THERE was a large gathering at Clogagh near Ballinascarthy last weekend to commemorate the area’s role in 1916.
In an uplifting and inspiring centenary celebration of Ireland’s freedom, proceedings began with a concelebrated mass at 2pm in Clogagh Church.
The mass was officiated by an t-Athair Pádraig Ó Breathnach, an t-Athair Fionbarra Ó Laoighaire and an t-Athair Gearóid Ó Duinnshléibhe.
The offeratory procession included gifts of Cumann na mBan medals representing women at the time, a walking stick signifying marching and the 1916 and 2016 Proclamations.
Soprano Joanne Walsh sang Joseph Mary Plunkett’s song Grace and Jerry Calnan performed his rendition of Terence McSwiney’s Shall My Soul Pass Through Old Ireland.
Joyce Lane on bagpipes and Thomas O’Mahony with the tri-colour lead the procession from the church around the corner where the plaque was unveiled. Esther Harte raised the Volunteer flag, as the Volunteer and Cumann na mBan commemorative plaque was unveiled by Patrick Hennessy and Eugue Walsh.
A wreath was layed by Michael Walsh of Gaggin and the 1916 Proclamation was read by Barry Walsh while Clogagh NS’s 2016 proclamation was read out by Zoe Fitzpatrick, and ‘living for Ireland’ was the main theme.
Commemoration committee chairman JJ Walsh remarked it was a wonderful occasion to honour local countrymen and women who faught so hard for our freedom. The commemorative booklet, listing the Clogagh Company Volunteers and Cumann na mBan from 1915-1921, is still available and a more comprehensive record is being compiled by JJ Walsh (087 2412993) who is currently seeking contributions, or [email protected] A re-enactment march from Gaggin to Kilmurry takes place on Saturday April 23rd, meeting in Gaggin at 9.30am. To join this walk, contact JJ Walsh.