The ideals and the courage of Cork men and women who joined the fight for Irish freedom were remembered in a state ceremony on Easter Monday March 28th. Hundreds of civic, political, and military guests attended the state commemoration at the National Monument.
The Proclamation was later read to the assembled guests by Lt Cian Clancy, before wreaths were laid at the National Monument by Ard Mhéara Cllr Chris O’Leary, Mayor of County Cork John Paul O’Shea and Defence Minister Simon Coveney. Following a minute’s silence and the Last Post by buglers of the Army 1st Brigade Band, Lt Diarmuid Barry raised the National Flag.
Ard Mhéara Cllr Chris O’Leary reminded those who gathered that, while the men and women who bore arms are rightly regarded as heroes and heroines, they were no different to Irish people today. For, as well as being mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, loving sports, or being poets and writers, he said, it was a love of their country that drove them to sacrifice all that was beautiful in their lives for Irish freedom.
“An abiding patriotism that could not rest until the country that they loved was in charge of its own future. It’s true that these extraordinary people were no different from us except perhaps in that one respect,” said the lord mayor.
Ard Mhéara Cllr Chris O Leary speaking at the State Ceremony
The Irish Air Force flying over the National Monument in Cork City as part of the State Cermony on Easter Monday March 28th
The large crowd gathered to watch the State Ceremony