1916 Commemoration Day.
Sunday 10th April 2016
Dún Bleisce Historical and Literary Society,
Co Limerick

Clár an Lae - Click here to download the days programme.

It is proposed to hold a commemoration for some of the events of 1916 in Doon on Sunday the 10th of April 2016 - We would like to invite everyone from home or abroad to come and be part of the big day. It would be be greatly appreciated if anyone has any memorabilia, old photographs, medals, uniforms etc which could be put on display. Any and all suggestions to DoonPhotoBook@gmail.com

Memorabilia from World War 1 or even just artifacts from the time are all welcome. The day is intended as a way of remembering all citizens from the time and not just republicans. More of our people fought in WW1 than in the Rising, and many more were pacifists who supported the "Home Rule", movement. All of our ancestors contributed to making our Country what it is today and all should be remembered.

This Commemoration Day will include / (Subject to change)

Village Display.
A local furniture maker, Con Horrigan will create lifesized plywood images of the seven signatories, Padraig Pearse, James Connolly, Thomas Clarke, Thomas McDonagh, Sean MacDermott, Joseph Plunkett and Eamon Ceannt, together with a member of Cumann na mBan, and a volunteer, representing a cross section of those actively involved in the Rising. These will then be painted in uniform by local artist, Mike Holmes and will be displayed in a green area within the village, known as “The Hill” in the preceding weeks, so should be visually impressive in the build up to the commemorations. It is envisaged that this will play a pivotal role in advertising and promoting the event and in this regard should receive considerable media attention.

Parade through the Village.
The commemoration will commence at 2pm on Sunday 10th April with a parade through the village which will be led by the Charles J Kickham Brass and Reed Band from Tipperary Town.

1916 Proclamation Flagpole-Raising of the three flags of the Rising.
The tricolor, the flag of the Irish Republic and the Irish Citizen Army Flag will be raised on “The Hill”. The elevated position of The Hill is the ideal location within the village.

Unveiling of Commemorative Plaque.
The 32 inch high plaque will contain the wording of the 1916 proclamation inscribed in black
marble which will be set in stone and located in “The Hill”.

Reinactment and Recital.
Our local primary and secondary school will be involved in the commemoration. Our schools are accomplished musically, with a range of instruments including harps and fiddles, which would be particularly fitting for such an historical commemoration. They have also received national awards in acting. At this juncture there will a reading of the Proclamation and a rendition of the National Anthem.

Seven Trees for the Seven Signatures.
Seven trees will be planted in honour of the signatories.

Shopfront Displays.
These will contain memorabilia and items of historical interest from the period.


Mike Holmes & Con Horrigan with the Proclamation Signatories

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