Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Remembering the Battle of Ashbourne

The Meath District Council of SIPTU will commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of Ashbourne, with a series of events in Ashbourne and Navan this Saturday 30th April.
The commemoration will begin with a flag-raising event at the SIPTU Dan Shaw Centre in Navan at 3pm.  This will be followed by a march, which will include the Irish Citizen Army re-enactment Group, to the local 1916 monument.

SIPTU general president, Jack O'Connor, will lay a wreath and deliver a keynote address at the 1916 Monument in Ashbourne at 4.15pm.

The days events will then conclude at the Dan Shaw Centre in Navan with a ceremony to mark the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to the men, women and young people from County Meath who joined the struggle for Irish independence during the revolutionary period.

Historian, Michael Halpenny, will be a guest speaker at the unveiling ceremony.
SIPTU Meath District Council co-ordinator, John Regan, said: '' This event is part of a very successful wider series of commemorations and events to celebrate the 1916 Rising organised by SIPTU.  '' Our union with, its headquarters in Liberty Hall, played a central role in the 1916 Rising.  Those involved in the Battle of Ashbourne on the rebel side were members of the 5th Battalion of the Irish Volunteers and were, in the main, working men, so its very fitting that SIPTU is taking the lead in commemorating this event on the exact date of its centenary.

Source, Meath Chronicle.      

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Paul Sheils Trip to Iceland

I was checking back recently and noticed that video I had posted of my son Paul's, Solo Trip to Iceland in July/August 2014 no longer worked.  He had edited it unknown to me and this caused a problem.
Please find below parts: 1,2,3 and four.







Part 3



Part 4

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Dawn of a Nation

When The Dawn is Come, an exhibition presented by Solstice and Meath County Council Library Service as part of Meath County Council's Centenary Programme 2016, opens this Thursday at 7.30pm in the Solstice Arts Centre, Railway St, Navan beside the Library .  The exhibition will be launched by writer Carlo Gebler.
  The exhibition includes marching banners of a Meath branch of the Irish National Volunteers. the  Navan branch of Irish National Foresters, the Navan branch of the Gaelic League, photographs of Meath Volunteers, official council minutes, and artefacts from Oldcastle Civilian Internment Camp ( 1914-1918 ).  This is the first time these artefacts have been shown together and they provide an insight into the revolutionary period in the County. The exhibition runs until 4th June.

Source, the Meath Chronicle. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Willis Clan

The Willis Clan, is a family of  12 siblings ranging in age from 21 to 3 years.  They are amazing: musicians, dancers, athletes, writers and artists.  Living near Nashville Tennessee, they merge their Irish roots with other music and dance genres to create a unique blend of the old and new.

Thanks to you tube.         Enjoy.