THE Independence Museum in Kilmurry will, on April 23rd, commemorate a very special event in the history of the area.
On Easter Sunday 1916, in response to Eoin McNeill’s order, the Volunteers mobilised at Sheare’s Street in Cork city and took the train to Crookstown station. From there they marched to Beal na Blath and joined more Volunteers already assembled there who had marched from Kilbrittain, Ballinhassig, and other local areas. The combined columns marched to Kilmurry en route to their final rendezvous in Carriganima where they were scheduled to meet Volunteers from Kerry with weapons and ammunition from the ship Aud due in to arrive in Fenit, Co Kerry.
The Kilmurry museum plans to commemorate this historic event in the village on Saturday April 23rd.
Cumann Seanchais na Banndan, accompanied by Bandon Walking Club, will lead a re-enactment march from Bandon to Kilmurry, via Beal na Blath, re-tracing the original footsteps of the volunteers.
Arriving at 2.30 pm, the marchers will then proceed to Kilmurry, where visitors are invited to join in. Participants in period dress will be especially welcomed.
The plan is then: 3.30pm – marchers will assemble top of Kilmurry; 4pm – the Proclamation and a military re-enactment will take place; 4.30 pm – unveiling of a plaque commemorating this historic event.
Musical entertainment will continue for the afternoon in a marquee in the car park, including music and dance from Newcestown Comhaltas, local choirs and solo performers.
Tea and refreshments will be available for all in the new museum. Even though the presentation is not yet fully complete, and the museum has not been officially opened, a guided tour will be provided.