opening of the
very large group of the community gathered at Riverside,
Clonegal, on Saturday
23rd July 2016 at 12.00 noon for the official
opening of the 1916 Commemoration Garden. P.J. Kavanagh
was MC for the proceedings. The Cathaoirleach of Carlow
County Council, Councillor John Murphy began the ceremony
with the raising of the Irish Flag. The guest of honour,
Seamus Rafter, nephew of the Enniscorthy 1916 hero
Seamus Rafter was invited to unveil the 1916 Proclamation.
A lament was then played on the pipes. Seamus Rafter
went to the podium and gave a very interesting talk
about his uncle. Amhran na Bhfiann was then played
by the piper and a minutes silence was observed in
respect of all who gave their lives in 1916 for Irish
freedom. John McCabe then stepped forward to read the
1916 Proclamation. Following the reading of the Proclamation, the
young multi-talented Sheppard family entertained the
gathering with their songs and music. Everyone was
amazed with their ability at such young ages and very
much enjoyed their renderings. Local historian Dan
Murphy addressed the gathering with a very interesting
account of the history of Clonegal, the river Derry
and Clonegal Bridge dating back to the 12th Century,
which was full of interesting and amusing anecdotes.
The singing of the song “Grace” by Joe
Whelan concluded the proceedings. All were invited
to Johnny Dunne’s for refreshments.
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There was a brilliant turn out for the Community Work Day on 16th April
2016, especially from all the children, it really shows what a great
sense of community there is in our beautiful little village. The day started
off brilliantly as we were blessed with gorgeous dry weather. And from there
it went from strength to strength, there was lots of work completed, plenty of
chats had, a few cups of tea and a small raffle to round off the day. We will
be holding more work days in the near future and if we have the same number of
volunteers turning up we will be truly delighted. Well done everybody and thank
you all so much.
A second Work
Day was held on Saturday 30th April and
yet again the community came up trumps and there was a great turn
out with lots of work completed. Thank you again for all the work.
A big thank
you to An Taisce National Spring Clean for providing
the refuse sacks for our community work day. All refuse sacks provided
A further 2 Community Workdays were held on Saturday
21st and Saturday 28th May 2016.
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Towns Competition - Awards Night in the
Ben Mulhall Complex, Clonegal on 26th November 2015
The South East Awards Presentation Night was held in Ben Mulhall
Complex on the 26th November 2015. Minister
of Environment, Community & Local Government, Mr. Alan Kelly
T.D. arrived to present the awards along with Minister of State
at the Departments of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Transport,
Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Rural Economic
Development, Ms. Ann Phelan T.D. A representative from SuperValu,
the sponsors, was also there to present the awards. Representatives
of Fáilte Ireland conducted the proceedings.
It was a great night for Ben Mulhall Complex and Clonegal. Ben
Mulhall Complex was packed with recipients from all over the
South East. The complex looked magnificent for the occasion and
great credit is due to all who prepared the venue for the event.
There were in all 58 presentations and after the formalities
all who attended enjoyed very fine food. It was indeed a great
night for Clonegal.
To view photographs of the event
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