The Easter Commemoration of the West Waterford Old IRA Brigade will take place on Easter Sunday next at Fourmilewater Church, Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford.
The event was last staged in this area in 2009 and before that in 2003. Coincidently, the golden anniversary was also staged in the area in 1966.
This event will mark the 99th anniversary since the Rising of 1916. The day will commence with a march behind the Flag Party and Youghal Pipe Band from below the school to the church grounds. A guest speaker will be on hand as will local musicians and singers to exhibit our native culture.
Wreaths will be placed near the graveyard to commemorate all those, of every generation, who lost their lives for the cause of Irish freedom. A minute’s silence will be observed in their honour.
Chairman for the day will be local Councillor Michael J. O’Ryan who is sure to outline the local involvement during the 1916-1923 period including a Republican Army Council and Republican cabinet meeting at John Wall’s Cottage, Knockanaffrin in the Nire Valley in 1923 shortly prior to the death of General Liam Lynch in Crohan West on the slopes of the nearby Knockmealdown Mountains.
Present at this meeting were Eamon de Valera, Liam Lynch, Bill Quirke, Tom Derrig, Austin Stack, Sean Dowling, Frank Aiken, Tom Barry, Humphrey Murphy, Seán Hyde, Sean McSwiney and Tom Crofts.
A lasting monument to this event now lies at Knockaun in the Nire Valley adjacent to the Steel Bridge crossing the Nire River. Furthermore on the day, a bugler will sound the Last Post, while the Youghal Pipe band who has been attending the event since the 1920s will conclude the event with Amhrán na bhFiann.
Following this, refreshments will be served at Ballymacarbry Community Centre where the customary raffle will take place and more music will be provided to entertain the public. All are welcome to attend. Congregating will commence at 2:30pm from beneath Ballymacarbry N.S.