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Easter Sunday Commemorations For Garristown

Members of Garristown Historic Society look on as Lusk man Graham Blessing takes aim during the re-enactment of the taking of the Garristown RIC Station. (Picture taken 2016) This was a joint venture between FOIRA and Garristown Historic Society.

Garristown will again be host to the ‘Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society’ on April 1st, Easter Sunday. For over 70 years the Society has staged an Easter Sunday Commemoration marking the 1916 Rising anniversary.

The 5th Battalion of the Dublin Brigade, known as the Fingal Volunteers, played a strategic role during Easter week and delivered the only military success of the week for the rebels.

The Commemoration commences with a reading, by Orla Connolly, of the Proclamation outside Garristown Library after the 10.30 mass in the village.

The parade will then march behind the Black Raven Pipe Band to the local graveyard where a wreath, in symbolic recognition of all who gave service during Easter Week and all who aided the Fingal Volunteers, during the War of Independence, will be laid on the grave of James J Heery a local who served in the GPO in 1916.

On conclusion of the graveyard ceremonies, the parade will march to the Community Centre for light refreshments arriving 12.15pm. An exhibition of memorabilia and photographs will be on display there and a talk on the Fingal Volunteers will conclude the day’s events. It promises to be an action packed and historical morning for all the family to enjoy.