Events in Elphin and Ballinlough

The centenary of the 1916 Rising was marked at the IRA memorial in Elphin on Easter Sunday. The town echoed with the sound of bagpipes and drums as the Raheen Pipe Band led by a Colour Party headed the parade to the memorial at Shankill Cross.

  The large monument was erected to honour all that died in the fight for freedom in the county. The last time a commemoration was held here was in 1991 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Rising. There was a special unveiling of a plaque at the Shankill site to honour the men who were involved in the erection of the county memorial which was erected in 1963. The unveiling was performed by Padraig McKeown, Croghan, whose father Patrick, an IRA veteran, had been one of the original committee members involved in the monument’s construction.  

  Among the wreathes that were laid at the Roll of Honour tablet was one on behalf of the relatives of all that died for the Republic during 1916-1923. This wreath was laid by Dermott Mullooly, whose uncle was shot by Black and Tans the day after the Scramogue ambush.

  Earlier in the day a ceremony was held at the Republican monument in Ballinlough at 12 pm. The Ballinlough ceremony commemorates Volunteers Michael Glavey, Michael Keane and Patrick Glynn who were killed in action at the destruction of Ballinlough RIC barracks in 1920.