Mayor honours Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society

December 18, 2016 0

The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Darragh Butler, has made a special presentation to the Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society to mark their contribution to the centenary celebrations of the Easter 1916 Rising. Members of the Society, along with representatives of the Bremore Castle Local Training Initiative, attended the presentation which took place in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Swords, after the Council’s December meeting.

“During 2016, the Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society has been a leading light in Fingal’s commemorations, participating in a large number of events, the highlight of which was their participation in ceremonies on Easter Sunday as well as their work in raising the profile of the Fingal Battalion, its leader Thomas Ashe and the Battle of Ashbourne,” said the Mayor.

The Mayor also paid tribute to the staff and trainees from the Bremore Castle Local Training Initiative in Balbriggan for the significant part they played in restoring the existing monument at Rath Cross in Ashbourne and completing the long outstanding works, especially relating to the sculptures and detailed stone engraving.

Councillors in attendance included Cllr David O’Connor, Cllr Anne Devitt, Cllr Brian Dennehy, Cllr Joe Newman, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, Cllr Adrian Henchey, Cllr Anthony Lavin and Cllr Paul Mulville and several of them also paid tribute to the work done during the year by the Society as did the Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid.

“They really helped us to tell the story of Fingal and Thomas Ashe in particular,” said Mr Reid. “It was a story that many were not fully aware of but there is certainly much more awareness now both within the county and beyond and we look forward to working with them as we celebrate the centenary of other events which occurred between 1917 and 1922.”

Accepting the Award on behalf of the Society, its chairman, Noel McAllister, thanked the Mayor, his predecessor, Cllr David O’Connor, and Fingal County Council for their support.

“It is a great story and was the only successful engagement of the Rising. Next year is the 100th anniversary of the death of Thomas Ashe and we will continue our work to have him recognised as nationally as a leader of the 1916 Rising,” said Mr McAllister, who also paid tribute to the members of the Society for their work over the last few years.