War of Independence Commemoration

A War of Independence Commemoration and an unveiling of a plaque in memory of the Volunteers of D Company – Labasheeda,1st Battalion, West Clare Brigade, Irish Republican Army 1916 – 1921 and their comrades in the 1st Battalion, West Clare Brigade Cumann na mBan 1916 – 1921 was held on 21st August 2021 at 1pm at Labasheeda Quay. 

The event was organised by the local community and supported by the “Remembering The War of Independence in West Clare group”.

A Piper led the parade down to Labasheeda Quay followed by five flag carrying participants displaying flags which included the Irish Flag , Irish Volunteers and Cumann na mBan. They were followed by relatives of those who fought during the War of Independence

Stephen McDonagh acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event and welcomed everyone prior Fr Mc Grath unveiled the plaque. Local historian Paul Markham then read the proclamation.

A Roll call of members of D Company 1st Battalion of the Irish Volunteers and Cumann na mBan of the West Clare Brigade was read out.

Father McMahon then recited prayers of remembrance.

Wreaths were laid at the memorial by Pat Hayes on behalf of his grand uncle the Rev. P.K. Hayes, Fr McGrath laid a wreath on behalf of the Falahee family, JT Larkin laid a wreath for all battalions and companies in the West Clare Brigade area and Marie Moloney laid a wreath in memory of the local Cumann na mBan. Stephen Mc Donagh laid a wreath on behalf of the Irish Volunteers.  A minute silence was then observed.

Stephen McDonagh then spoke about the life and times of the patriot priest Father Hayes who ministered in Labasheeda during the War of Independence.

Next to speak was Paul Markham on Vice Commandant Michael Falahee and the Falahee family and their contribution to the fight for Independence 1919 to 1921

Dr Padraig Óg Ruairc then delivered the oration speaking about the sacrifices of the Volunteers Cumann Na mBan and the community that supported them in overthrowing British rule in Ireland.

JT Larkin spoke about how these events are important to the local people and how important it is to educate our youth about this time in Irish History

Stephen McDonagh thanked everyone for turning up to support the commemoration on a fine sunny day.

Proceedings came to a close with the playing of  Amhrain na bhFhiann.

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