Over 1,000 proudly marched from Ballinteer car-park to St Enda’s Park in remembrance

By Echo Reporter

OVER 1,000 people turned out to celebrate 1916 in Dublin South.

The Dublin South 1916 People’s Parade – organised by a community initiative Dublin South 1916 Centenary Committee – assembled at the Ballinteer church car-park for a parade along the Grange Road to St Enda’s Park.

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The family-friendly, non-political party, community event was held in conjunction with DLR County Council and facilitated by the Office of Public Works.

The commemorative ceremony at the Pearse Museum was chaired by Dublin South 1916 Centenary Committee chairperson, Brian Leeson.

Niall Oman, great-grandson of Volunteer Bob Oman who fought in 1916, read the 1916 Proclamation. 
Mise Éire was beautifully sung by local Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh pupil Abby Ní Chaomhánaigh.

Folk singer/songwriter, Evelyn Campbell performed her very own, Fenian Women’s Blues. Committee member John Flanagan recited Pearse’s poem The Mother.

Sarah-Jane Woods & the Craobh Naithí Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann delivered a great rendition of Oro Sé Do Bheatha Bhaile.

This was followed by the laying of wreaths at the bust of Pearse’s head by Linda Devereux, a relative of Patrick Doyle, who was killed in Clanwilliam House in the Battle of Mount Street Bridge on Easter Week, committee member Kareem Muhssin on behalf of the Dublin South 1916 Centenary Committee, and Seán McLoughlin, relative of Elizabeth ‘Nurse’ O’Farrell.

Niall Oman took on the role of lowering the flag. In the meantime a minute’s silence was held in memory of all the men and women who took on the might of the British Empire, Easter Week, 1916.

The piper then played Amhrán na bhFiann, at this point the crowd had joined in to conclude what was a hugely successful community event.

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