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The first U.S. 1916 Garden of Remembrance has been launched in Springfield, Massachusetts on 12 December 2015.
Senator Mark Daly first developed the idea to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising by creating Gardens of Remembrance in villages, towns and cities throughout the country. With the help of Diarmuid Gavin a garden design concept to be replicated was created. Since the launch of the project in 2015 over 20 gardens have been set up across Ireland, a figure which is increasing. The project has been a huge success and has been adopted by our counterparts in the U.S. to commemorate the men and women who dedicated their lives to fight for Ireland.
United States officials including U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Vice Consul Meg Laffan of the Consulate General of Ireland in Boston took part in the groundbreaking ceremony in Springfield, that coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Irish Easter Rising.
“The rising in 1916 actually helped to create not only the modern Irish state but it was heavily influenced by the men and women who had settled here in the city of Springfield and the surrounding communities,” Neal said at the launch. “In fact, much of the financing that took place for the Rising occurred right here in Western Massachusetts.”
The garden will feature seven newly planted oak trees to represent the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation. In addition, there will be a life size typographical replica of the proclamation and flag poles with the tri-color Irish flag and an American flag, according to the design.
On 23rd Sept 2015 Senator Mark Daly spoke in Seanad about the political instability in Northern Ireland and highlighted how the lack of engagement by both governments was effecting the daily lives of the Northern people.
“What is occurring has been used by all sides to try to distract from the real issues affecting the day-to-day lives of citizens in the North and the need to improve their lives and ensure they can go about their normal business. Most of what is happening is, to a large degree, being used for political purposes. Long-term, sustained engagement by the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach, not just engagement when there is a crisis, is required if we are to have the solutions required to keep the peace in the North. Dealing with the past, flags and parades is part of this process, but the Stormont House Agreement needs to be addressed. Whatever funding is required from the British Exchequer to ensure the stability we have witnessed in recent years is maintained is a matter the Government needs to pursue.”
I am disappointed with the final vote of Tá 21 Níl 24 in the Seanad yesterday evening. I will continue to work on the issue of the Recognition of Irish Sign Language as I feel it is an important matter.
Today I met students of Pobail Scoil Inbhearsceine to discuss the Dáil and Senate before their visit next month. They posed some tough questions.