Wednesday 22 May 2019

Fingal society commemorates Thomas Ashe's great Battle of Ashbourne

Speaking recently at the Fingal Old IRA 1916-21 Commemorative Society Annual Remembrance at Rath Cross the site of the Battle of Ashbourne, FF Senator Mark Daly spoke of his pride at having the opportunity address the Commemoration at Rath Cross which recalls Thomas Ashe, a fellow Kerry man who lead the Fingal Volunteers at the Battle of Ashbourne.

The Senator said: 'This gathering is here to celebrate the life and legacy of Thomas Ashe. To reaffirm and recommit ourselves to the aims and ideals for which he fought, the ideals as contained in the 1916 proclamation".

He spoke of the motivation for Thomas Ashe and his men, in taking on the biggest empire the world had ever seen. Mark Daly used the words of Ashe's cousin Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in 'To Kill a Mocking Bird': 'If I didn't I could not hold my head up".

Senator Daly set out how a united Ireland might be achieved post-Brexit, saying: 'You do not hold a referendum and afterwards plan for the future and only afterwards tell people what that future will be like. A referendum should be held at the very end of a long process of consultation and engagement, especially with our unionist neighbours.'

The Cathaoirleach of the Society Councillor Cathal Boland thanked the Senator and thanked all those who attended. He spoke of the importance of remembering the past so we chart our future.

Fingal Independent