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Ennis events to honour 1917 hunger strikers

THE descendants of the Clare volunteers who took part in hunger strikes in Mountjoy and Dundalk prisns in 1917 will travel from near and far to Ennis today for a special commemoration. The Mid Clare Brigade Commemoration Committee have managed to track down the families of the Clare hunger strikers in time for the commemoration taking place this Sunday at the4 Peace Park neaqr Glór. According to Mary Crawford, chairperson of the committee, the families are “delighted” that their ancestors are to be remembered in their home county. “The committee is very pleased to have tracked the descendants of all of the hunger strikers from as far away as Sydney, Paris, the UK and nearer to home. The families have expressed their deep appreciation that their forebears are being commemorated in this way. “We’ve only just got in touch with the granddaughter of one of the hunger strikers, James Madigan, in Australia, who would have loved to have come to …

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Memorial to honour those who died in Viet Nam War

DEFENSE and Air Attache with the US Embassy in Dublin, Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Martin will lay a wreath at a memorial honouring the men and women killed in service in South-East Asia, including the Viet Nam War, when it is officially unveiled in Ennis on Remembrance Day next week. The memorial will be launched on Friday, November 11, in Monastery Park and has been designed by Rory Breslin. Also in attendance for the unveiling will be representatives of the American Legion in Ireland providing a bugler and US and Irish flags for the ceremony, representatives from Clare County Council, US Viet Nam veterans and other officials. The memorial includes a list of those who served and lost their lives, along with the inscription, which read, “This memorial is dedicated to the Irish men and Irish women who served with allied forces in South-East Asia during the period 1964 through 1975.” Below the names are the words, “We express our heartfelt …

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Clare Battalion at Spike Island Commemoration

A special commemoration for the 1921 Republican prisoners on Spike Island in Cork Harbour was held on the island recently. Members of Clare 22 Battalion Association attended the ceremonies and laid a wreath at the memorial to Capt. Paddy White from Meelick who was shot and fatality wounded while imprisoned on the island. Capt White and his comrades were playing hurling in the prison when the ball went outside the boundary. Paddy asked the sentry if he would throw the ball back and was told to go and get it himself. When he did, he was shot by the sentry. A total of 18 Clare prisoners from Ennistymon, Quin, Corofin, Scariff, Mltown Malbay, Mountshannon, Broadford, Tulla, Ennis and Meelick were held on Spike Island in 1921. Republican prisoners were held there during the War of Independence and the island has served as a military base for the Irish Army, FCA and Navy as well as a civilian prison. In 2009 …

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