In the early morning of next Thursday, 12 May, Leitrim people will gather outside Kilmainham Gaol at the exact time when Seán Mac Diarmada was executed 100 years ago.
This will be one of the outstanding and iconic events which have been organised to commemorate the 1916 Rising and the execution of Seán Mac Diarmada in particular
The Kiltyclogher Seán Mac Diarmada Commemoration Committee and Coiste Cuimhneacháin 1916, Béal an Átha Móir have combining to bring people by bus to this event and it is expected that many Leitrim living in Dublin, or indeed from elsewhere, will also come to Kilmainham on that night to commemorate this memorable night in Irish history.
The vigil will start at 3.00am on the morning of Thursday next and the group will be joined by the immediate relatives of Seán Mac Diarmada as well as relatives of James Connolly who was executed the same morning 100 years ago.
The commemoration programme will include a reading of Seán Mac Diarmada’s last letter to his family and a poignant period of respectful silence at 3.45 am the exact time when Seán Mac Diarmada was executed.
Representations were made to the Office of Public Works to allow members of the Mac Diarmada Family to be given access to the Stonebreaker’s Yard where the executions took place but, despite a number of requests, this has not been granted by the OPW.
However, it is hoped to commemorate this event in a fitting way outside the walls of the jail. Anybody who wishes to be present on this historic occasion is welcome to attend. Beidh fáilte romhat.