17 December 2009 Edition
Manchester Martyrs remembered in Kilkenny
A GREAT crowd gathered on Friday, November 20 last, in Hugginstown, South Kilkenny, for the annual Manchester Martyrs commemoration. This year saw the largest attendance in recent times for the torch-lit commemoration. Republicans from Kilkenny, Carlow, Kildare, Dublin, Wicklow, Tipperary and Waterford, braved the November cold to hear guest speaker Barry McElduff.
Before Barry spoke, Ryan Fulton, from Ógra Shinn Féin spoke about the importance of remembering the Manchester Martyrs and the necessity to, remind Irish people of their sacrifice.
Wreaths were laid by Kevin Dunphy on behalf of the Republican Movement, by Patrick Blewitt on behalf of the local Sinn Féin Cumman and by Katie Quinlan on behalf of Ógra Shinn Féin.
The main speaker of the evening Barry McElduff MLA, spoke about the work of Sinn Féin in the North’s Assembly and Executive and the challenges that Sinn Féin faces everyday in the institutions. He impressed upon the crowd the need to keep up the struggle and not to be caught out by complacency:
“I urge every person here tonight to stay interested in the Republican Movement”, he said.
The night’s proceedings were brought to an end by the Carrick-on-Suir Republican Flute Band playing ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’.
Barry McElduff with the Carrick-on-Suir Republican Flute Band