A new monument was erected recently in the grounds of Our Lady of Consolation church at the junction of Collins Avenue and Malahide Road in Donnycarney, Dublin 5.
The plaque is dedicated to the memory of those from the area who fought for the freedom of Ireland. The project was organised by local parishioner Michael Burke and the National Graves Association with the co-operation of the parish clergy.
The unveiling ceremony took place on Saturday 6th October in front of seventy people, the majority being locals from the area. The event was chaired by Liam Ó Culbáird from the NGA’s National Committee who opened proceedings with a history of the National Graves Association.
The unveiling was performed by Michael Burke and Christy Murtagh. Fr. John Ennis from the parish blessed the plaque and recited a prayer. A lament was performed by the piper Eamonn Walsh and followed by a reading of the 1916 Easter Proclamation by Paddy Lennon of the NGA National Committee. The main oration was delivered by NGA Cathaoirleach Seán Whelan who gave an inspirational speech on why the remembrance of Ireland’s patriot dead is so important in modern Ireland.
A wreath was laid at the plaque by Michael Rowan and the proceedings were brought to a close with a rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann on the pipes.
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