A calendar which featured the Kerry heroes of 1916 was launched at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade offices in Iveagh House, 80 St Stephens Green, on Tuesday 24 November, 2015.
The event was hosted by Jimmy Deenihan TD – about 200 attended the launch, including relatives of those from Kerry who were involved in the 1916 rising. Aside from Roger Casement and the failed Aud gun-running mission, Kerry figured prominently in 1916 through several participants from the county, including Ballylongford’s The O’Rahilly, Patrick O’Connor from Rathmore, Michael Mulvihill from Ballyduff, Ballybunion man Patrick Shortis and Con Keating from Cahersiveen who drowned when his car went off Ballykissane Pier as he was on the way to establish radio contact with the Aud.
Other key figures included Austin Stack from Tralee, Thomas Ashe from Lispole, Kilmackerrin man Fionan Lynch, Mike Knightly from Tralee and JJ McElligott, also from Tralee who went on to become Secretary of the Department of Finance and later, the Governor of the Central Bank. The launch event featured stories, recitations and songs from the relatives. The following was the Running Order of Speakers at the launch:
- Stephen MacEoin – 2016 Project Office, Defence Forces – ‘1916 Commemorations’
- Gavin Ring – Great Grandson of Eugene Ring
- Edmund Sweetman – Great grandnephew of The O Rahilly
- Muiris Crowley (Actor) – ‘The O’Rahilly’ – W B Yeats
- Jim Knightly – Son of Michael Knightly
- Professor Joe Walsh – Grandnephew of Thomas Ashe
- Muiris Crowley (Actor) – ‘Let me carry your cross for Ireland Lord’
- Professor Tim Lynch – Grandson of Fionan Lynch
- Anna Devlin – Granddaughter of JJ McElligott
- Muiris Crowley – ‘The Ghost of Roger Casement’
- Michael Mulvihill – Grandnephew of Michael Mulvihill
- Muray Johnson – Grandnephew of Patrick Shortis
- Mike Hanrahan – ‘The Ballad of James Connelly’
- Muiris Crowley – Casement’s ‘Speech from the Dock’
- Micheál O’Muireachtaigh – Official launch of Calendar
All proceeds from the sales of calendars will go towards the Kerry Literary & Cultural Centre in Listowel. The calendar proved extremely popular with those present and is in great demand since the launch, with Kerry and non Kerry people alike. Should readers wish to avail of the calendar (which costs €15) please contact:
Cara Trant, Manager of the Literary Centre in Listowel – Tel: 068 22212.