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Ballykissane commemoration


North Kerry / West Limerick TD Martin Ferris and members of the Smith/Hehir/Harford/ Doherty/Bell Republican Flute Band

THE annual Ballykissane commemoration took place in Killorglin, County Kerry, on May 29th.

The opening address was given by Mairéad Ní Mhaoláin at the event in which Conn Keating, Donal Sheahan and Charlie Monaghan, the first casualties of the 1916 Rising, were commemorated.

These Volunteers met a tragic death as they attempted to assist the importation of arms on board The Aud for the 1916 Rising.

North Kerry/West Limerick TD Martin Ferris was the main speaker at the commemoration and his speech covered not just the legacy of the republican heroes of bygone years but the social inequality, unemployment, education and natural resources that should be at the heart of any republic’s ideals.

“Those individuals who brought us to our present economic crisis cannot lay claim to the legacy of Volunteers such as the men we remember today,” Martin Ferris said.

“Government bank bail-outs benefit few at the expense of many but this crisis extends beyond banks and golden circles. Ordinary people deserve equal treatment and should be given assistance also.”

South Kerry Sinn Féin would like to thank all those who attended and participated in the commemoration, particularly Shay and the Smith/Hehir/ Harford/ Doherty/Bell Republican Flute Band who travelled down from Dublin especially for the event.

THE annual Ballykissane commemoration took place in Killorglin, County Kerry, on May 29th.The opening address was given by Mairéad Ní Mhaoláin at the event in which Conn Keating, Donal Sheahan and Charlie Monaghan, the first casualties of the 1916 Rising, were commemorated.These Volunteers met a tragic death as they attempted to assist the importation of arms on board The Aud for the 1916 Rising.North Kerry/West Limerick TD Martin Ferris was the main speaker at the commemoration and his speech covered not just the legacy of the republican heroes of bygone years but the social inequality, unemployment, education and natural resources that should be at the heart of any republic’s ideals.“Those individuals who brought us to our present economic crisis cannot lay claim to the legacy of Volunteers such as the men we remember today,” Martin Ferris said.“Government bank bail-outs benefit few at the expense of many but this crisis extends beyond banks and golden circles. Ordinary people deserve equal treatment and should be given assistance also.”   South Kerry Sinn Féin would like to thank all those who attended and participated in the commemoration, particularly Shay and the Smith/Hehir/ Harford/ Doherty/Bell Republican Flute Band who travelled down from Dublin especially for the event.

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