Deputy Darragh O'Brien gave the graveside oration at the recent annual commemoration hosted by Fingal Old IRA Commemoration Society at Garristown. The importance of remembrance and renewal was the theme of the oration by Deputy O'Brien, who spoke both in Irish and English, he spoke of the values of decency which are the hallmark of the proclamation.
"It was a great honor for me to give the oration at the Easter Sunday Commemoration, remembering the men and women involved with the 5th Brigade." Deputy O'Brien told Balbriggan.Net particularly as his own grandfather and two great grand-uncles, Robert, Peadar and Eoghan O’Brien served with distinction in the 1916 Rising.
Successful EASTER SUNDAY Commemoration
Easter Sunday saw Garristown hosted the Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society’s Annual Commemoration. An exciting day’s program commenced with the reading of the Proclamation by Volunteer Ciaran Banville, a resident of Ashbourne on the Main Street. Ciaran was flanked by Volunteers presenting arms. Ian Daly of Swords led the Colour Party he had the honour to carried the Tricolour. Balbriggan native and Lusk resident Ernie Donnelly Rush man Robin Bollard accompanied Ian. Both men carried newly commissioned flags. One bears the crest of the Society the other represents the men who fought in the Mendicity Institute. Twelve of whom were Fingal Volunteers. Peter Wilson of Swords was shot and killed in that action.
The Colour Party lead the Black Raven Pipe band who filled the village with rousing marching music. The new flags and presentation added to the colour and vibrancy of the parade. Next came the Volunteers dressed in the image of the men of ’16 the civic dignitaries and supports followed.
Councillors O’Connor, Lavin and Butler attended along with Fingal Mayor Cllr. Mary McCamley. The Mayor addressed the large attendance, and Deputy Darragh O’Brien gave the oration. Darragh spoke of the importance of remembrance and renewal, of the values of decency which are the hallmark of the proclamation.
A wreath was laid at the grave of James Heery, a local man who served in the GPO in 1916, in symbolic recognition of all who served in the Rising those who gave service to the Fingal Volunteers in the War of independence. A piper played a lament was played. The bugler sounded the Last Post, and Revellé.
The parade then marched to the Community Centre where the National Anthem was played by the Black Raven Pipe Band. All adjourned to the centre to enjoy a cup of tea, a chat and to view the Society’s extensive photographic and memorabilia exhibition.
Society Cathaoirleach Cathal Boland spoke of the warm welcome extended by the
people of Garristown and the help afforded by locals in providing the hall and refreshments. Cathal gave a brief talk on local James Heery who not only fought in the GPO but was an actual employee of the Royal Mail and was a member of the clerical staff of the Engineering Department based in the GPO. Cathal also told how Richard Mulcahy was a member of the same engineering department. Little did either man think that by the end of the week Richard would meet James’ family. Events of the week saw Richard as second in command of the Fingal Volunteers capture the Garristown RIC Barracks. As part of the general operation, his orders were to destroy all communications. The telephone switchboard for the village was located in the Post Office. Richard knocked on the Door of the Postmaster John Heery whose son James, Richard had left in the GPO on the previous Monday. History makes strange connections and just as James was the son of a Postmaster so too was Richard Mulcahy. Both fought for a Republic and the overthrow of their employer.The Society has some further events organised for later in the year.
Gallery of Photos from Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society