Cumann na Saoirse Náisiúnta

National Irish Freedom Committee

The  Annual Irish Republican Commemoration 2010

The Annual Irish Republican Commemoration was held at the Fenian Monument in Calvary Cemetery in Queens NY on Sunday November 14th at 11.00 am. The sponsoring National Irish Freedom Committee and Fenian Graves Association take this opportunity to thank all of our members and supporters who attended the commemoration.

This annual commemoration is held to remember and honor our departed Fenian heroes and heroines whose sacrifices over the centuries for Irish Freedom continue to be an inspiration to all of us and a reminder that what they strived to achieve is yet unfinished.  To that end the sponsoring organizations will support the centuries long struggle for true freedom and independence in a reunited 32-county sovereign and Gaelic Irish Republic.

In a departure from prior years this year's commemoration was held at the Fenian Monument, a sacred place surrounded by history and the mortal remains of many of our Fenian ancestors. The monument was erected in 1907 on the fortieth anniversary of the execution of the Manchester Martyrs and dedicated to the Fenian men of 1865 to 1867.

Maggie Trainor, the Master of Ceremonies, started off the program with a brief introduction. The first speaker introduced by Maggie was Séamus Ó Dubhda, a Gaelic speaker and lifelong unrepentant Fenian, read the Proclamation in Irish. In keeping with the spirit of the 1907 dedication, the second speaker, Liam Ó Murchú gave a brief account of that time in the 1860's and 70's and of the men and women who forged its' history. The biography of Col. Thomas J. Kelly, a prominent member of the Fenian Brotherhood and one of the men rescued from a prison van in Manchester in 1867 (an historic event that culminated in the execution of the Manchester Martyrs) was read by J. J. Jacobs.  Ian McGowan, a member of the Winged Fist Organization, laid a wreath at the base of the monument. Vic Sackett, an AOH member and the final speaker, explained the role and mission of the Fenian Graves Association.

After the commemoration ceremonies ended most of the attendees met at a local restaurant for brunch. Ideas were exchanged regarding future commemorations including how to streamline the process and broaden participation and how best to deal with inclement weather, which is always a consideration for outdoor events in and around the winter months.  A number of good ideas were discussed that will be further evaluated by a special commemorations committee.


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