Two commemorative events will be held on Easter Sunday marking the East Clare Brigade’s (Old IRA) involvement in the War of Independence. The events have been organised by the Meelick-Parteen and Cratloe Commemoration Committee who have erected seven monuments in their local area over recent years to mark historic sites associated with the 1919 – 1921 period.
The is a non-party political committee comprised of local individuals sharing a common interest in the history of the War of Independence. Eminent historians Pádraig Ó Ruairc (from Meelick) and Tom Toomey (Castletroy, Limerick) are the driving force of the committee. T
his year’s commemoration gets underway at Meelick Churchyard following mass at 12 noon. The ‘republican plot’ in this churchyard is the final resting place of several members of the East Clare Brigade. A blessing will be given by Fr. Tom Carroll PP. Local men Johnny White and Pat McDonagh will recite a poem at the graveside before laying a laurel wreath.
On conclusion of the events at Meelick Churchyard, members of the public are invited to join in a tricolour and piper-led procession to Brennan’s Cross. Historian Michael McCarthy will lay a wreath at the monument and give a podium oration to all assembled there. Events will conclude with the playing of Amhrán bhFiann.
Master of ceremonies at both commemorations will be local councillor and teacher Cathal Crowe. All are welcome to attend! Fáilte roimh cách!