Step back in time for 1916 event in Glenfarne

1916 commemoration

Step back in time for 1916 event in Glenfarne
By Fiona Heaveyfiona.heavey@leitrimobserver.ie @LeitrimToday

This Saturday, September 10 Glenfarne honours Sean Mac Diarmada, one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising.

The commemoration events begin at the local GAA Park at 5pm where Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher GAA will host the first ever Under 12 hurling match to be played in the park.

This will be followed by an Under 12 football match.

Hurling was MacDiarmada's sport and at one stage he made his own hurley which is at present held in a Dublin Museum.

After the games everybody will be lead by a pipe band to the nearby Railway Station in Glenfarne.

It was from this station that Sean MacDiarmada left Leitrim for the last time in October 1915 after visiting his homestead.

The flagstone on which MacDiarmada stood before he departed has been inscribed in his memory.

At 8pm the gathering will walk the short distance by lamplight to the Rainbow Ballroom of Romance for a vintage tea party.

People are invited to come dressed in period costume to re-inact the atmosphere of the era and it would be very appropriate as a Step Back In Time dance begins at 9pm, with a full bar in operation.

Music by Mountain Fever.

So, come on your High Nelly, your pony and trap, your vintage car or just come as you are!

Everyone is welcome to this unique and historic event.

Let’s create the magic of the time on a day that is shaping up to be a very memorable one.

This is a 2016 commemorative event jointly organised by Glenfarne Development Committee and Kiltyclogher/Glenfarne GAA.