Easter 1916 stone to be unveiled in Mallow Castle

An Easter Rising 1916 memorial stone was lowered into place at Mallow Castle this Tuesday, and it will be officially unveiled following a parade from the Courthouse to Mallow Castle at 12 noon on Easter Monday next. The stone will form the centrepiece of a garden which will be created in the coming months, in a collaboration between Mallow Development partnership and Cork Co. Council. Pictured with the stone are John McDonnell, Jerry Mullally, Tim Sheehan, Tom Sheehan, Donal O’Regan, Michael O’Neill, Frank Killilea, Michael O’Connell of Cork Co. Council, and sculptor Mick Wilkins. Pic, S Murphy.

The Easter Monday Civic Parade in Mallow will be an extra special occasion this year, as next Mon-day’s event will include the unveiling of an Easter Rising Commemoration Stone in the grounds of Mallow Castle by Dr. Gabriel Doherty from the UCC History Department, who is a specialist in the revolutionary period of modern Irish history (1912-1923). The stone was lowered into place this Tuesday, and the local community are invited to participate in the parade which will leave Mallow Courthouse at 12 noon. Dr Gabriel Doherty will give an address, and there will also be the laying of wreaths, the reading of the Proclamation, and the playing of ‘Amhran na bhFiann’ by the Thomas Davis Pipe Band.
Monday’s parade, which will be preceded by a Remembrance Mass in St Mary’s Church at 10am, will travel from the courthouse via the New Road and Fair Street and on to Main Street, and will stop at Thomas Davis Plaza for the playing of ‘A Nation Once Again’ before going on to Mallow Castle for the ceremonial unveiling.
The organisers have asked the people of Mallow and district to support the parade, with a spokesperson saying that it offers “an ideal opportunity for citizens of all political persuasions and none, and of all religious beliefs and none, to demonstrate their appreciation for the courage and personal sacrifice made by the leaders and volunteers of the 1916 Rising”.