This weekend Friday 10th to Sunday 12th June promises to be a great feast of commemoration of the events of 1916. The theme for the weekend – “Two Paths to One Place” brings together many events of one hundred years ago.
Starting on Friday night (10th) at the Ballybay Pearse Brothers Clubhouse (9pm) is a performance of the play “Pull Down the Horseman” written by Eugene Mc Cabe in 1966. The play recounts a meeting between James Connolly and Padraig Pearse that took place in early 1916. It has been preformed a number of times in Clones and Monaghan this year and we are delighted to host this fantastic play. The evening will begin with a traditional music session at 8pm.
On Saturday 11th June at 6pm a street drama at the Courthouse will re-enact the events that led to the split in the Volunteer movement. This event is one of the highlights of the weekend and will demonstrate that high emotions of people at the time. Following the street drama the “Parade of the Youth” takes place. This is a parade of underage football teams from the parish and surrounding clubs. The participation of youth and culture is very central to the ideals of 1916. At 7-16pm (1916 on the 24 hour clock) a reading of the proclamation will take place. This will be read by people of different religions and ages but who are all from the area. This will be followed by a flag raising ceremony. A large crowd is expected in town for this and they will be entertained afterwards with bouncy castles and music on the street.
A cultural evening of music, dance and poetry is planned for the Ballybay Pearse Brothers Centre on Sunday evening from 3pm until 7pm. An exhibition relating to 1916 will be open all weekend. This will take place in the upstairs meeting room at Liam Smyth’s on Main Street.
Anyone who would like to have anything related to 1916 in the exhibition should contact Rory Mc Atavie at 0877687248 or any committee member.