Tháinig muintir Comhaltas Cúil an tSúdaire agus ár gCáirde le ceile óiche aoine an céad lá d’Aibreán seo caite in Emo Court, cun comóradh Céad Bliain Éirí Amach na Cásca a comoradh.
Ceolchoirm chun ómós a thabhairt do Tomás MacDonagh, sínitheóir an Fhorógra i 1916.
Ceolchoirm Spéisialta de ceol, filíochta agus amhráin traidisiúnta a bhí ann.
The Drawing Room in Emo Court rang out to the sound of Fiddles, Accordion, Harp, Whistles, Flutes, Songs, Pipes, Banjo, Piano, Melodeon and Guitar. Artistes from our Branch provided entertainment on the night.
An Audience of Invitees, Awardees and friends filled the limited space for the occasion.
The performers on the night (above photo) were :
Front L/R, Kate MacDonald, Fiadh Fitzpatrick, Ciara Faherty and Roisín Fenlon.
Back L/R, Caoimhe Daly, Mary O’Donnell, Eimear Scully, Clare Faherty, Diarmuid Faherty and John Tobin.
Sound and Video: Seán Faherty.
The function was held to honour the ultimate sacrifice of Tomás MacDonagh, a signatory of the Proclamation, who was executed in Kilmainham Gaol and whose great grandson Paul McAuley and his family live in Portarlington.
The night started with a most interesting and informative outlining of the life and times of Tomás MacDonagh by his Granddaughter, Muriel McAuley.
The artistes then performed a concert of music and songs, among which was the appropriately named and Traditional ‘The Centenary March’.
Following a short break, framed copies of the Proclamation were presented for Voluntary Community Activity to the following:
Mrs Dorothy Odlum, Mrs Peggy Harris, Mrs Shirley Conway,
Dr L.M Fullam, Mr Ronnie Mathews, Mr Niall McElwaine,
Mr Robert Gleeson,
The presentation was made by Mr John Dunne Leas-Cathaoirleach, Craobh CCÉ.
Seated L/R, Liam McAuley, Mrs Dorothy Odlum, Mrs Peggy Harris, Mrs Muriel McAuley, Mrs Shirley Conway, Sophie McAuley.
Standing L/R, David McAuley, Paul McAuley, Dr.L M Fullam, Michelle McAuley-Drysdale, Ronnie Mathews, Niall McElwaine,
Oscar McAuley, Robert Gleeson, John Dunne.
Muriel McAuley then recited the poem ‘The Man Upright’ by Tomás MacDonagh, to get the second part started.
Portarlington Branch, CCÉ, wishes to express its thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make the occasion pleasant, exciting and successful, to the ealaíontóirí óga who carried their part so smoothly and professionally, to people in the car park, at the entrance guiding visitors and to Gerry Conway, whose legendary negotiating and organising skills were obvious throughout. To the Management and Staff of Emo Court for their courtesy, advice and hard work preparing the venue. Go raibh míle, míle maith agaibh go léir.
Some photos are posted here