FIANNA Fail TD, Eamon O’Cuiv, took a trip back to the village where his grandfather, Eamon de Valera, grew up and visited the museum named in his honour.
During his visit, Deputy O’Cuiv spoke of how his grandfather grew up in a cottage just outside the village which is now also open to the public.
While visiting the de Valera museum and Bruree Heritage centre in Bruree, Deputy O’Cuiv met with locals and recalled stories he was told about the village. The staff at the centre are funded under FAS and TUS. The TUS scheme was initiated by Eamon O’Cuiv while Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and is administered in the area by Ballyhoura Development. Present to meet him were Liam Donegan and Mike Ryan, TUS supervisors.
“It was a special occasion for the village and in the future with the Gathering and with the anniversaries of 1916 and 1922 we are hoping to promote the museum more strongly. Ballyhoura Development and Tus will be behind this,” said Liam Donegan, Tús Supervisor, Ballyhoura Development Ltd.
Mr O’Cuiv spent almost two hours at the centre, viewing the exhibition and regaling everyone with stories of his grandfather and his memories of the man. He recalled de Valera, the family man and typical grandfather, as he had known him. He also spoke of visiting the president at Aras an Uachtarain and of the dignitaries he had met while there. Before he left, Deputy O’Cuiv expressed the hope that both the de Valera house and the de Valera Museum and Bruree Heritage Centre would attract more visitors over the coming years.