Fingal Old IRA Changing of the Guard

November 6, 2017 0

Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society had another busy weekend. They paraded from Naul Village lead by a young piper Ainé Gaffney to the Community Hall for their Annual Convention. Among those in attendance were local Councillors Graínne Maguire and David O’Connor and former Cllr May McKeon Balbriggan.

fingal_old_iraAfter seventeen years at the helm Donabate man Noel McAllister stepped down as Chairman. Full-some tributes were paid recognising the very considerable contribution which he made over the past forty years. Particular tributes were paid to him for the huge success of the Society during the 1916 Commemorations.

Noel will continue to play an important part in the affairs of the Society as he was unanimously elected as President in succession to Lougshinny resident Richard Hurley who was appointed Hon. Life President recognizing the enormous contribution made by him over his long service.

Former Fingal Mayor Cathal Boland was elected to the Chair for the coming year. Cathal set out an ambitious program of action and events. He said “To survive the Society needs to connect with young people communicating with them through the mediums they use. The Society needs to look at itself and its relevance in the context of modern Ireland”

The Convention was preceded by Pat Nugent’s excellent photographic exhibition which was on display to the public throughout the morning.

The Society will hold a special commemoration on Sunday the 3rd December at the grave of Volunteer Joseph Norton after 11.00am mass. Joseph was one of the twenty Fingal Volunteers who under the Command of Richard Coleman were dispatched to relieve the Dublin Garrison on Easter Tuesday. Joseph witnessed the shooting dead of his cousin Peter Wilson as the garrison surrendered. Joseph was court-martialled sentenced to death this was commuted to three years in prison. Joseph regained his freedom under the general release of June 1917. Unfortunately he had falling into poor heath while in prison and died in November of that year.