KILDARE OLD I.R.A
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 Committees
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.
The Dunlavin 1798 Commemoration Committee have invited the Dublin Wicklowmens 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.