On Saturday, 8th July, there will be a series of talks themed on the year 1917, both locally and nationally at the Old School, Skerries (beside Skerries Community Centre) from 11 am to 5 pm, to mark the centenary of Muriel MacDonagh’s death, the widow of 1916 leader, Thomas Mac Donagh.
On the day, also the Irish Volunteers Dublin Brigade Commemorative organisation will be bringing their travelling exhibition to the Old School with memorabilia, replicas, artefacts, photographs and other items related to the revolutionary decade.
The featured speakers will include John Dorney, (author of ‘Peace After the Final Battle: The Story of the Irish Revolution, 1912 – 24.’ Marie Bashford-Synott, local historian and member of Skerries Historical Society, will be presenting a paper that delves into her research into the lives of the women of Skerries who served in the ranks of Cumann na mBan during the revolutionary period.
Liz Gillis, acclaimed historian of early 20th century Ireland and author of several books (most recently, ‘The Hales Brothers and the Irish Revolution’ and ‘Women of the Irish Revolution’).
Gerard Shannon, local historian and member of Skerries Historical Society, will present his research and findings of the last number of years into the death of Muriel MacDonagh. Who was Muriel? How did she meet Thomas MacDonagh, and how did she face life as a widowed mother of two after the Easter Rising and what brought her to Skerries that fateful July?
The following day, Sunday 9th July, a commemorative march led by a piper will go from the Sea Memorial (where Muriel is listed on a plaque) to a designated point on the South Strand from 2.30 pm to 3.45 pm.
The family will also lay a wreath to Muriel’s memory. This will be followed by a piper’s lament. This is a free family event, which is supported by the County Council and all are welcome.