THE Council and Sinn Féin will, as always, hold separate Easter Rising Commemoration events in Tralee on Easter Sunday.
The Kerry County Council event will begin at 11am with the formal raising of the National Flag at Páirc An Phiarsaigh, Denny Street, by Mayor Terry O’Brien and a reading of the 1916 Proclamation by Paul McCarthy, student at Coláiste Gleann Lí, Tralee.
At 11.15 a.m there will be an oration by the teacher, poet, author and social activist Seán Lyons and this will be followed at 11.30am by the laying of the Wreath Ceremony at the Pearse Memorial. Tea and coffee served in the Brandon Hotel afterwards.
Meanwhile, Barry McElduff MLA will be keynote speaker at the Sinn Féin Easter Rising commemoration in Tralee.
The commemoration in Tralee will leave The Square at 12.30pm on Easter Sunday and proceed to the Republican Plot in Rath graveyard. The event will be chaired by Councillor Toireasa Ferris.
Speaking ahead of the commemoration, the Assembly member for West Tyrone said; “Sinn Féin remains committed to the realisation of the vision of 1916 and the implementation of the principles of the Proclamation.”
“This year we especially remember the 100th anniversary of the death of the first hunger striker and Kerry native Thomas Ashe. Kerry played a leading role in the events surrounding the Rising and the first casualties took place here, the sacrifices that Kerry men and women made in the struggle are well known to Republicans throughout the country and it is a great privilege for me to be asked to speak at this years commemoration in Tralee.”