Tipperary Ógra Fianna Fáil

by Con McGrath

The 10th Annual Commemoration of the Easter Rising of 1916 took place recently outside the Town Hall, Templemore, on Easter Sunday 5th April.  The occasion was well attended.  Ger Fogarty acted as MC for the event.

The event began with the laying of a wreath by Arthur Griffin, Vice-President of Fianna Fáil.

During his oration, Mr John Connors, historian from Borrisoleigh, discussed the circumstances leading up to the Rising; the Tipperary connection regarding Michael Callaghan and the circumstances of Séamus Robinson coming to Tipperary and the events that followed because of that.  John also spoke about the motivation and ideals, (often diametrically opposite) of the leaders, and how these ideals fitted into today’s Ireland.

Tim Maher presenting John Connors with a token of appreciationIn token of appreciation for John’s informative and excellent oration on the day, Tim Maher presented Mr Connors with a token of appreciation.

Also on the day, Tom Stamp recited part of Padraig Pearse’s famous speech at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa, the 100th anniversary of which occurs this August; and local poet Marian Quinlan Curtin of Templetuohy recited a newly commissioned poem.

A very special thanks is extended to all who attended and participated.

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