Thursday 17 October 2019

Celebration of Robert Brennan among 1916 celebrations

Robert Brennan.
Robert Brennan.

By David tucker

A ceremony to commemorate Robert (Bob) Brennan, an Irish Volunteer leader in County Wexford in 1916, who went on to be appointed Ireland's First Minister to the USA in 1934, will be part of the county's 1916 Rising centenary celebrations.

No precise details have so far been made public, but a teaser about the event was among plans unveiled at the launch of 31 local and community plans througout the state by Taoiseach Enda Kenny and other senior ministers last week.

Bob Brennan, who lived in Wexford town which is still deciding how to honour him, was the father of Maeve Brennan, one of the finest Irish writers of her time. Another Wexford event outlined at the launch was Macalla 1916, a new suite of music composed by Michael Rooney, will be presented and performed by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. The Wexford Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising is the outcome of consultations with interested local groups, organisations and individuals, who were invited to participate in the planning and implementation of the local programme.

Led by Wexford County Council and under the guidance of the local 1916 co-ordinator, the programmes contain events and initiatives ranging across all seven strands of the Ireland 2016 programme. Speaking at the launch of the County Plans, Enda Kenny said, 'the story and events of 1916 belongs to all of us regardless of political or family background, or personal interpretation of our modern history. I am delighted that the local authorities have reached into the heart of the communities you represent to ensure that next year will be a truly inclusive one.'

Wexford People

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