SINN Fein leader Gerry Adams will be in Athea this Saturday as a guest at one of the first 1916 commemorative ceremonies to take place in West Limerick. He will be attending the unveiling of a monument in honour of Con Colbert, one of the 16 men who were executed in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising.
The monument is the work of a local group, the West Limerick Monument Committee and it will be officially unveiled by Aide Colbert Lennon, the great grandniece of Con Colbert. It stands beside the community hall in Athea, which is known as Con Colbert Hall.
Con Colbert, after whom the railway station in Limerick is also named, was born in Monalena, Castlemahon in 1888 but the family moved to Galeview, Athea a few years later. Con was a pupil in the local national school. He moved to Dublin in 1903 where he lived with his older sister. He joined the Gaelic League and was a drill instructor with Na Fianna Eireann. He was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and joined the Irish Volunteers when they were formed in 1913, He was executed for his part in the Rising on May 8, 1916.
Saturday’s event begins at 4pm and members of the public are welcome to attend.