Boree Log Cottage is a Poet's Cottage - the birthplace of John O'Brien, otherwise known as Monsignor Patrick Hartigan (13 October 1878 - 27 December 1952). John O'Brien was an Irish-Australian most known for his poetry "Around the Boree Log." Our cottage 'Boree Log Cottage' has been named after this famed piece of work. As soon as this humble little cottage became ours back in 2000 we knew that one day we would have to share it with the community. We have raised our children here but now feel it's time to share the cottage with you. We see ourselves as mere custodians of this historic place and little by little we have been renovating and restoring this nest.
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John O'Brien's 140th Birthday Anniversary - 13th October 2018
Hand in Hand : The Day's End In front of Patrick Carroll's original painting 'The Little Irish Mother' which was hand delivered to Boree Log Cottage by the artist himself on the day,
This painting was part of a exhibition commemorating the 100th Birthday Anniversary of John O'Brien and launched the publication of the illustrated version of Around the Boree log / a selection from Around the Boree Log and the Parish of St. Mel's by John O'Brien, illustrated by Patrick Carroll, John O'Brien, 1879-1952 . We made sure we got our book signed.
We had just over 40 people visit from far and near to see Robyn Sykes fabulous and entertaining poetry performance. She involved the participation of the audience and even wrote a commemorative poem for the day.
Visitors came all the way from Renmark, SA, Central Coast, NSW as well as from Leeton, Wagga Wagga, Milawa, Darlinghurst and Narranderra and of course all around our Yass and Canberra region too.
The Limerick Collection was on display, over 42 pieces of work and included our very young from Mt Carmel Primary School where John O'Brien (Patrick Hartigan) did his early schooling. There were some special poems on display too from previous inhabitants of the cottage that were especially evocative.