Friday, May 2, 2014

Annual Easter Commemorations well attended across County Wexford

Six Commemorations were held across County Wexford over Easter weekend, and all were well attended, dignified affairs.  A Commemoration for executed 1916 leader Michael O' Hanrahan was held on New Ross towns Quayfront on Good Friday evening.  The Chairperson of County Wexford Sinn Féin, Oisin O' Connell, laid a wreath on O' Hanrahan Bridge before more wreaths were laid by veteran republican Mick O' Leary and Emer Kirwan, who also gave an oration, at three bullet gate.

A commemoration was held for Enniscorthy 1916 Rising leader Sean Etchingham in Riverchapel on Easter Saturday afternoon.  Local Sinn Féin rep Fionntán O' Súilleabháin spoke at the event.

On Easter Saturday evening the annual Joe Whitty Commemoration was held by the young hungerstrikers grave in Ballymore.  The event was chaired by local election candidate Mick Roche and was notable for being larger this year than ever before.  Nine year old Madison Roche read the proclamation.  Local historian and writer Sean Farrell presented the Whitty family with the only known photo of Joe Whitty, who died on hunger strike in 1923.

The annual Wexford town commemoration was held in Crosstown graveyard on Easter Sunday.  Sandra McLellan TD was the main speaker.  Cllr Anthony Kelly also spoke, while the role of honour was read by Mick Avic O' Leary and the Proclamation was read out by Shane Canning.

Over one hundred people attended the Enniscorthy Easter Commemoration on Easter Monday.  Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD was the main speaker, while the Chairperson of Enniscorthy Town Council, Cllr Johnny Mythen, chaired the event.  The Proclamation was read out by Dave Wickam while Noirin Sheridan read out a list of graves were wreaths had been laid over the weekend.

Earlier in the day, the annual Murrintown Easter Commemoration was held.  The Chairman of the local Radford/McCarthy Cumann did a great job as always giving the main oration at the graveside.  Wreaths were laid by Mick Radford and Des McCabe.

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