Leinster Leader, Saturday, September 25, 1948

'98 Ceremony

At a special meeting of the Association on Friday evening in Droichead Nua arrangements were made for the forthcoming ’98 commemoration ceremonies to be held at Naas on the 3rd proximo and the Gibbet Rath on the 10th October, 1948.

A letter was read from the Secretary of the Naas District Committee inviting a detachment of the Old I.R.A. to lead the parade and to supply the firing party and the bugler. He further requested that the Committee mobilise the Cumann na mBan throughout the county with a view to that body following the I.R.A. in the parade.

It was decided that all I.R.A. men and Cumann na mBan (medal holders) assemble at the Fair Green, Naas, at 2.30 p.m., sharp, on Sunday, 3th October and as the Naas branch is one of the foremost Branches of the Association, it is hoped that they will have its largest muster of men on that day.

With a view to organising North Kildare, it was decided to hold a meeting in Naas after the parade and to invite all I.R.A. officers to attend, as this will be the Committee’s final effort to organise that portion of the county.

In connection with the Gibbet Rath parade it was decided that the I.R.A. and Cumann na mBan assemble at the Stone Barracks, i.e., on the main road between Kildare and Newbridge, at 1.15 p.m. on Sunday, October 10th.

Athgarvan Branch Old I.R.A.
There was a large attendance at the monthly meeting of the Athgarvan branch of the Old I.R.A., held recently. Mr. M. Cardiff (Chairman) presided. Arrangements were made for the celebration in the Dominican Church, Droichead Nua, on October 3rd, of the annual Mass for the deceased members of the branch. It was decided to request the Droichead Nua branch to participate and the secretary (J. Coogan) was instructed to inform relatives of the deceased members to date, time, etc.
A number of complaints as to delay in the issue of service medals were before the meeting, and it was decided that the Department be requested, through the usual channels, to expedite issues.

Arrangements having been made to send a branch contingent to participate in the ’98 Commemoration parade at Naas on October 3rd, the meeting concluded by passing a vote of sympathy with the relatives of the late John Cully, Athgarvan.

Suncroft ’98 Committee
A recent meeting of the above committee was very well attended. Arrangements were made for the participation of a local contingent at the forthcoming commemoration ceremony at Gibbet Rath on October 10th. This contingent will assemble at Brownstown, and will march to the Rath from that point.


To Attend Dunlavin Ceremony

The Dunlavin 1798 Commemoration Committee have invited the Dublin Wicklowmen’s Association to participate in the ceremonies there on Sunday, 17th October, Rev. Fr. S. Burke, C.F., President of the Association, will unveil a Celtic Cross on the occasion and deliver the oration. Special buses have been engaged to transport the Dublin contingent and band which will accompany them, and as accommodation is limited, intending participants should contact the Secretary at 5 Shanid Road, Kenilworth Park, Dublin. A short dance will be held in the Imaal Hall same night, and the buses have been arranged to return immediately after the dance.