1916 Commemoration 30/05/2016
- Published: 30 May 2016
With some of the revisionist mentality which seemed to be in vogue in recent years, the concern was that the centenary of the 1916 Rising would not be duly recognised and that fitting tribute might not be paid to the men and women who have served the cause of Irish freedom. Thankfully the people of Ireland had their say and almost every parish in Ireland has held commemorative events. On Monday 6th of June the people of Tallow and surronding areas have the opportunity to play their part. We honour the patriots who had the vision and courage to take a stand against foreign rule and make no aplology for it. We are fortunate to live in changed times, a time of peace and reconciliation, but we should never forget those who suffered and in some cases paid the ultimate price that we might be free.
One of the many positive outcomes of the widespread exposure that the 1916 Centenary Commemorations have received is that our young people now have a greater appreciation of and pride in their history. For too long they have been deprived of this - you might even say disinherited. We are proud of our country, proud of our history and unashamedly celebrate our Gaelic culture, heritage and tradition.
Our Commemoration day gets underway at 1.45pm at Tallow Church Graveyard:
- Laying of a wreath at the grave of Arthur Mulcahy
- Reading of the proclamination (at the monument opposite the church) Songs from Scoil Mhuire school choir.
- Parade to Tallow Bridge led by Thomas Kent Pipe Band, Fermoy.
- 3.00pm Unveiling of monument at Tallow Bridge by Liam O'Brien, Grandnephew of patriot Thomas Kent, Oration: UCC Historian Gabriel Doherty. Tenor Frank Ryan will perform.
This is an inclusive day and we would encourage all families, clubs, organisations and individuals not just to attend but to take part in the parade. It is a fairly comprehensive schedule of events involving seperate locations, so we will be endeavouring to keep to the time frame laid out. We would urge people to turn up on time.