1916-2016 Monaghan’s Reflections Commemorative Booklet
On 12th December 2016, Minister Heather Humphreys launched our Commemorative 1916 booklet, highlighting some events and activities that took place in County Monaghan for the 1916 programme.
This booklet contains submissions from the community highlighting some of their events and activities, along with events undertaken by Monaghan County Council through the Arts, Museum and Libraries departments.
Monaghan County Council wishes to thank you – the community – for taking part in the 1916 Centenary programme – it is thanks to you that made 2016 such a fantastic year of celebration!
Killeevan Remembrance Group
The 1916 commemoration in Newbliss on Easter Monday, 28th March 2016 was the culmination of meticulous planning and research by Killeevan Remembrance Group. A triangular limestone column to honour two men of national importance with links to the area, namely James Connolly, a signatory of the 1916 Proclamation and Arthur Griffith, founder of Sinn Féin, was erected on the Island at Upper Main Street. Designed by Jim Graham, it also honours the local men and women of the 5th Northern Division Old IRA and Cumann na mBan who fought for Irish freedom.
Talks on Connolly and Griffith were delivered by Dr. Éamonn Ó Ciardha and Mr. Sean Mc Quillan in the Acorn Centre; while entertainment for the occasion in music, song and poetry was provided by the Sheridan family, Killeevan National School Choir, Pauric Mc Cooey, Eleanor O’ Reilly and Maria Graham. The exhibition of memorabilia, artefacts and history information boards was then opened. A commemorative booklet, compiled by Mary Graham and Breda Mc Cooey, was on sale throughout the day. Sadly one member of the Remembrance Group, John Quigley passed away in October 2016. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.