Ballinlough Centenary Commemorations a success

Large crowds turned out at Ballinlough over the Easter weekend to participate in the 1916-2016 Centenary Commemorations.

  On Saturday evening, proceedings commenced with relatives of Pat Glynn, Michael Glavey and Michael Keane, who were killed in an ambush at the burning of the barracks in Ballinlough in September 1920, unveiling names on the three streets in their honour.

  Following this ceremony, historian Noel Campbell, from Castlebar, gave a talk on national historical events over the century, followed by a reading of a poem, named ‘The Barracks at Ballinlough’, by Kevin Quinn, a relative of Michael Glavey.

  On Sunday, a special commemorative Mass, celebrated by Fr. J Feeney, the parish priest of Ballinlough, assisted by Fr. Michael Glynn, from Mullaghmore, who is nephew of Commandant Pat Glynn, was held.

  It was followed by a parade and colour party from Michael Glavey’s GAA club, to The Square, where a specially commissioned proclamation stone was unveiled, followed by the reading of the Proclamation and the Roll of Honour and raising of the Tricolour over the monument.

  On Sunday night, a pagent entitled ‘Away Today, Ablaze Tonight, recreating the tragic events in Ballinlough’, was performed in the White House Hotel.

  The committee are extremely grateful and wish to acknowledge the support and financial help received from Roscommon County Council and to Richie Farrell, the county librarian, and staff of Roscommon County Council, which enabled the entire weekend of commemorations to be a memorable and successful occasion.