On Easter Saturday 2013, I along with the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Mr Jimmy Deenihan, Members of the All Party Oireachtas Decade of Commemorations Committee and students from the Transition Year Class of Pobail Inbhear Sceine unveiled a memorial to all those involved in the War of Independence and the Headford Ambush.
The unveiling was a huge success as the people of the area attended in the hundreds to show pride in and respect for those who had brought such honour, by their courage and commitment. I unveiled an exact replica of the 1916 Proclamation which was blessed by the Church of Ireland reverend. A colour party of the Irish Army attended the ceremony in Kenmare to show respect for those who had served before them. Also unveiled was a monument to commemorate all those who took part in the War of Independence. Engraved forever in Valentia slate are the names of the members of the Kerry No 2 Brigade who participated in the Headford Ambush.
The organising committee of the Kenmare ‘Easter Week’ Gathering included the local secondary school, chamber of commerce, those of all religious beliefs and all political shades. The group had as its core principle that the Proclamation, Easter Week and the War of Independence can best be defined by what we were fighting for – not who we were fighting against.
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