Ivy Day (Ireland)

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Ivy Day
Observed by Ireland
Date October 6
Next time 6 October 2015 (2015-10-06)
Frequency annual

Ivy Day (Irish: Lá an Eidhneáin) was formerly observed on October 6 in Ireland, in memory of the prominent nationalist politician Charles Stewart Parnell (June 27, 1846 – October 6, 1891). James Joyce's short story, "Ivy Day in the Committee Room", features several Irish politicians who fail to live up to Parnell's memory.

A small ceremony still takes place at Parnell's graveside in Glasnevin Cemetery on the Sunday nearest 6 October. It is attended by a small number of devotees of Parnell and a brief oration is delivered in his honour (at midday).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Eve of Ivy Day' Seminar". Glasnevin Trust. Retrieved 13 November 2013.