PATRICK Sarsfield, the heroic defender of Limerick, should be at the centre of The Gathering believes the chairman of Knockane GAA Club.
Larry Creamer, of the club situated around Sarsfield’s Rock, said Sarsfield is the most iconic historical figure in Limerick county and city.
A figure of Patrick Sarsfield is on the coat of arms of County Limerick. There is also Sarsfield Bridge, Street and Barracks.
During the Siege of Limerick in 1690 Sarsfield became prominent as a leader. On August 12, 1690 in Ballyneety, Pallasgreen, Sarsfield with the pick of the Irish cavalry succeeded in invading the English camps and destroying the siege train bound for Limerick.
The daring feat together with his generosity earned him a special place in Limerick hearts. When the cause of King James was ruined in Ireland, Sarsfield arranged the Treaty of Limerick
On July 29, 2013 it will be 320 years since Sarsfield was mortally wounded in the battle of Lauden in Belgium. He was buried in the grounds of St Martin’s Church in a town called Huy.
“We have failed to properly recognise this and failed to use such an important connection with Huy for the benefit of Limerick and its people.
“How fitting would it be now in the year of The Gathering for Limerick’s newly amalgamated council to culturally baptise the body by formally inviting the Mayor of Huy, Alexis Houisaux, and his entourage, to Limerick with a view to establishing a proper and long overdue relationship with his town. Huy has such symbolic ties to us,” said Mr Creamer.
“I believe that every avenue should now, despite time restraints, be fully investigated by the relevant authorities and its elected members to ensure that some substantial events would be in place on the 320th anniversary of that fateful day in 1963 when Limerick and Ireland lost one of its greatest ever soldiers and leaders,” said Mr Creamer.
He says it is a golden opportunity to portray the very positive aspects of Limerick to a national and international audience,
They intend to mark the occasion in Knockane GAA Club in the parish of Pallasgreen/Templebraden and would be willing partners in any Sarsfield initiative.