In the wind and rain of Easter Sunday just gone, Gerry White’s gave the speech at the Easter Commemoration at the Monument in the Square. With his permission, and the agreement of Millstreet Monument Committee, below is his speech so that those that were not there on the day can read it:
It is with great humility that I stand here before you today by this fine monument. I also stand here today as someone who is deeply conscious of the huge debt we owe those who came before us and the efforts and sacrifices they made to build the country we live in today. I also consider it a great privilege to be here and I want to thank the committee for giving me honour to address you.
This monument stands as a silent, solemn tribute to Millstreet’s patriot dead who lost their lives during Ireland’s fight for freedom. All of those men were members of Cork No. 4 Brigade of Óglaigh na Éireann, the Irish Republican Army. They were: Captain Patrick McCarthy of the 2nd Battalion and Captain Cornelius Murphy, Volunteer Michael Dineen, Volunteer Bernard Moynihan, and Volunteer Michael Twohig of the 1st Battalion. Today we remember them, their sacrifice and the loved ones they left behind. [read more …] “Gerry White’s Oration at the Easter Commemorations 2018”
On March 9th, Millstreet Monument Committee will host a talk entitled ‘Order, Counter-order, Disorder Easter 1916 in Cork’ delivered by Gerry White. Gerry is an author and military historian. Along with Brendan O’Shea he has co-written ‘The Burning of Cork’ and ‘Baptised in Blood – The Formation of the Cork Brigade of Irish Volunteers ’. another book entitled ‘A Great Sacrifice: Cork Servicemen who died in the Great War’ was published following a detailed study conducted by both men which focused on Cork city and country in which they identified at least 3,784 people from the area who lost their lives in the Great War. He is an annual contributor to the ‘Holly Bough’ and also contributes to the Evening Echo and Cork Examiner. His talk will focus on The Cork Brigade and their mobilisation during Easter Week 1916.
On the same night (8pm March 9th 2016) The Committee will launch their publication written by Noreen Meaney entitled ‘Ready Willing Waiting: Keale, Millstreet, Mushera, Millstreet Irish Volunteers 1916.’ The book tells the story of the formation of the four Companies of Irish Volunteers who mobilised on Easter Sunday 23 April 1916, their activities in Millstreet while the Rising continued in [read more …] “Book Launch: Ready, Willing, Waiting. Keale, Millstreet, Mushera, Rathduane Irish Volunteers 1916”
This being the centenary year of the 1916 Rising, the Committee wish to acknowledge and commemorate the Irish Volunteers from the four Companies who mobilised during this Easter period. The committee will unveil two plaques on the monument base on Easter Sunday 27 March 2016: one to acknowledge the visit of Terence MacSwiney who attended the inaugural meeting of the formation of the four Companies of Irish Volunteers – Keale, Millstreet, Mushera and Rathduane on 1 November 1915. The second plaque will remember these Companies that mobilised and were ready, willing and waiting to answer the call to arms on Easter Sunday 23 April 1916.
In preparation for this historic event the monument in the Square needs to be cleaned and the lettering restored to its original condition. Therefore the Committee are appealing once again to the generosity of the general public for funding to undertake the necessary specialised work needed to ensure the monument is in pristine condition for Easter Sunday 2016 and for the decades ahead.
Donations can be made to any Committee member or Millstreet Credit Union: Account Number: 3686G
Millstreet Monument Committee. Front Row Seated: Joan O’ Mahony, Treasurer, Jerry Lehane, Chairman, Noreen Meaney, Secretary. Back Row Standing: Donal Dennehy, Andrias Moynihan, Tom Meaney, John McCarthy, Tim Murphy, Gerdie Buckley, Connie Foley, Noel Keating.
Other Committee Members: Noel Buckley, Tadgh Crowley, Siobhán Healy, Maurice Linehan, Denis Twomey. Photographer: Justin Black, Just Born Photography. (30th November 2015)
Note of Appreciation
Millstreet Monument Committee would like to express their gratitude and appreciation to the
following for their contribution in making the recent unveiling ceremony of a plaque to Pádraig Pearse such a success. Due to the downpour, the Chairman Mr Jerry Lehane was unable to perform the final closing and words of thanks to:
- The Corkery Family and Billy Brown,
- I.R.D. Chief Executive Maura Walsh and archivist James Buckley,
- Conor O Leary and John Murphy of O Leary Stone and Monumental Sculptors,
- Siobhán Ní Mhurchú, Ballingeary for checking the proposed inscription,
- Sgt Paul Lynch and the Gardaí at Millstreet Station,
- Noel C Duggan and Family,
- The Millstreet Pipe Band,
- Fr. Seán Tucker for blessing the plaque,
- Millstreet Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann,
- Seán Radley, Brendan Murphy and Eily Buckley,
- John Tarrant, reporter and Justin Black photographer,
- Elaine Dennehy and Declan Crowley of Milltech Printing,
- Chrisy’s Restaurant and The Bush Bar,
- John Anthony O Sullivan and Danny O Mahony,
- Milllstreet Tidy Towns Association.
The Committee would also like to sincerely thank all their sponsors and those who kindly donated to the funding of the plaque.
Lots more splendid images may also be viewed on the Justborn Photography Page [read more …] “Justin’s Excellent Coverage of the Pádraig Pearse Millstreet Commemoration”