A 1916 Garden of Remembrance was officially opened in Inchigeela recently.
Members of the Clonakilty Historical Society, including descendants of the Lyre Volunteers, came to the village to view the 1916 plaque where they were welcomed by Joe Creedon. Fr Martin O’Driscoll recited a decade of the Rosary in Irish and then, led by piper Donal O Ceilleachair, the large group marched east the village to the Garden site across from Lee Valley.
Adrian O’Dea, Sam Pickering and Mark Vaughan from Kilbarry NS shared their version of the Children’s Proclamation, followed by a ceremonial planting of seven silver birches to honour the memory of the signatories of the Proclamation.
Maura Kiely nee Moynihan, planted a tree in memory of three local volunteers ¬– Michael O’Sullivan, Glebe; Ted Quinlan, Inchigeela and Tim O’Leary, Tirnaspideoga. Jack O’Leary planted a tree in memory of James Mead who was shot during the War of Independence and Karl Horgan planted a tree in memory of his great great grandfather, Sgt Daniel Maunsell RIC, who was killed during the War of Independence.
Mary Casey, Chrissie Murphy and Peggy Cronin planted a tree in memory of local undertaker Paddy Casey who made the coffins for those killed at Kilmichael and Tadgh MacSweeney, ex-principal of Inchigeela NS and a link with the 1966 commemorations also planted a tree and Seamus Knight, Inchigeela NS and Jess Murphy Kilbarry NS planted a tree each representing the future.