Focus on history at inspiring meeting
It was a night to remember when Rosslare Historical Society last week hosted one of their best-attended meetings in the Danby Lodge Hotel, Killinick with a rare half proclamation taking centre stage.
The focus was on 1916 in County Wexford and the audience was spellbound as the story of the part played by Wexford people in the Easter Rising was narrated by three guest speakers.
In the absence of Tommy Byrne, Chairman of the Historical Society, Brian Murphy presided, and he revealed how the Irish tricolour came to be flown for the first time in Rosslare.
It was a dramatic story which had been recorded by Brian's father, the late Ibar Murphy, a noted historian from the area.
Roger Sinnott from Wexford was introduced to the audience and he shared some wonderful memories relating to his father Sean, who had been arrested and imprisoned .
Criostoir MacCarthaigh, UCD Archivist, spoke about the rare 1916 half-proclamation which had been discovered in Scoil Mhuire, Rosslare.
This valuable document had been authenticated and stored in a secure place for the past ten years. It was on display on the night and was the focus of intense interest.
Grainne Doran, Wexford Archivist, gave a fascinating presentation on the Rising in County Wexford and the personalities involved. After sketching out the events which led to the Rising, she provided a comprehensive account of the day-by-day happenings during that extraordinary Easter Week, and her talk was illustrated by an extensive collection of stunning photographs from the period. All the speakers were enthusiastically applauded at the end of an inspiring meeting.