Ireland Remembers 1916:
Beyond the Pale

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with actors in period costume at the 1916 Easter Rising event in Clifton House, Belfast, including Bartle D’Arcy (left), who is helping organize the centenary plans. (Photo: Belfast Telegraph)
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness with actors in period costume at the 1916 Easter Rising event in Clifton House, Belfast, including Bartle D’Arcy (left), who is helping organize the centenary plans. (Photo: Belfast Telegraph)

By Patricia Harty, Editor-in-Chief
February / March 2017

The main Easter commemorations were in Dublin where most of the action happened on Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, but the Rising left deep scars on those beyond the Pale of Dublin. There were hundreds of commemorations in small towns, and villages, across Ireland, in Donegal, Longford, and Tipperary, and cities such as Cork and Belfast.

BELFAST

(Photo: Michael Cooper)

(Photo: Michael Cooper)

Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilan pictured with James Connolly Heron, the Great Grandson of James Connolly at the unveiling of a statue to him in west Belfast.

KILDARE

3U1A6433Unveiling the statue of John Devoy in Kildare. Pictured are Mayor of Kildare, Cllr. Brendan Weld (left) and U.S. Ambassador, Kevin O’Malley (right). October 25, 2015.

MaynoothMaynooth 15 re-enactment walk from Maynooth to The Garden of Remembrance, 23 April 2016, commemorating the walk by 15 Volunteers in 1916 from Maynooth to the GPO.

DONEGAL

Children from  Illistrin National School receive copies of County Donegal in 1916: From the Edge, History and Heritage Education Pack, February 2016. (Photo: Eileen Burgess)

Children from Illistrin National School receive copies of County Donegal in 1916: From the Edge, History and Heritage Education Pack, February 2016. (Photo: Eileen Burgess)

The annual Tír Chonaill Stone Festival includes dry stone wall workshops and stone, carving workshops, as well as talks and tours of local stone heritage.

This being the centenary year, the festival committee, with support from the Donegal County Council Community Commemorative Grant Scheme and other funders,  unveiled a special collaborative sculpture entitled Clocha na hÉireann, which was in the making for twelve months.

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The collaborative work, a wall map of Ireland, incorporates stone from the 32 counties and the work of stone masons all over Ireland (above). The sculpture is clearly visible, being located in a parking area & viewpoint, and many visitors are specifically making Glencolmcille a destination in order to see it. It will stand the test of time and is a fitting contribution to the legacy of the 1916 commemorations. The unveiling ceremony, which was held on June 18, 2016 in Glencolmcille, County Donegal, drew a crowd of 800 people despite damp conditions. The talk on local volunteer Donnchada MacNiallghuis was at full capacity, recorded for future release.

KERRY

(Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan)

(Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan)

“As down the glen one Easter morn” – Michael Leane, Conor Leane and neighbor Lori O’Connor of Coolroe, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. The Leane brothers have connections to the 1916 Rising on both maternal and paternal sides of the family. Their great-great-grandparents were Pat and Mary Plunkett from 16 Moore Street in Dublin City. It was in their house, the final headquarters of the 1916 Easter Rising, that the surrender note was written on the back of the Plunkett’s wedding photograph. Their bed linen was used to wrap a wounded James Connolly before his execution and later handed back to the family by Cumann na mBan. On the other side, their great-great-grandparents and uncles Davy “Garret” Leane, Michael “Mackey” Leane, a bomb engineer based in Waterford, and Patrick “Higgins” Leane, who was first Magistrate in Beaufort, fought bravely in the War of Independence, receiving medals for their actions, which included hiding out for five days in “Die Hards Den” in the Hags Glen.

CORK

(Photo: Conor Nelligan)

(Photo: Conor Nelligan)

MACROOM: Over 1,000 people paraded together in Macroom, County Cork, to commemorate the centenary of Easter Sunday 1916.

LONGFORD

(Photo: Michelle Ghee)

(Photo: Michelle Ghee)

Pictured at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2016 in Ballymahon, County Longford.

(Photo: Shelly Corcoran)

(Photo: Shelly Corcoran)

Enjoying the parade.

(Photo: Michelle Ghee)

(Photo: Michelle Ghee)

Kiernan’s car with Eamon Creamer. This car once belonged to Larry Kiernan, brother of Kitty Kiernan – the fiancée of Michael Collins, and would have transported Collins around the Granard area on his visits to meet Kitty.

TIPPERARY

(Photo: John Worth)

(Photo: John Worth)

Reading of Proclamation at unveiling of plaque by Durlas Eile Eliogarty Committee at St. Mary’s Garden.

(Photo: Louise Joyce)

(Photo: Louise Joyce)

Muriel MaCauley, grand-daughter of Thomas MacDonagh, with her daughter Michelle Drysdale and grandson Matthew Drysdale at the unveiling of the Thomas MacDonagh statue in Cloughjordan in May.

(Photo: Bridget Delaney)

(Photo: Bridget Delaney)

Sinead McCoole talks to students from the  Gaelscoil in  Nenagh about the Mna1916: Women 1916 exhibition in the Nenagh Civic Offices in December.

(Photo: John Worth)

(Photo: John Worth)

Parade to St. Marys Memorial Garden, Thurles.

JC_1916-4713Jed Walsh and Una de Paor standing with their portraits taken for the “1916 Descendents” project by Damian Drohan.

WEXFORD

(Photo: Patrick Browne)

(Photo: Patrick Browne)

Reenactors John Goff and Ray Murphy at Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford where the Athenaeum was officially re-opened. The Athenaeum played a highly prominent role during the 1916 Easter Rising in County Wexford, when it was occupied the Irish Volunteers in support of the Dublin Rising.

(Photo: Patrick Browne)

(Photo: Patrick Browne)

Irish Defense Forces passing by Enniscorthy Castle, in the shadow of Vinegar Hill, the location of the decisive battle of the Rebellion of 1798.

(Photo: Patrick Browne)

(Photo: Patrick Browne)

Marie and Jim Wilkinson, from the Enniscorthy Reenactment Society, during last year’s commemorations in Enniscorthy on Easter Monday, March 28, 2016.

(Photo: Patrick Browne)

(Photo: Patrick Browne)

Rosie and Emily Murphy from Enniscorthy.

(Photo: Mary Browne)

(Photo: Mary Browne)

Raising of the Patriot’s flag in Enniscorthy, April 27, 2016.

(Photo: Patrick Browne)

(Photo: Patrick Browne)

Enniscorthy reenactors are inspected by John Grey during the commemorative events.

(Photo: Patrick Browne)

(Photo: Patrick Browne)

The reading of the Proclamation in Enniscorthy, Easter Monday, 2016. ♦

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