On Saturday May 14th people from all parts of St. Attracta’s Parish and beyond responded to the invitation by Meadowbrook Resident’s Association to celebrate with them in a Community Day and 1916 Commemorative Event. Last year the 1916-2016 committee was formed. The members of this excellent group were Michael Cushion, Caitriona & Donal Donnelly, Eddie Finn, Fred Healy, Gerry Manners and George Stronghain. They presented ideas and listened to the advice of the Residents 2016 Committee and the tidy Districts Team. Their final decision was to commission a stone Commemorative Harp from the sculptor Philip O’Neill in Kilternan and to erect same plus a flagpole at Willow Gate Green. Support and some funding for the project was obtained from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. The Dundrum Town Centre sponsored the Flagpole, National Flag and installation.
The Commemorative Harp is a beautiful work of Art and you are cordially invited to visit and view. It bears two very appropriate inscriptions –
“í and “Cherishing all the children of the nation equally”
A large crowd gathered at 2pm in glorious sunshine and enjoyed a full program of Music, Dancing, Entertainment and Talks. Donal Donnelly was very much the Master of Ceremonies/Fear on Tí for the overall project and ably assisted by his better half – Caitriona. Brian Manners presented a brief history of the Irish Harp and Carolan’s Concerto was played by Harpist Mary Kelly. The Harp was unveiled by Úna O’Callanain, a granddaughter of Commandant Michael Mallin who was executed on 8th May 1916. An Ecumenical Blessing was provided by Rev. Stephen Taylor – Methodist Church, Rev. Canon Robert Warren – Taney Church of Ireland and Rev. Fr. John Bracken our Co.Parish Priest. Máirín de Brún and St. Attracta’s Parish Choir provided wonderful singing and hymns.
The Proclamation was read by Liam Harnett and the National flag was raised by Fred Healy and Donal Donnelly to the haunting accompaniment of bugler and drum roll. The event concluded with a powerful singing by the large gathering of our National Anthem.
Afterwards a large crowd gathered in St. Attracta’s Junior School Hall for tea and refreshments hosted by Sarah Gurrie and her hospitality team.
Sincere thanks is due to all involved for their dedication and hard work in organising this excellent event. The challenge is now out there for us all to work for justice, peace and a wonderful new Ireland of which those who died could be proud.