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Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society holds convention


Members of the Old IRA Commemorative Society at the premiere of 'Who Shot Sergeant Kirwan' in Ballyboughal.

Members of the Old IRA Commemorative Society at the premiere of 'Who Shot Sergeant Kirwan' in Ballyboughal.

Members of the Old IRA Commemorative Society at the premiere of 'Who Shot Sergeant Kirwan' in Ballyboughal.


The Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society held their convention recently in the parish hall in the Naul.

The chairman of the society Paul O Brien said he was delighted to be able to have the event take place, this year.

It was the society’s 77th Convention and it went very well, according to Mr O’Brien.

Pat Nugent organised the hall and Covid-19 procedures were in place for the event.

The chairman opened the meeting and welcomed the members and went on to say that despite the pandemic, the society has had two very busy years with six events last year and six so far this year.

The first event this year took place at Clonalvy Cemetery Co Meath to honour two volunteers from Meath, Thomas Murphy and James J Kelly.

The Second event took place at Moortown camp just opposite the Wrens Nest lane. This was a special occasion as it marked the centenary of the signing of the Treaty and the end of the War of Independence.

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On the day, the society honoured Sean Menton for fifty years service in the society and also the Smith family and Bollard family were honoured for their relations who setup the Army camp in Moortown .

The third event took place in Ballyboughal and was the organisation’s 1798 commemoration, organised by Seán McPhilibín and former Fingal councillor, David O’Connor.

The fourth event took place with the help of Fingal County council and Creative Ireland who supported the creation of a documentary film premiered in Ballyboughal called, ‘Who Shot Sergeant Kerwan?’

Directed by society member and local Councillor Cathal Boland and produced and edited by Eric Campbell, the film detailed a dark event in the village’s history.

The fifth event took place in Ashbourne as the annual Battle of Ashbourne remembrance was made.

Finally, at Loughsallagh Cemetery, the society honoured General Seán Boylan.

The election of the new committee also took place at the convention.

The election was chaired by local Balbriggan Councillor Grainne Maguire and the new committee elected are made up President Noel McAllister, Vice President Brian Lally ,, Chairman Paul O’Brien, Vice Chairman Lar Daly, Secretary Aileen Caffrey, Assistant Secretary Ian Daly, Treasurer Cathal Boland, and Assistant Treasurer Eugene White.

Parade commanders and members of the colour part were also elected, as was an events team and a PR team.

Paul O’Brien said it was a great honour to be elected chairman once again and thanked everyone who attended for all the hard work and support that was given to the him and the society.

The chairman said that the next event for the society will take place in Kettles Country House Hotel and will be another showing of Who Shot Sergeant Kerwan, on Thursday night, November 25 at 8pm.

Covid-19 procedures will be in place on the night and the event is limited and tickets are available for a €5 donation.