Centenary events to mark Mallow’s involvement in 1916 Rising

A number of events will be held in Mallow next year to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, including an exhibition in Mallow Library featuring photographs of the 1966 Pageant which was held on Mallow Racecourse and was attended by President Eamon de Valera.

This exhibition will be on display during the three days of the Mallow Racing Home for Easter Festival, and should be of great interest, as many members of the local community took part in the Pageant of that year.

Other events being planned include the creation of a Remembrance Garden in the town to commemorate local involvement in the Rising, a remembrance of the march to Bweeng of that year, and stories of local people involved in the Rising, including Captain Dan Hegarty of Fair Lane and Lieutenant Chris O’Connell of Beecher Street who were arrested after 1916 and interned in Frongoch, North Wales.

Members of the Heritage Committee organising next year’s events include chairman Tim Sheehan, Margaret Desmond, Helen O’Connell, Anne Barry, Mehaul Magner, Frank Killilea, Ger O’Callaghan and Michael O’Neill. More details will be announced closer to the date.