Andrew Dineen, Mitchelstown Heritage Society chairman making a presentation of books to Lieutenant General Jim Parker, in the presence of local author, Bill Power. (Picture: Miko O'Grady)

On the eve of the calendar anniversary of the Easter 1916 Rising, the people of Mitchelstown gathered together on Saturday last to commemorate the centenary of the Rising, which shaped our nation, our people and our history.

Mitchelstown Heritage Society had organised a varied ceremony with history, music, poetry, a formal flag raising ceremony and the declaration of the Proclamation in the grounds of Mitchelstown Leisure Centre in the new Remembrance Garden there.

The guest of honour, who unveiled the beautifully crafted limestone monument was Mitchelstown native, Lieutenant General James Parker, DSM, the retired Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces who served from 1989-1992.

“His presence and that of Lt Mary Doyle, serving Defence Forces’ member, reminded everyone of the town’s historic links to the defence forces and the men of 1914-1923,” Mitchelstown Heritage Society chairman Andrew Dineen said.

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