Kilmuckridge holds a 1916 weekend
The people of Kilmuckridge gathered last week to remember 1916 in their own special way. Various local groups got together to organise a series of events over the long weekend.
The local Tidy Towns Group, with the help of a grant from Wexford County Council, unveiled a stone in memory of the people from the area who fought in the 1916 Rising. A dedication ceremony was held at the green area at the entrance to Greenwood Avenue where the stone is located.
Also beside the stone is a flag pole and a marble reproduction of the Proclamation, which was sourced by Pat Rath, with the support of Wexford County Council. Pat said that it will be set at a 30 degree angle, to make it easier to read. 'We were delighted to get it,' he said.
During the ceremony, the stone was unveiled by Cllr Mary Farrell; a wreath was laid at the stone by Ned Kavanagh and his daughter Aoife; Pat Rath gave a stirring speech remembering those from the area who took part in the Rising; and those present sang the National Anthem led by Gerry Murray. Seamus Furlong was given the honour of raising the flag.
A coffee and social evening was held later in the evening in the Family Resource Centre. The weekend saw a display of entries in the photographic competition in the KMH, and a 1916 exhibition held by Mary Atkins in The Photo Shop. 'The entire weekend was a group effort, and everyone worked together to make it a success,' said Aideen Hayes of Kilmuckridge Tidy Towns.