IRISH PERSON OF THE YEAR LUNCHEON

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YEAR’S END

As we prepare to say farewell to 2016, and welcome in 2017, we can review the events of the Ireland 1916 Easter Rising.  These brave men and women of the Irish Volunteers, Irish Republican Brotherhood, Irish Citizen Army and Cuman na mBan dared to risk their lives for a cause—a cause which was not popular with most of the Irish people.  At the time, many Irishmen were fighting under the British flag in WWI.  Families could not risk the loss of the income their soldiers received. And we cannot forget the aide given by the Capuchin Friars who served during those seven days, who later heard the confessions of the condemned, and gave comfort to the families.

Only seven days of fighting – then surrender.  There was no mercy shown to the rebels.  The leaders were court-martialed and executed; rebels as well as innocents were sent to prisons or executed.

The rebellion was not a failure.  By the summer of 1916, the rebel leaders became cult heroes with commemorative photographs issued of them. Ballads and poems were penned to celebrate their deeds; funds were raised for their families.  The British Army, involved in WWI, saw Irish recruitment levels drop considerably.

The prison camp, Frongoch Internment Camp, held German prisoners until the 1916 Rising.  Those prisoners were sent elsewhere, and were replaced by over 1,800 Irish prisoners, among them future leaders such as Michael Collins, Terence McSwiney and J.J. O’Connell.  During the cold days and even longer cold nights in Wales, they made plans for the continued struggle for independence.  They were released in December 1916 – to continue to plan for another day.

 Easter 1916
Author: W. B. Yeats
September 25, 1916

Fourth Stanza —

Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
That is Heaven’s part, our part
To murmer name upon name,
As a mother names her child
When sleep at last has come
On limbs that had run wild.
What is it but nightfall?
No, no, not night but death;
Was it needless death after all?
For England may keep faith
For all that is done and said.
We know their dream; enough
To know they dreamed and are dead;
And what if excess of love
Bewildered them till they died?
I write it out in a verse–
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born.

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Christmas Party

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The annual Christmas Party was held at Prestonwood Country Club on Saturday, Dec. 3.   A few people have sent pictures, all of which can be viewed when you tap on  “28 Photos“.

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Consul-General Adrian Farrell keynoted recent program

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Congratulations to Sheila Balagna

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