10,000 at Rising events in Swords

by Emma Nolan
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MORE than 10,000 people attended the flagship event of the Fingal 2016 Centenary Programme, which took place in Swords last Sunday.
The Family Commemorative Day featured a State ceremonial event with the raising of the flag and the reading of the Proclamation by Captain John Quinn, surrounded by the 38th Rush Scouts Group who formed the guard of honour.
This was followed by a parade and additional family events, culminating in a fireworks display.
This flagship event, which was organised by Fingal County Council, was held to commemorate the contribution made by the men and women of Fingal to the events of 1916.
The commemorative parade, which travelled from the Dublin Road to Town Park, featured bands, including the Black Raven Pipe Band and St Patrick’s Brass & Reed Band, local community groups, GAA clubs, Irish dancers and Rothaiocht na mBan – a group of women who cycled in period costume to commemorate the contribution of women in Fingal to the events of 1916.
Mobile Monuments – the council’s Centenary Public Art Commission – also took part in the parade along with a performance devised by artists Rhona Byrne and Yvonne McGuinness, with the students of Swords Educate Together, St Mary’s National School, Garristown, St Catherine’s National School, Rush, and Castaheany Educate Together, who collaborated on the art works.
Following the parade, there was entertainment on the “Liberty Hall Main Stage” in Town Park.
The Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society, and members of Irish Military Living History, re-enacted events of the 1916 Rising, including the Battle of Ashbourne and the Surrender at New Barn, to an intrigued audience.
This was followed by a stunning performance by the Enchiriadis Treis Choir, where the choir performed an excerpt from their War to Peace show, which takes place in the Helix Theatre on April 30.
The Dublin 15 Brass Band, and Fergus Russell, of the 1916 Song Project, also performed to a huge crowd in Town Park. The evening finished with a fireworks display.
Speaking to The Gazette about the events, Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) said that Sunday was a “great day for Swords and Fingal and a very fitting reminder of the sacrifices made by people from the area 100 years ago”. He added that is was “great to see the castle and park being used for these events.
“Congratulations to Fingal County Council and the Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society and everyone else involved. The parade and re-enactment were great, followed by the later fireworks display.
“I went into the GPO in the morning just to be there exactly 100 years on, but I made sure to be back in Swords on time.”

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