Monday 16 September 2019

Remembered: Collins and Griffith are honoured

Family pride: Geraldine Dalton, Michael Collins’s great grandniece, and son Joseph with the Sliabh na mBan armoured car. Photo: Iain White/Fennell Photography
Family pride: Geraldine Dalton, Michael Collins’s great grandniece, and son Joseph with the Sliabh na mBan armoured car. Photo: Iain White/Fennell Photography

Aoife Moore

Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith were remembered at their annual commemoration at Glasnevin Cemetery.

The 97th annual commemoration was led by Culture Minister Josepha Madigan, chairman of the Collins/Griffith Commemoration Society William Lavelle, and chairman of the Glasnevin Trust John Green.

One of the oldest commemorations in the State saw the raising of the national flag at the Sigerson Monument by the Defence Forces, and a wreath-laying ceremony at the graves of General Michael Collins, Arthur Griffith and Eamonn Duggan.

The annual oration at Collins's graveside was given by journalist Justine McCarthy, who used her speech to talk about the "new Ireland".

She asked what the two men would say about people sleeping in the streets, the "hospitals straining at near-breaking point" and "the communities plagued by violent gangs".

Ms McCarthy also noted the absence of women's contributions in recorded Irish history and the wider running of the State.

She noted that today 78pc of Ireland's TDs are men, and there is not one female member of the joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs as the country faces down Brexit.

Irish Independent

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