This Saturday, December 17 sees the official opening of the Special 1916 Memorial Garden in Leebeen Park, Aughnacliffe. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 2:30pm by the main car park.
The garden commemorates the centenary of the Easter Rising and it especially remembers the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation; Padraig Pearse, Sean MacDiarmada, James Connolly, Thomas J Clarke, Joseph Plunkett, Thomas McDonagh and Eamonn Ceannt, all of whom were subsequently executed by firing squad.
The Memorial Garden consists of a seven-sided bed of seven shrubs which surround a locally-sourced piece of Bog Oak, all of which are side by side with a new flagpole.
The actual text of the Easter Proclamation is inscribed in stone and the unveiling is to be attended by representatives of Longford County Council and local Church and Community Associations.
As with all events at Leebeen Park, the invitation extends to all of their generous and loyal patrons and friends. Do come along! Funding for this very appropriate centenary year initiative has been provided by Longford County Library who will be represented at the event by Mary Carleton Reynolds, County Librarian and Martin Morris, County Archivist. Leebeen Park committee also takes this opportunity to acknowledging the super efforts of Padraic Mulligan, Dunbeggan and Johnny Shaughnessy, Cleenrath who constructed the new facility.
The Chairperson and committee wish all their friends, supporters and patrons a very Happy Christmas.