The unveiling ceremony for the memorial plaque to Alice Stopford Green (1847-1929), which has been commissioned by the Meath Archaeological and Historical Society, will take place in Kells on Saturday, 7 December, at 11.30 am.
Alice Stopford Green was a native of Kells (daughter of the Church of Ireland rector, Archdeacon Stopford), born in the old Archdeaconry (now Blackwater House, on the Moynalty Road). She made a very significant contribution to the Irish nationalist movement from the late 19th century and was a close confidante of and intellectual influence on many of the leaders of that movement – Casement, Childers, Hobson, De Valera, Griffith and Collins. She became a Senator in the first government of the Free State in 1922. A noted historian, she wrote one of the most influential works from an Irish cultural historical perspective, “The Making of Ireland and Its Undoing” (1908).
The event on 7 December will take place at the Tourist Centre (Old Courthouse). The ceremony will commence outside the building, where the new plaque is located. Minister of State Helen McEntee has agreed to perform the unveiling.
We will then move indoors and there will be a presentation on Alice Stopford Green by the noted historian, Dr Angus Mitchell, UL, who has written extensively on her life and her circle of friends and colleagues (most recently in the journal of the Meath Archaeological and Historical Society, Riocht na Midhe, 2019 edition). He will be introduced by Dr Christopher McCormack, a local historian from Kells, who was one of the prime movers in the project for erection of the plaque. After the presentation, refreshments will be served in the Centre.