Drogheda Borough Council mace recently restored
The mace and sword were given to the Corporation of Drogheda by King William (III) of Orange, shortly after the Battle of the Boyne, to replace the previous mace, which James II had melted down to enhance his depleted exchequer.
The words Honi soit qui mal y pense
The sword of state and scabbard
The sword of state and scabbard with the royal arms are also the gift of King William III. The sword is 3 foot 6 inches long, and the scabbard bears a decoration with the letters CR, meaning Carolus Rex, or King Charles (I), suggesting that even if the sword was presented by William, the scabbard may have been reused from an earlier sword (Drogheda famously withstood a siege in 1641/2, during the reign of Charles I).
The mace has survived over three hundred years of our history, through national wars, famine, and civil war. It is very much part of the shared history between North and South and Ireland and the UK.
As a town we can proudly display the mace - its royal symbolism no longer relevant as we live in a republic, its civic symbolism tempered and dependant on democratic acceptance by the citizens of Drogheda.
Highlanes Gallery was developed with the F.E.McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge Co. Down through an Arts Partnership and the partnering of two local authorities - Louth County Council (Drogheda Borough Council) and Banbridge District Council and received capital funding from the Interreg IIIA programme through the SEUPB (Special EU Programmes Body) in the East Border Region.
Admission Free, donations welcome.
Monday-Saturday 10.30 a.m.-5.00 p.m.
Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery,
Laurence Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland.