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Collins and Griffith are remembered

Sunday, 2nd September, 2018 2:00pm
Collins and Griffith are remembered

General Michael Collins and President Arthur Griffith were remembered at the annual commemoration. PHOTO: CHRIS BELLEW

Collins and Griffith are remembered

General Michael Collins and President Arthur Griffith were remembered at the annual commemoration. PHOTO: CHRIS BELLEW

GENERAL Michael Collins and President Arthur Griffith were both remembered at the 96th annual commemoration that took place in  Glasnevin Cemetery earlier this month.

Minister for Defence, Paul Kehoe, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Anthony Lavin, Chairman of the Collins Griffith Commemoration Society, William Lavelle, and Chairman of the Glasnevin Trust, John Green, led proceedings at the event.

Former TD, MP and Minister, Austin Currie, delivered the annual oration at the graveside of Collins.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Caledon protest, led by Currie, which is regarded as marking the start of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights movement.

Orla O’Connor, Director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland, also spoke at the event to mark the 100th anniversary of Bliain na mBan, when women first earned the right to vote.

The event was marked by the raising of the of the National Flag at the Sigerson Monument by the Defence Forces, and the laying of wreaths at the graves of General Michael Collins and Eamon Duggan.

Minister Kehoe said the occasion allowed people to reflect on the outstanding contribution made to the State by two colossal figures of Irish politics.

“As Minister with responsibility for Defence, it gives me particular privilege to honour General Michael Collins, whose legacy includes the unrivalled leadership he displayed as Commander in Chief of the National Army during one of our darkest periods,” he continued.

“Although less celebrated, Arthur Griffith’s legacy and indeed his role in achieving Irish independence provides a timely reminder to us all of the importance of strength and courage in politics.

“At a time of uncertainty caused by Brexit, it should be remembered how Collins and Griffith, through dialogue and constitutional politics, ensured the interests of their people were best served.”

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