Wednesday 23 January 2019

Wexford town to recall life and times of Irish Parliamentary Party MP John Redmond 100 years on

John Edward Redmond
John Edward Redmond

David Tucker

A series of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of one of Wexford's most famous and controversial figures, John Redmond, are to take place in the town over the weekend of March 3 and 4.

The launch of the Redmond 100 exhibition and the talking history audio smart facility will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, followed by a walking tour of locations associated with the Irish Parliamentary Party MP at 3 p.m.

Contributors will be author and Redmond biographer Dermot Meleady, author, journalist and videographer Ronan McGreevy and Dr Martin O'Donoghue, from the National Library of Ireland.

From 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, a Redmond Seminar will take place in Wexford town library.

Speakers will be Mr Meleady, with the topic 'From Parnellite to National Leader,' Mr McGreevy on 'John Redmond and World War One' and Dr O'Donoghue on 'The Legacy of John Redmond'.

At 3 p.m. a remembrance ceremony and wreathlaying will take place at the Redmond Mausoleum, in St John's Graveyard, John Street.

The parade, which is due to arrive at 2.50 p.m. on the day. will be led by a colour party from the 3rd Battalion, Irish Defence Forces, members of the ONE Commodore John Barry Wexford branch. the mayor and councillors.

Following opening remarks, there will be a musical interlude by Ms Mollie Carroll on harp, followed by a short history on the life of John Redmond by local historian Jarlath Glynn and a speech by Dr Mary Greene, the MP's great grandaughter.

This will be followed by a series of wreath-layings at the mausoleum on behalf of the people of Wexford, the government and the family and descendants of John Redmond.

A Minute's Silence will be followed by the Piper's Lament played by the New Ross FCA Pipe Band, the The Last Post played by Anthony Nolan, the raising of the national flag and Reveille sounded by Anthony.

The blessing will be given by Fr Aodhán Marken and Canon Arthur Minion

Closing remarks will be followed by Amhrán na bhFiann played by St Patrick's Fife & Drum Band. The Redmonds were of Norman descent and towards the end of the 1700s the family became involved in trade, commerce and shipping. John Edward was a liberal MP for the town from 1859-1865. It was due to his influence that the railway was brought to Wexford and he was also responsible for the reclamation of 5,000 acres of Wexford harbour now called the slob lands. The monument in Redmond Square is to his memory.

His grand-nephew also called John Edward Redmond (1856-1918) was the leader of the Irish Parliamentary party after 1900 having reunited the party after the Parnell split. He served as MP for New Ross (1881-1885), North Wexford (1885-1891) and Waterford (1891-1918). His aim, and the aim of his party, was to secure Home Rule or a domestic parliament for Ireland. As a result of the British election of 1910, Redmond skilfully secured the passage of a third Home Rule bill through Westminster. However, the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914 delayed the introduction of Home Rule and support for Redmond declined rapidly under pressure of events at home and abroad in the following years. After a lifetime of service to his country he died on March 6, 1918 and is buried in the family mausoleum in this graveyard. His son Captain William Archer Redmond (1886-1932) is also buried here.

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