Reflecting on the Rising

Reflecting on the Rising

This week the final installment in the Leader’s 1916 supplement examines the commemorations locally.

Last week schools across the county celebrated Proclamation Day and  next week Longford GAA will host St Kiernan’s GAA club from London and Pearse Park in Longford will be redicated.

A plaque to remember Patrick Belton from Lanesboro who participated in the 1916 Rising and held strong links to the GAA in London, will also be unveiled during the commemorations, and the supplement will also examine the relationship between Michael Collins and Kitty Kiernan, the famous Granard woman whose family was dogged by tragedy.

There are also photos from Longford past and present and as usual we profile some of the 14 men and women from Co Longford who participated in the 1916 Rising.

In reflection the period 1916-1919 changed the course of history on this island of ours and led to the birth of the Republic of Ireland within a few short years.

Did it achieve all its aims, probably not when we see the inequality and poverty that exists all around us and the cruelty that was perpetrated by the church and State towards mothers and children in the years thereafter,

However, it did change the course of history, and as a nation we continue the good fight for justice and equality for a nation and its people.

Check out this week’s Longford Leader and the 1916 Supplement for more!