By Dan Walsh at Enniscorthy
Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council Cllr Aidan Browne recalled the local events of the Easter Rising of 1916 and laid a wreath at the ’98 memorial during the annual commemoration in Market Square this morning.
Cllr Browne said it was an honour to preside at the 107th anniversary of the Easter Rising. “Today we remember the people who believed in the republican cause and influenced events that saw the Tricolour flying over Enniscorthy for a week. As we gather to remember the events of the past it is fitting to recall the events that took place in these streets 107 years ago this week,” said Cllr Browne.
Outlining the sequence of events, Cllr Browne recalled that the 1916 Rebellion in Enniscorthy began at 4am on Thursday of Easter week. The first headquarters was based in Irish Street and Keegan’s house was the base for 90 men who marched to the Athenaeum.
The attendance included Minister James Browne, Deputy Paul Kehoe, Senator Malcolm Byrne, Cllrs Barbara-Anne Murphy, Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Cathal Byrne, Jackser Owens, Ger Carthy and John Fleming
The ceremony began with Mass in St. Aidan’s Cathedral and an FCA Colour Party led the parade up Main Street, across Pig Market Hill, down Weafer Street into Market Square where Claire Lawless, District Manager, acted as master of ceremonies.
The event was attended by Ballindaggin Pipe Band, IUNVA Post No. 3 – Gorey and IUNVA Post No. 31 – Enniscorthy, members of O.N.E and members of Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society. Judy Heffernan read the 1916 Proclamation and Anthony Nolan played The Last Post.