The Co. Roscommon IRA Commemoration Committee are holding their annual Easter Commemoration at the grave of Capt. John McGowan in Tibohine Cemetery on Easter Sunday, April 21st.
John McGowan was taken from a neighbour’s house in Rathkeery, Frenchpark by Black and Tan forces a few nights before Christmas 1920 and brutally shot dead on the doorstep. John McGowan was captain of the local Tibohine IRA company and was 26-years-old when he was killed.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place on Easter Sunday afternoon when a parade will assemble at Tibohine NS at 3.30 pm and, headed by a Colour Party and the Raheen Pipe Band, will then proceed to the graveside of John McGowan in Tibohine Cemetery. A wreath-laying ceremony will take place, the Roscommon Roll of Honour will be called out, and the Proclamation will be read. A piper’s lament will be played as the flags are dipped and raised and an oration will be delivered.
The commemoration ceremony will also remember Capt. Thomas McDonagh, a native of Co. Sligo, who was killed in action in the Ratra Ambush near Frenchpark in 1920. Thomas McDonagh was shot dead in the ambush 99 years ago on September 1st, making him the first casualty as a result of the War of Independence in Co. Roscommon. The remains of Thomas McDonagh were buried in Temple Ronan Cemetery, Co. Sligo.
Earlier in the day there will be a wreath-laying ceremony in Ballinlough. This ceremony will take place at the Republican Memorial after 12 o’clock Mass in the village.