20 Aug 2022

1916 legacy remembered and renewed at Glenquin Castle

1916-2016:  A legacy remembered and renewed 

1916 legacy remembered and renewed at Glenquin Castle

Emma Spain speaking at the Memorial Gardens at the Local Area Offices in Newcastle West as part of the centenary celebrations

MARKING the centenary of the 1916 Rising went into top gear at the weekend when over 2000 people gathered at Glenquin Castle.

And to the great delight of organiser, Ger Greaney, over 800 people turned out to march in Footsteps to Freedom in a reenactment of the mustering of Irish Volunteers on Easter Sunday 1916.

“It was way, way beyond our expectations,” Mr Greaney said. “It was unbelievable.”

The names of all the 823 men and women who walked to Glenquin from some 16 locations around West Limerick have now been recorded for posterity, he added.

He was also gleeful that the organising team was able to feed the thousands who turned up. And it wasn’t just tea and biscuits, he pointed out.

Meanwhile, Sunday and Monday also saw the official opening of  four Memorial Gardens in the offices of Limerick City and County Council at Merchant’s Quay, Limerick and in Newcastle West, Kilmallock and Rathkeale.

The Memorial Gardens were conceived as a central element of the council’s 2016 Centenary Programme and as legacy projects.

Officially opening the gardens, Mayor Liam Galvin said, they now belonged to the people of Limerick, city and county, and to our friends and families overseas.   And he urged people to remember our history with pride.  

To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.