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Monday 22 October 2018

Kilmuckridge holds a 1916 weekend

Aoife Kavanagh, Sinead O'Leary and Nicole Kirwan, at the memorial stone unveiling in Kilmuckridge
Aoife Kavanagh, Sinead O'Leary and Nicole Kirwan, at the memorial stone unveiling in Kilmuckridge
Cllr. Mary Farrell, Ned Kavanagh, Aoife Kavanagh, Cllr. Fionntán Ó'Suilleabháin, Pat Rath, Gerry Murphy, John Hearne, Iris Menamin, Samantha Paya, and Aideen Hayes

Fintan Lambe

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.

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