Saturday 16 December 2017

Centenary of the 'Election of Snows'

A Commemorative Weekend is being held in Boyle to mark 100 years since the election of Count George Noble Plunkett as MP for North Roscommon in a historic by-election that paved the way for Sinn Féin's electoral breakthrough in the 1918 General Election, breaking the grip that the Irish Parliamentary Party had on nationalist politics across the island.

Sinn Féin has published a programme of events for Friday 4th - Sunday 5th February in Boyle centring on the Boyle Courthouse which has recently been refurbished for the event.

It will include a re-enactment of the 1917 Count, a talk given by Honor O'Brolchain - Count Plunkett's Great-Grandaughter and grand-niece of 1916 Easter Rising leader Joseph Plunkett - songs sung by the great Bernadine Casserly of Frenchpark, a key-note address from Sinn Féin Vice-President Mary Lou McDonald and re-enactment of Count Plunkett's acceptance speech at the steps of the Courthouse followed by a torchlit procession through the town.

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