26 November 2009 Edition
Na Fianna Anniversary marked in Dublin
A commemorative event in Dublin to mark the 100th Anniversary of Na Fianna Éireann last Saturday night saw was a good attendance from Sinn Féin, Ógra Shinn Féin and former members of the republican youth organisation.
The event, organised by the Dublin Republican Commemoration Committee was addressed by former Fianna members, Críona Ni Dhálaigh now a Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor and Sean O'Donnell and featured an exhibition of over 100 photographs from the past 100 years and was.
An overview of the historic role of Fianna Éireann in the struggle for Irish freedom was given Mícheál Mac Donncha and the occasion also heard an address by Donncha Ó Laoghaire of Ógra Shinn Féin.
The Fianna Éireann Roll of Honour was read aloud by Ógra member Mark Maloney. This was followed by a minute’s silence in memory of those Fians who died in the course of the struggle or who have since passed away. This was accompanied by the lowering of he Sunburst flag by Michael Farrell from Ógra Shinn Féin who was attired in Fianna Éireann uniform.
The Dublin Republican Flute Band played The Flag of Na Fianna and Amhrán na BhFiann was played on the tin whistle by Cormac Ó Dálaigh.
After the commemorative events and speeches there followed a social evening where old comrades shared stories and memories of the Fianna.
• Fianna members spanning the 1950's, 60's, 70's and 80's