l-r: Breed Tobin-McGrath, Oliver Twomey and his uncle, 92-year-old Dermot Twomey, whose family is closely associated with the Kilmichael ambush, laying a wreath at the 1916 monument in Conna last Sunday. (John Ahern)

Villages and towns across Ireland were given no manual in how best to mark the centenary of 1916 – it wasn’t necessary because instinctively, citizens have a feel for such occasions.

In every instance, commemorations have been dignified, while at same time lacking nothing in the pomp and ceremony department.

On Sunday last Conna, which has a revolutionary past dating back to 1798, got the balance just right with a well run, tightly choreographed programme of events.

Overseen by members of Conna Community Council, the event comprised a march, music, reading of the proclamation, flag raising, wreath laying and playing of both the last post and national anthem.

The occasion’s ‘front man’ was veteran community activist, Gerard O’Mahony, who produced photographic evidence to prove he was present 50 years hence (as an 11 year old altar boy) at the 1966 celebrations.

Coverage on this week’s Print & Digital Edition