‘A fitting and lasting legacy’: Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Liam Galvin, on the memorial garden opening this weekend, marking the anniversary of the 1916 Rising
THE culmination of the 1916 centenary celebrations will come to a head this Sunday, when a series of events will mark the anniversary of the start of the Rising.
Limerick City and County Council plans to open four memorial gardens in memory of the seminal event in Irish history, beginning with a garden at Merchant’s Quay this Sunday morning at 11am.
This will be followed by a wreath laying at the main 1916 monument on Sarsfield Bridge at 11.30am, with the bridge closed to vehicular traffic from 11.15am to midday to facilitate the ceremony.
A memorial garden will later be opened at Kilmallock courthouse at 3.30pm and at Newcastle West tax office and Rathkeale library grounds on Monday.
Mayor of the Limerick City and County, Cllr Liam Galvin, said the Rising, which took place 100 years ago this weekend, “changed Ireland forever".
“With these Memorial Gardens we are creating both a fitting and lasting legacy to an event in Irish history that shapes us to this day," he added.
A series of events have been taking place locally – both council and community led – to commemorate the Rising in recent weeks, largely concentrated around Easter.
Local connections with the Rising are strong, with two of the 16 leaders executed after it Limerick men, namely Con Colbert and Edward Daly, while Eamonn De Valera was raised in Bruree.
Kathleen Clarke – nee Daly – was a founding member of Cumann na mBan and she set up the Prisoners’ Dependants Fund immediately after the Rising, while Dr Richard Hayes also saw action with Thomas Ashe at Ashbourne, Co. Meath and was arrested and imprisoned in England.
The local authority’s programme of commemoration has been led by 1916 Co-ordinator Damien Brady and is the outcome of consultations with interested local groups, organisations and individuals who were invited to participate in the planning and implementation of events and initiatives during 2016. See www.ireland.ie for more.