Noel French, the beloved author and historian from the city of Trim—a lush green village nestled in the Boyne River Valley of eastern Ireland—will be presenting a library talk in the lower level Community room of the Boyne District Library on Wednesday July 17 at 6 p.m.
French’s presentation, The Story of the Boyne Valley of Ireland, covers 5,000 years of Irish history.
The Boyne District Library is located at 201 East Main St.
According to local Boyne City author Robert Morgridge, some of Boyne City’s earliest settlers were led to this area by one of Harriet Miller’s dreams.
Harriet Miller, a New York spiritualist and wife of an Irish Immigrant, dreamed of a cabin on a bear-shaped lake.
The Millers’ hunt for that cabin led them west to Michigan and finally to Lake Charlevoix, on which John Miller named the river leading to the lake after his favorite river in Ireland—the Boyne River.
French is visiting the area as a part of a twinning ceremony which will be taking place between Boyne City officials and the Boyne River Valley officials from Ireland’s Ancient East.
“Twinnings” are relationships developed between cities with similar cultural backgrounds and interests and are very much like the sister city relationships developed elsewhere.
French, who happens also to be the Mayor of Trim, is part of the delegation engaging in the twinning ceremony with Boyne City Mayor Tom Neidhamer and other area representatives.
That ceremony will be held on Thursday July 18 at 6:45 p.m., at the Boyne City High School and will be followed by a Concert featuring more than 150 young performers produced by Voices Without Borders.
Both events are free.