“As we move towards the centenary of the 1916 rising, it’s important that we reflect and acknowledge what an incredibly important turning point this event was in Irish history. It’s important that everyone has a chance to remember what happened and from where our modern state came. No one group has a monopoly on the memory of great patriots like Michael O’ Hanrahan and that’s why the organisers of this event would invite everyone, young and old, regardless of political beliefs, to take part in the first annual Michael O’ Hanrahan Weekend.”
Full details of the Michael O’ Hanrahan Weekend can be found online at Ohanharan.org.
Friday 4th October:
- Table Quiz, The Rag, Conduit Lane (between Post Office and The Tholsel), @ 9pm;
Saturday 5th October:
- Picnic in Pearse Park; (between Garda Station/Co-op and Topaz/Lidl) free face-painting, informal music session, @ 12 noon;
- Wreath laying ceremony, New Ross Quayfront & O’Hanrahan Bridge, @ 2:30pm;
- Memorial Lectures, 13 South Street (upstairs hall, O’Briens/Spiders) @ 4pm
- Refreshments served @ 3pm;
- Fionntáin Ó Suilleabháin: “Michael Hanrahan and the Irish Revolution”. Fionntán is on committee of North Wexford Historical Society; author of 1798 book “Towards The Mountains of Liberty”, & booklet “Celebrating 100 years of Sinn Féin in Co. Wexford” (2005);
- Anthony Coughlan: Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Social Policy at Trinity College, Dublin, will speak on the Republican legacy and sovereignty. He is also Secretary of National Platform EU Research & Information Centre, and successful Supreme Court litigant in “Coughlan Case” resulting in a more balanced RTE coverage on referenda campaigns.
- Geraldine O’Connell Cusack: author of Children of the Far Flung, will speak on her latest historical novel set in Chile – The Limit of Words and Silence, and how it relates to Ireland’s struggles.
- Musical Function & Evening Entertainment, Bolg Buí, Mary Street @ 6pm onwards