The Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society is visiting Balrothery village on Sunday the 18th February next. The Society’s Irish Volunteer re-enactors will parade behind the National Colour Party. The parade which will commence from “The Cuckoo Stone” at midday will march to the Community Centre supported by a piper.
At 12.15pm Pat Nugent’s excellent photographic exhibition will be opened in the Community Centre. This collection of photographs drawn from across the decades is well worth a visit at some point during the afternoon. The exhibition features many historic shots including dramatics pictures of the aftermath of the Sack of Balbriggan.
At 1.15pm Skerries historian, Frank Wherity will give an illustrated talk on his granduncle Thomas Hand. Tom was an active Trade Unionist and was the local branch secretary. He was also an active member of the Gaelic League. After the Rising, he was sent to Frongogh Internment Camp in Wales. On his release from Frongogh, he resumed his involvement with the Fingal Volunteers. He also served as a judge of the Dáil Courts.
In December 1920 his home was raided by the Tans and he was killed. There was a military Court of Enquiry into his death rather than an inquest. The finding was that he died of gunshot wounds inflicted by persons unknown.
This talk by Frank will deal with the life and times of Thomas Hand and those he worked with and the community he lived in.
All are invited to attend what will prove to be an enjoyable afternoon.
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