1916 commemoration takes place in Ballaghaderreen

A commemoration to mark volunteers from Ballaghaderreen who were arrested during the 1916 Rising took place in the town on Saturday.

Picture Credit: Glynn’s Photography, Castlerea

The commemoration marked an event which occurred approximately one week after the surrender of the Irish Volunteers in Dublin. British army troops from Boyle accompanied by the local RIC, conducted an early morning raid on the residences of Volunteer and Sinn Fein activists in Ballaghaderreen. J.J. Coleman, B.J. Flannery, James Cunniffe, Thomas McCormack, Bartley O’Gara, Joe Trimble, Patrick J. Ryan, Joseph O’Kelly, Bertie Shouldice, John F. Morley and Thomas F. O’Hara, John J. Colleran, John Cooney were arrested in the locality. Jack Shouldice and Frank Shouldice arrested in Dublin.

The men were held in Richmond Barracks, Dublin and charged with aiding and promoting rebellion in Ireland. They were subsequently transported to Lewis prison, Sussex, England and later to Frongoch Internment Camp, Wales.

The commemorative event began at the old train station and the attendees then walked to Dillon House where they viewed a display of photographs from the period and listened to talks on the internees and on the role that Frongoch Internment Camp played in the Irish revolution from Dr. Conor McNamara of NUIG and Mr. Gerald O’Hara, one of the organisers of the event.