Tuesday, 24 January 2017

County Cork Communities Made 1916 Commemorations the biggest and Best

Unlike the controversy about how many attended the Trump inauguration last week there was no doubt that as almost three hundred people packed Cork County Hall last night to celebrate the efforts of all those involved in the 1916 Centenary  Commemorations all around Cork County that this was one of the biggest crowds ever at the venue.
They came from all over the County from Mitchelstown to Beara and from Ballymacoda to Lismire to reflect on what was a great year for the County Cork with events being organised by over two hundred community groups.
Councillor Frank O Flynn speaking at the event

Pictured at the 1916 Commemoration Event were Andreas Moynihan TD Conor Nelligan Co-Ordinator and Seamus Forde Muintir na Tire

In essence once again communities were mobilised to take on the huge task of organising events during the year and boy did they do it in style. They were backed enthusiastically in their efforts by Cork County Council including CEO Tim Lucey, County Mayors John Paul O'Shea and Seamus Mc Grath and all the Councillors. The Council set up an all party 1916 Commemorative Committee led by Councillor Frank O Flynn who worked tirelessly to make the year so special for everyone. The main Co-ordinator was the very able Conor Nelligan who received a standing ovation last night for his commitment to the project. In fact many sections of the council came on board to help during the year.
The night itself included some appropriate music, poetry and song and all participating Groups were awarded a beautiful certificate to thank them for their input to the commemorations.

Each group also received a copy of a beautiful Illustrated Centenary Book produced to mark the events that took place during the year. This book lists and photographs of all the events that took place during the year.
Commemoration Book

Well done to all involved

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