By Dan Walsh at Oulart
The annual Easter commemoration at the Mise Éire Memorial in Oulart, organised by the Oulart Hill Group, remembered the Oulart Company Volunteers with a roll-call and a short ceremony this morning. (Easter Sunday).
There was a welcome address by Chairman, John Dempsey, who introduced the special guest speaker Martina Devlin and outlined the programme for the event, which the organisers wish will become an annual event and grow in importance with each passing year.
The Mise Éire Easter address was delivered by Omagh native Martina Devlin is an author, journalist and playwright and writes a weekly current affairs column for The Irish Independent.
Ms Devlin said; “We are on the cusp of change and there are possibilities for Ireland” but favoured “evolution and not revolution” and she called for “reunion rather than unity.” She added; “Symbols matter and symbols are meant to be a unifying force and they have served us well, but we have to be open to change.”
Ms Devlin honoured the invitation from the Curator, Bridget O’Leary, to sign the distinguished visitor pages of Leabhar an Abhalloirt.
The roll-call of the Oulart Company Volunteers was read by Breda Jacob, the 1916 Proclamation was read by Bridget Mythen and the ceremony concluded with the National Anthem performed by the Oulart Folk Group.
The Mise Éire Memorial was designed by local historian and Oulart native Brian Cleary, Paudric Doyle from Bunclody created the inscriptions and the stonework was finished by Martin Codd from Rathnure. It opened on October 1st 2017.