donations of Parnell related material to the Cobb Memorial Archive, Lafayette Alabama.
Donations to the Cincinnati City Library of the complete transcripts of Charles Stewart Parnell’s visit to Cincinnati in 1880.
Erection of memorial plaque and restoration of the grave of the patriot Anna Parnell in Ilfracombe. North Devon
Presentation of Parnell-related portfolio of papers to Ilfracombe Public Library
Planting of memorial tree to Anna Parnell at Ilfracombe Parish Church
Restoration of the grave of Katharine Parnell and placing of commemorative plaque on the grave at Littlehampton, Sussex.
Commissioning of commemorative white rose known as the ‘Katharine Parnell Rose’
Presentation of portfolio of Parnell-related material to Brighton and Hove City Library.
Memorial tree planting at Royal Blackheath Golf Club (club grounds near former residence of Charles Stewart & Katharine Parnell).
Presentation of historical papers portfolio concerning the Wood family (Katharine Parnell’s family) to Royal Blackheath Golf Club History
Address by John McDonald M.P in Committee Room 15 of the House of Commons to the Parnell Society
Retracing of the funeral route of Charles Stewart Parnell through Dublin.
Presentation of the official press transcripts of the Parnell funeral to Dublin City Archives.
Presentation of Parnell related publications to the Irish Embassy, Paris
Society Members: Frank Murray, Deirdre Larkin, Donal McCartney, President Mary McAleese, David Kenny (rose breeder), and Eunan McKinney.
These images were captured at the Parnell Society’s presentation of a special white rose, to be named ‘Katharine Parnell’ to Mary McAleese, President of Ireland
This rose has been specially bred by an Irish rose breeder, David Kenny, from Tullow in County Carlow for the Parnell Society who have sought to immortalise the memory of Charles Stewart Parnell and his relevance to modern Ireland.
A rose was central to Katharine’s memory of her first meeting with Parnell, when they met in the Palace yard at Westminister:
“In leaning forward in the cab to say goodbye, a rose I was wearing in my bodice fell out on to my skirt. He picked it up and, touching it lightly with his lips, placed it in his buttonhole. This rose I found long years afterwards, done up in an envelope, with my name and the date, among his most private papers, and when he died I laid it upon his heart.”
Katharine O’Shea (Mrs Charles Stewart Parnell),
Charles Stewart Parnell: His Love Story and Political Life (2 vols, London, 1914.)