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Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 4 August, 2017

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LYRE HERITAGE NEWS

Female Champion of the Show sponsored by James Dalton, Natural Nutrition Limited – From left to right: Owner John Walsh, Mahonbridge; Judge Stephen Morgan; James Dalton, Natural Nutrition and his son Liam; Pat Whyte, and handler Adam Daly. [Tom Hobbs]

KILROSSANTY WHIST Results from 21/7/2017 – Kathleen Whyte, Helen Lally, Ellis Wilkins, Carrie Wilkins, Eric Townsend, Margaret Riordan, Kay Veale, Mary O’Donnell, Mary Kirwan. RAFFLE Kay Veale, Eric Townsend, Mary Kirwan. Next Whist on 4th August at 8 o’clock. New members and holiday makers welcome. STRADBALLY SOCCER CLUB Stradbally Soccer Club is planning to enter under 15, 14 and 12 teams next season. If you have children in these age groups who may be interested in playing contact Diarmuid Crowley 15 and 14 or or Mickey Donnelly 12s or indeed any of the stradbally soccer people

UNVEILING Kilrossanty 1916 Committee unveiling of the Cumann na mBan plaques to mark the conference of the women delegates 1917 to 2017 will take place in Newtown, Kilmacthomas on Saturday, 12th August at 7.00 p.m. WALK The walk in memory of Noreen Prendergast took place on the Greenway last Thursday night. A large crowd attended. Refreshments took place afterwards in Crotty’s Inn with a raffle. Many thanks to all the sponsors of the raffle, to Crotty’s Inn for the refreshments. Claire Shanahan spoke on behalf of Solas Waterford and said she was delighted with the Kilrossanty GAA Club for doing this memorial walk in memory of

Noreen. The final figure will be given when all money is in. CARD DRIVE A 45 card drive in aid of KCK ladies under 14 team as they are through to the All-Ireland semifinal will take place in Micilins bar this Friday night, August 4th at 9.30 p.m. sharp. Your support will be greatly appreciated. BINGO Once again the bingo attracted a large crowd to Crotty’s Inn last Friday night. The next Bingo will be held on 25th August. Prize money €1,200 jackpot €1,600. SVP The Vincent de Paul Society will take up the Summer collection this week end. WALK Thanks to all who supported the walk last Thursday night in aid of Solas Centre

KILMACTHOMAS BLOOD DONATIONS The Irish Blood Transfusion service will be in attendance in Lawlor's Hotel, Dungarvan this week on Wednesday and Thursday 2nd and 3rd August from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. and from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. Please support if you can. LATE THOMAS FITZGERALD With sadness we record the death at an all too early age of Thomas (Tommy) Fitzgerald, Hillview Estate, Kilmacthomas and formerly Ballinabanogue, Kilmac which occurred on

Friday 28th July at his residence. Reposing at his residence on Saturday from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. with removal on Sunday morning at 11.30 a.m. to St. Anne's Church, Ballylaneen for 12.00 noon Mass celebrated by Fr. Condon PP followed by burial immediately afterwards. May he rest in peace. BINGO Bingo in the Rainbow Community Hall supporting your local GAA Club on Tuesday, 8th August, eyes down 8.00 p.m. sharp. Summer special children's books at half price to celebrate

the Summer holidays. €1,000 in cash prizes and chance of jackpot of €1,350 in 47 calls. Come along and bring a friend. LOTTO DRAW Results for the Kilmac AFC Lotto draw on Saturday 29th July. Letters drawn were E, I, M and O. No jackpot winner. Five winners of €20 each - Paudie Whelan c/o PPI; Peggy Power, Union Road, Kilmac; Margaret Whelan, Millbrook Terrac, Kilmac; Michael Power, Kilmoylan and David Hallihan c/o Danny's. Next week’s Jackpot €1,850, be in to win.

WHY did it take so long? For many years now I have been involved with Lyre Heritage and frequently I tell people how wonderful it is but have never quite managed to articulate quite what it is that draws us to this old farmhouse every Thursday during the Summer season year after year. True the old house has echoes of a former lifestyle that is a part of our history and heritage from those who have lived it. Yes, of course, the house is set in the lee of the beautiful Comeragh Mountains which forms an ever changing backdrop to the place as one approaches, but what is the magic ingredient that draws people from far and near to spend a few hours on Thursdays listening to and performing music, songs and story telling. It is not the most comfortable seating one might enjoy and the fire sometimes smokes a little. Sometimes the cold wind outside slips in when the door is opened and the whole place is very far from the ‘comfort’ of a hotel or lounge bar. The mystery is that people who come here love it. They just love it. But what is it? Last Thursday night I think I

may have come to understand this special thing that is Lyre. It is spirit. The spirit of the Irish people who can come together and entertain themselves at the drop of a hat. That spirit which turns to music and song and laughter so readily. In the old tradition of the rambling house which was, before the time of parish halls and town halls, the only source of entertainment in rural Ireland, the spirit of the people brought music and song to the community in do it yourself fashion. In these modern times we can enjoy music and song through radio, TV, CD, DVD, all of which

are wonderful. But when people come together and make their own entertainment there is a special ingredient involved. Spirit. We have that in Lyre. On Thursday last word came that a troup of set dancers were on their way. They came to an already well attended session and the centre floor area was cleared quickly and dance space created. The evening took off from there and if you wish to know more come to Lyre any and every Thursday from now to September. Come and experience the spirit of the Irish. You will love Lyre.

KILROSSANTY 1916 COMMITTEE

Unveiling of the Cumann na mBan Plaques OUR next event is the unveiling of the Cumann Na mBan Plaque. Under Brehon Law Irish women enjoyed equal status in society and often held high positions as chiefs, warriors, druids, judges, poets, and seers moving on to became a wise elder. Indeed their native religion was based on polytheism before it was incorporated into Irish Celtic Christianity. However, during the Viking invasion some of those privileges were lost in areas under Viking control but swiftly recouped following the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. Then the Norman invasion came to pass, imposing feudal law and a class system, at odds to the free spirited mindset of the Gael. But Brehon law prevailed in areas outside the pale. The Irish Celtic Church was coerced to become most obedient, most holy and observe the righteous of Rome. Yet, despite this and the Statues of Kilkenny, over time the Normans intermarried and became more Irish than the Irish themselves. Of course, some Irish gave sway and turned to the English way of life. Hence the name Irishtown is commonly used to identify the living quarters of the Irish who were locked outside the Gates of the Norman towns, as darkness fell each evening, so those refined English ladies could stroll, hand in hand with their so called civilised gentlemen, after high tea. The vernacular, the native religion, outburst of laughter, music, and the dance traditions of the Gael that echoed outside, were viewed as wicked sordid acts of paganism. The break from the Roman Catholic Church, by the then King of England, unleashed a terrible wave of oppression, plantation and suppression of the Gaels with untold consequences for those who would not convert to the established church. The Native Irish Catholic Women were merely seen as lower class ruffians, wild, carefree and uneducated in the way of the gentle English thus incapable of ever showing the slightest bit of loyalty to their English King. After the fall of the Monarchy, the wars of Cromwell were probably the worst period of genocide, witnessed by a living nation. The slaughter and forced emigration drained the native lands so much that in parts only wild animals

would care to roam. Even the restoration period, that promised all, did nought to alleviate the plight of the women. Then along came the Penal Laws, the Genocide of 1817 and the genocide of 1845. In tandem, numerous uprisings for freedom cumulating in the build-up to the glorious event of 1916 are remarkable, when we reflect on the previous attempts, to convert or wipe out the Gael. But the most important point to remember, in all that came and went, is that during all those struggles, however difficult they were, Irish women were to the fore in battle or campaign to rid the country of foreign aggression and rule. The feminists and the suffragette movement became intertwined in their struggle, as women, to become equals in the new nation as envisaged in the 1916 Proclamation. They were equals in the Irish Citizen Army and when denied membership of the Volunteers they set up their own army Cumann Na mBan. At the 1917 Ard Fheis the women delegates threw down the gauntlet and demanded equality. Fearing a split in the ranks their demands were conceded to and some of the women, of that era, were co-opted onto the national executive. During the l918 landslide election victory Constance Georgine Markievicz was elected for the constituency of Dublin St. Patrick’s the first women ever to be elected to the British House of Commons. However, in line with the abstention policy Constance did not take here seat. Instead, with allegiance to the First Dail, convened on native Irish soil in Dublin, Constance was appointed to cabinet as Minister of Labour. The role of Irish women in the cause of freedom is now recognised as one of the greatest, albeit the longest struggles, for liberty, equality and fraternity. Their biographies are read the world over. The unveiling of the Cumann na mBan Plaques to mark the Centenary of the Conference of the Women Delegates (1917-2017) will take place in Newtown, Kilmacthomas on Saturday, 12th August at 7.00 p.m. John P. Quinn Chairperson 087 286 3161.

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