Ballinlough plays host to a series of 1916 Commemorations on Easter Weekend, March 26th to 28th.
Saturday March 26th
4pm – Official Opening in Ballinlough square of 1916-2016 commemorations and celebrations
4.30pm – Brief talk on local history of Ballinlough and in particular the tragic events of 1920
5pm – Unveiling of re-erected street names.
5.30pm – “The Soldiers of Cumann na mBan” rendition by Soloist and cousin of the late Vol. Michael Keane as a tribute to the women of Ireland in the 1920’s.
6pm – Memorabilia & photographic exhibition in Kennedy’s White-house Hotel. Musical treat of traditional Irish music by John Carlos and friends. Light refreshments will be served.
Blue Ridge Band Saturday night entertainment in Kennedy’s Whitehouse Hotel.
Sunday March 27th
12pm – Special Commemorative Mass in honour of all who gave their lives for Ireland. Parade from church to the monument in the Square led by piper and local colour party.
Unveiling and blessing of specially commissioned proclamation stone and wreath laying ceremony.
Reading of Proclamation. Solo rendition of “Woodlands of Loughlynn”. Musical performance by local artists.
5-7pm – Musical Session by John Carlos and friends in Whitehouse Hotel. Incorporating Photographic & memorabilia exhibition.
8pm – Historical performance of events of 1920 in Ballinlough entitled “Away Today, Ablaze Tonight” at Kennedy’s Whitehouse Hotel. Incorporating drama, music, song and dance.
Monday March 28th
3pm – Michael Glaveys versus Aughamore Gaelic Football Match at Peadar Earley Park, followed by presentation to teams and refreshments in the White-House Hotel.
9.20pm – Historical Table Quiz in Campbell’s Lounge, Ballinough.
Informal Seisiún, all musicians welcome, Light refreshments served.