On Easter Monday the members of Coiste Spiorad 1916 will gather at the 1916 memorial at Clonmel’s Borstal Gate for a brief ceremony to remember the 43 Clonmel Volunteers who mobilised at Easter 1916, and all those who answered the call of freedom at that time.
It will be recalled that the names of those inscribed on the memorial are -
Frank Drohan 0/C, John Allen, Thomas Barrett, Thomas Barron, B.P.Bowen, Charles Boylan, William Byrne, William Cleary, John Cooney, John Cronin, Philip Cunningham, James Dempsey, Thomas Donovan, Michael Drohan, Robert Drohan, James Forristal, Thomas Halpin, Michael Hanrahan, Patrick Hickey, Sean Hurley, James Kennedy, Dominick Mackey, John Mackey, William Mackey, Edward Moloney, John Morrissey, Geoffrey Morrissey, Sean Morrissey, William Myles, Thomas O’Brien, Edward O’Dwyer, Patrick O’Dwyer, Frank O’Meara, Seamus O’Neill, Sean O’Neill, Thomas O’Regan, Michael O’Sullivan, Jeremiah Purcell, James Ryan, Denis Skehan, Denis Tynan, Matthew Tynan and Michael White.
Since its installation at its present site during the centenary of the Rising two years ago, the monument, bearing the names of those local men who mobilised under Frank Drohan, has become a well-recognised landmark in the town and a source of pride to many families in the area.
The ceremony on Easter Monday will be a simple one and members of those families and all those who cherish the memory of those who answered the call of freedom on that Easter weekend 102 years ago year are cordially invited to attend.
The ceremony will begin at 6 pm and will consist of the sounding of the Last Post, the raising of the National Flag, the reading of the Proclamation of 1916 and the singing of the National Anthem.