Wednesday 16 January 2019

Ballindaggin to remember their most famous son - Seamus Rafter

The stage is set for a major commemoration for the Irish Patriot Seamus Rafter in his native Ballindaggin. A leading figure in the cultural and political landscape of Co Wexford in the early 20th century, Rafter was a founding member of the Gaelic League in his adopted town of Enniscorthy and was also one of the inspirational leaders of the 1916 Rising there.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, locals will march from Ballindaggin Hall, led by the Ballindaggin Pipe Band, to the grave of Seamus Rafter for a special wreath laying ceremony on the 100th anniversary of his untimely death. This event will be attended by young and old and all are welcome to attend.

On Saturday, September 15, at 8 p.m. there will be a celebration of local traditional music in honour of Seamus at Ballindaggin Hall. This will feature the very best of our young and old and will include performances from Padraig and Brigid Sinnott, Ann Dreelan, Aileen Lambert, Deirdre Jordan, James Jordan, Helena Dunbar, John Furlong, Paul O'Reilly, Niall Wall, Tom Murphy, Jj O Connor, Nellie Fortune, Éire Ní Fhaoláin, Chulainn Ó Faoláin, Ferns Comhaltas, Damhsóirí na Dubhtíre.

Admission to the concert is just €8 for adults and children are free. All money raised will be donated to the Ballindaggin Community Park. Among those looking forward to attending the events is Seamus Rafter's nephew, also called Seamus Rafter, who is delighted to see his late uncle remembered for his contribution to Irish freedom.

For further information on the events please contact Michael Fortune or Aileen Lambert on 087 6470247/087 7552593.

Enniscorthy Guardian