1916 Irish Proclamation Signatory – Patriot Thomas MacDonagh
Commemorated in Roscrea Ceremony.
Roscrea Tidy Towns Committee and the Community of Roscrea honoured Patriot Thomas MacDonagh in a fitting Ceremony recently when they officially open and blessed their 1916 Community Garden of Remembrance to the memory of Tipperary Patriot and which will be situated at the rear of Roscrea Library.
Tadhg Maher sings the Thomas MacDonagh song during the 1916 Commemoration Ceremony in Roscrea on Friday last.
The unveiling of a plaque and Ecumenical Blessing of the 1916 Tidy Towns Community Remembrance Garden were among the focal points at the Ceremony.
Father Tom Corbett blesses the audience before he joins Rev. Jean Galbraith, Rev. Tom Kingston, Rev. Tom Hogan and Adrian Hewson to Ecumenically bless the 1916 Tidy Towns Community Garden dedicated to the memory of Thomas MacDonagh.
The 1916 Gardens of Remembrance are a Glor na Casca initiative with the objective of commemorating the Easter Rising, commemorating and honouring the lives of those who signed the 1916 Proclamation and those who fought in the cause of Irish Freedom. This is a Nationwide project carried out in conjunction with the Tidy Towns network and Local Authorities.
Eadaoin Coughlan recites Summer Joys a poem written by Thomas MacDonagh
Roscrea’s 1916 Garden of Remembrance is based on a template designed by renowned Landscape Architect, Diarmuid Gavin who designed seven individual gardens, one for each of the signatories of the Proclamation, and Roscrea Tidy Towns committee have decided to commemorate in a special way one of the seven being local Tipperary man Thomas MacDonagh who was commandant of the 2nd Battalion that occupied Jacob’s factory during the Easter Rising.
Dick Conroy gives an Oration on the life of Thomas MacDonagh, and the person that he was.
Each of those gardens include three elements, - An engraved life size typographical replica of the 1916 Proclamation, a 6 metre anti vandal maintenance free flag pole with Tricolour, and seven trees planted to represent the seven signatories of the Proclamation.
Founder members of Roscrea Tidy Towns Committee unveiled a plaque at the entrance to the garden, while senior and junior members of the Tidy Towns Committee assisted in raising the Tricolour. There was also a reading of the Proclamation, and an Oration on the life of Patriot Thomas MacDonagh, followed by a Tree planting ceremony to the memory of the nine other leaders who were also executed following the 1916 Easter Rising.
As a tribute to Thomas MacDonagh who was a Poet, a lover of all things Irish, and a member of the Irish Land League there was music, song, and poetry throughout the Ceremony.
Roscrea Tidy Towns Committee have undertaken this initiative on behalf of the Community of Roscrea as part of their activities for 2016. This Garden will ensure Community engagement on a local level for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising and all are invited and encouraged to attend.
Well done to all involved. The garden is well worth a visit so please do just that and enjoy all the garden has to offer.