Old Fingal I.R.A. Commemoration takes place on Easter Sunday as part of the Fingal 2016 Centenary Programme

March 16, 2016 0

The Fingal Old IRA will be holding their 2016 Centenary Commemoration ceremony on Easter Sunday, March 27th, with a ceremony in St. Patrick’s Church Donabate at 11.00 am followed by a parade to the old cemetery. One of the highlight events of the Fingal 2016 Centenary Programme, this ceremony will commemorate the Fingallians who took part in the 1916 Rising and, in particular, the Battle of Ashbourne.

fingal_old_ira_16mar16There were sixty men assembled on Easter Monday. Twenty of these men were sent into the city on the request of Patrick Pearse to fight at the Mendicity Institution and the GPO, where one life was lost (Peter Wilson). The rest were split into four groups, led by Richard Mulcahy and Thomas Ashe, who was a teacher in Corduff, Lusk. These groups adopted mobile hit and run tactics, an innovated and successful approach that was subsequently widely adopted during the war of independent by Michael Collins.

The Battle of Ashbourne involved men and women from the Fifth Battalion (the Fingal Brigade) and was one of the only military successes of the Easter Rising. Led by Thomas Ashe, the Fifth Battalion fought their way through Fingal culminating in an attack on the barracks in Ashbourne. After the barracks had surrendered, a large force of seventy RIC men arrived to reinforce the barracks and a battle ensued. Following four hours of fighting, the volunteers were successful, despite being totally outnumbered. Eight RIC men, two IRA members and two civilians lost their lives.

On Easter Sunday, Fr. Pat Hannion will celebrate the commemoration in Irish in St. Patrick’s Church Donabate. The Black Raven Pipe Band will then lead a parade from the Beaverstown Road to the Old Cemetery at 12 o’clock. After the parade there will be a number of family activities outside Donabate Parish Hall including a reading of the proclamation, a performance of the Last Post, the traditional final salute to the fallen and the rising of the Irish flag. The general public are then invited to enjoy refreshments in the Parish Hall, where the Bleeding Pig Arts and Cultural Festival will launch their exhibition and the Donabate/Portrane Dramatic Society will perform.

Noel McAllister, Chairman of Fingal Old IRA, commented “The part that Fingal played in the fight for Irish freedom is a unique story that needs to be told. This annual commemoration by the Fingal Old IRA honours the legacy of the Fifth Battalion and secures its place in the memory of future generations. In this particularly significant year, we call on families throughout Fingal to join us in commemorating the rich legacy of Fingal and the birth of the Irish State.”

For further information on the full Fingal 2016 Centenary Programme visit: www.fingal.ie or contact Paul O’Brien, secretary of Fingal Old IRA, on 086 3518927.