Sunday 10th July Special 1916 Commemoration
This year we are planning special 1916 commemoration events as part of the Inniskeen Road Festival. These events will be themed to focus on political events of that time which had a lasting impression locally and nationally.
In November 1915 Padraig Pearse was invited to Carrickmacross to a commemoration of the Manchester-Martyrs. He was invited to Inniskeen by Fr. Bernard Maguire, P.P., and Bernard O’Rourke, J.P. He stayed the night in O’Rourke’s. In 1915 three young local men, Donnelly, Ross and Quinn were imprisoned in Armagh jail for alleged incitement to riot. When the train bringing them home stopped at Inniskeen they were warmly welcomed and O’Rourke drove them in triumph to Carrickmacross.
A re-enactment recounting the imprisonment of three local men, Donnelly, Ross and Quinn in Armagh jail for alleged incitement to riot. This was done when Bernard as delayed getting to court and they were sentenced in his absence. He resigned immediately. Following their release, on their arrival at Inniskeen train station they were warmly welcomed and Bernard O’Rourke drove them in triumph to Carrickmacross.
Donnelly, Ross and Quinn were an example of the biased justice system. Their release in March 1916 weeks before the Rising was the catalyst which steeled the determination of the people to resist conscription and be led by Pearse’s ideals.
Readings & Recitals:
A reading of Pearse’s speech on the Manchester Martyrs which he delivered in Carrickmacross in November 2015.
The Proclamation will be read by students from the two local schools Poetry readings from the work of the signatories of the Proclamation – Padraig Pearse, Joseph Mary Plunkett, Thomas McDonagh.
Songs and Airs will be interspersed throughout the re-enactments. Songs will include: Who fears to speak of 98 written by John Kells Ingram. A Nation once again by Thomas Davis. The Culfhionn, My Lagan Love and Brian Boru’s March, The Foggy Dew and The Dawning of the Day. We have two distinguished pipers in Inniskeen, Patrick Martin Senior and Junior. Both have performed in the National Concert Hall.
The Comhaltas Ceoltoiri branches are both on board.he Inniskeen Road July Evening Festival is an outdoor event held annually in mid –July. It appeals to a wide range of interests. It attracts visitors from all over Ireland and overseas and has a huge local following.