By Dan Walsh
The centenary of the Truce in the War of Independence was commemorated in a brief, but dignified ceremony held in the Orchard Peace Park at the Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy today.
Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council, Cllr Cathal Byrne said; “During the two and a half years of the War of Independence more than 2,000 people lost their lives. To day we remember them and the people who experienced hardship and sacrifice during that time. We reflect on these events and remember our relatives, the stories of their experiences and those who went before us.
“This day 100 years ago was a day of hope for people across Enniscorthy and County Wexford and we look forward – after a difficult period of 18 months – with renewed hope for the future,” concluded Cllr Byrne.
Inclement weather shortened the programme of events and there was a short historical narrative from Barry Lacey, the newly appointed Historian-in-Residence at the Wexford County Public Library Services.
Cllr Byrne unveiled a memorial bench commemorating the centenary of the Truce in the War of Independence (January 21st 1919 – July 11th 1921). Members of Enniscorthy Historical Re-Enactment Group provided a guard of honour.
The attendance included Minister James Browne, Deputy Paul Kehoe, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, and Cllrs Kathleen Codd, Jackser Owens and John O’Rourke. Apologies were read on behalf of Johnny Mythen TD and Cllr Aidan Browne.
Acting Director of Services Carolyne Godkin, Mary Clince and Bernie Quigley from Enniscorthy Municipal District Council staff and Moira O’Gorman, National 1798 Rebellion Centre and Enniscorthy Castle, were active in organising this important historical event.