150th Anniversary of the 1848 Rebellion
1848-1998 Young Ireland Commemoration Programme
In July of 1998, as chairman of the 1998 Young Ireland Commemorative Committee, I had great pleasure in welcoming everyone from at home and abroad to the Famine Warhouse and in extending to them an invitation to join with us in celebrating an event that had happened 150 years ago in our midst - an event that was to have such a profound influence on the course of Irish History and which continues today as we strive for a new accommodating and inclusive Ireland. In particular I welcomed our Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern and his Minister of Defence, Mr. Michael Smith, who had just given an undertaking, on behalf of the Government, to purchase and maintain the Warhouse as a lasting and fitting Memorial to the Young Irelanders of 1848.
The Commemorative Committee through its various subcommittees put together a full and varied Programme of Events that we hoped would meaningfully represent what the celebration of 1848 should entail. We received such great help, support, co-operation and financial assistance from so many that it would be impossible for me to acknowledge all the contributions individually except to say a general thank you to all for a job well done. In saying that it would be remiss of me not to mention the pivotal part played by Slieveardagh Rural Development (S.D.R.), its Officers and Officials who had driven this project from the outset.
Martin Maher, Chairman
1848 Young Ireland Commemorative Committee.
Programme of Events 1998
THE YOUNG IRELAND COMMEMORATION
The events of the 1848 Rising hold a special place in the hearts of the people of the Slieveardagh Hills. On its 150th anniversary Slieveardagh Rural Development celebrated the legacy of that influential movement with a 9 day festival that included a wide range of attractive events.
in The Commons
at 2.30 pm
THE RAISING OF THE "OLD IRISH FLAG".
OPENING OF THE AGRICULTURAL EXHIBITION
in The Commons at 3.30pm.
"THE POETRY OF YOUNG IRELAND"
in Kilcooley Abbey at 7.00 pm
An evening of verse in the abbey’s beautiful cloister garden.
SENIOR HURLING TOURNAMENT
in The Commons at 7.3Opm
GORTNAHOE / GLENGOOLE V M MULLINAHONE
1848 LECTURES No. 1: Dr. Richard Davis
in Ballingarry Hall at 8.30 pm
"Why was William Smith-O’Brien at the
Widow McCormack’s House"
MONDAY 27th JULY 1998
OPENING OF COALMINING EXHIBITION
in The Commons NS at 8pm by Mr. Martin Hayes
"MASTERS" HURLING MATCH (OVER 40's)
in The Commons at 7.30 pm
TIPPERARY V KILKENNY
1848 LECTURES No. 2: Mr. Brendan Kiely
in SRD, Killenaule at 9 pm
"Young Ireland’s Last Battle The events of 1848 in South East Ireland".
TUESDAY 28th JULY 1998
SENIOR HURLING TOURNAMENT
in Killenaule at 7pm Killenaule /Moyglass v. Ballingarry
OPENING OF THE TRADITIONAL MUSIC EXHIBITION
in the SRd Centre at 8pm
1848 LECTURES No. 3: Mr. Patrick Mitchel
in SRD Centre at 9pm
"John Mitchel: Young Irelander and MP for Tipperary"
WEDNESDAY 29th JULY 1998
"FROM THE HARP TO THE TRICOLOUR"
A ceremony to mark the adoption of the tri -colour during the rising The
exchange of flags will occur at 3pm in The Commons.
JUVENILE HURLING TOURNAMENT
in The Commons at 6.3Opm
Killenaule / Moyglass v. Gortnahoe / Glengoole
OPENING OF THE ARTS AND CRAFTS EXHIBITION
in Ballingarry Hall at 7.3Opm
1848 LECTURES No. 4: Mr. Patrick J. O’Connor
in Kilcooley Hall at 9p.m. 'The Palatine Community'
THURSDAY 30th JULY 1998
VISIT OF AN TAOISEACH TO THE SITE OF THE 1848 RISING
at The Commons at 4pm
JUVENILE HURLING TOURNAMENT
in Mullinahone at 7.3Opm Mullinahone v. Ballingarry
OPENING OF THE SCHOOLS PROJECT EXHIBITION
in Glengoole Hall at 8.30pm
1848 LECTURES No.5:
in Moyglass Hall at 9.30pm 'Education in the 1840s'
FRIDAY 31st JULY 1998
"OLD RULES" HURLING MATCH
"The Shonethrowers" v. "The Cat’s"
Crossborder challenge between Tipperary and Kilkenny teams
in Gortnahoe at 7.3Opm
EXHIBITION OF GAA MEMORABILIA
in Gortnahoe Hall at 5.30 pm
1848 LECTURES No. 6: Mr. Seamus King
in Gortnahoe Hall at 9pm
"Hurling before the GAA"
SATURDAY 1st AUGUST 1998
1848 GOLF CLASSIC in Callan Golf Club
1848 LECTURES No. 7: Dr. Thomas McGrath
in The Commons N.S. at 2.30pm
'The Young Ireland Rising in Slieveardagh'
JUVENILE SPORTS DAY
in Gortnahoe GAA Field at 1.30pm for the
children of the greater Slieveardagh area.
LARGE SCALE PAGEANT
DRAMATISING THE EVENTS OF 1848
in The Sports Field, The Commons at 7.30pm
This event will be the centrepiece of’ the 1848 celebrations
involving over 200 dancers musicians and actors.
Playing the part of RIC men pictured at the Pageant dramatising the events of 1848 at The Commons on Saturday evening are L to R: Shamus Healy, T.J. Cahill, Pat McGarry, Tom Egan, and Pat Langton.
Playing the part of 'Redcoats' at the Pageant dramatising the events of 1848 at The Commons on Saturday evening are Front L to R: John Lawlor and Patrick Ivors. Back L to R: Mary Cahill, Aileen Egan, Barry Egan, Sean Healy, John Fleming and Teresa McGarry.
SUNDAY 2nd AUGUST 1998
THE REBELLION ROUTE ROAD RACE
A tough 11 mile race following the route of the Young Irelanders from
Mullinahone to the Commons
Starting at 2pm Open to all adults.
THE LARRY WALL-FITZPATRICK
TRADITIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
This long established, traditional music festival, starts at 2.30pm in The Commons. This summer highlight includes competitions in fiddle and tin whistle playing, outdoor 'Cross-Roads' dancing and traditional street sessions.
CAMOGIE TOURNAMENT FINAL
in The Commons at 7.30pm
1848 LECTURES No. 8: Mr. Brendan 0 Cathaoir
in Ballingarry Hall at 8:30pm
'John Blake-Dillon and The Nation'
MONDAY 3rd AUGUST 1998
"THE KILLENAULE BARRICADE RE-ENACTMENT"
A re-creation of the famous 1848 scene -evening.
JUVENILE HURLING FINAL
in The Commons at 6pm
SENIOR HURLING FINAL
in Killenaule at 7.3Opm
1848 LECTURES No. 9: Dr. William Nolan
in the SRD Centre, Killenaule at 8.30pm
'Young Ireland and the Clergy'
SET DANCING CEILDHE
in 'Big Tom’s', Killenaule 9.30pm
Widow McCormack's Farmhouse
150th Anniversary Introduction Taoiseach's Speech