Service for James Samuel Emerson VC
100th Anniversary Service in Collon Church on 3 December 2017
James Samuel Emerson was born in Collon, Co. Louth. He was educated in Collon and at Dundalk Grammar School. He enlisted on 16 September, 1914 only 19 days after the outbreak of the Great War on 28 July, 1914. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for acts of conspicuous bravery in the face of the enemy in an action near La Vacquerie, France on 6 December, 1917 when he was killed. His grave is unknown. The Victoria Cross was received by his mother on 3 April, 1918 at a ceremony in Drogheda. His name is recorded on the war memorial at Collon Church, and at Dundalk Grammar School, and in France, - on the Cambrai Memorial to the Missing.The ecumenical church service was held on 3 December the ceremony included flag parties from the Irish Defence Forces, the Royal Inniskilling Regiment, the Royal British Legion and the Organisation for National Ex-servicemen
A magical & mysterious musical journey from plainchant to jazz was brought to you by KenDu Music!Church of Ireland, Collon, Co. Louth at on Friday 20th October 2017
Trick or Treat Halloween came early with classical guitarist Leslie Cassidy supported by the Rosemount Singers and very special guests 4inaB
Tickets were €20 (incl. of refreshments after concert &Contribution towards Church repair)
Tickets were available by contacting [email protected]
A Fundraising Garden Party was held at Collon House, on Saturday 17th June 2017 2 - 5pm.
The Lourdes Brass Band from Drogheda played. See Link to Lourdes Brass Band
- Guided tour of the Church building, and walk around historic Collon Village.
- Childrens activities
- Cake sales
Fundraising launch on 13 May 2017
On Saturday 13 May, 2017 at 11.00am in Collon Church – Friends of Collon Church launched a major fundraising drive to re-slate the outer roof on this historic building, so that the stunning plaster ceiling can be saved.
Seamus Roe (Joint-Secretary of Louth Archaeological and Historical Society)
1. Dr Christine Casey, Associate Professor of Architectural
History, Trinity College Dublin
Christine spoke about the architecture of the building
2. John Rountree, Chairman of Friends of Collon Church CLG
John described the fundraising so far.
3. Mairead McGuinness, MEP, First Vice-President of
European Parliament with responsibility for the Parliament’s
dialogue with religious and non-confessional organisations.
Mairead formally launched a major public fundraisingappeal to save the building.
On the south side of the church is a group of three Russian Orthodox Cross headstones marking the graves of a family who fled the October Revolution in 1917 and who eventually settled in Collon in the 1930s. One headstone commemorates Nikolai Ivanovich Couriss (1896-1977) and a second his wife Ksenia Nikolaevna Couriss (née Bibikova) (1895-1966) who is reputed to have been a lady-in-waiting to the last Czarina. A colourful rumour once circulated that Couriss taught Russian to intelligence agents and, although never substantiated, photographs exist which are said to show George Blake (b. 1922), the double agent, at Collon