14 Aug 2022

Thank you from family of Sean MacDiarmada

Grandniece of 1916 hero

On behalf of Sean MacDiarmada’s family, I want to say a big thank you to the Sean MacDiarmada Commemoration Committee – namely Seamus and Michael Shanley, Maureen Cullen, Michael Colreavy, Jim Dillon, Pauric McSharry and the rest of the dedicated workers (especially the tea and sandwich makers). They organised a brilliant weekend, the like of which Kilty has never seen.

Thank you to all the people who attended the opening ceremony on Friday the 6th May, at the cottage, Cornmore, the speakers, including Kevin McCann, who is working so hard to make the film ‘The Rising’ and the wonderful musicians.

Later an enlightening lecture was given by Cormac O’Suilleabhain, so thank you to Cormac. Also thank you to the Sean MacDiarmada Boxing Club for arranging the tournament and all the participants.

Saturday morning saw the arrival of the Sean MacDiarmada G.F.C from Maghery, Co.Armagh – they laid a wreath at the monument in Kilty. This was very much appreciated.

Thank you to all the people who took part in Saturday night’s concert – a fantastic event – you should have been there!

The 11.15 mass on Sunday morning was in memory of our granduncle Sean, so thank you Father Pat Farrelly for arranging the mass and to Bishop Leo O’Reilly who said the mass – a fitting tribute to Sean.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Sunday parade – all the walkers, the Irish Volunteers and Cumann na mBan in period dress, the stewards, the marching bands and the wreath layers.

A big thank you also to the platform speakers – Michael Colreavy, Martin Kenny and Mary Lou McDonald who spoke so passionately and, of course, Michael Shanley who is a wonderful M.C and musician.

A special word of praise has to go to Dennis Dillon, who read ‘The Proclamation’ to the massive crowd.

A very special mention also to Paul Gibson, who does such sterling work in the Heritage Centre.

Of course a very big thank you to all who came to Kilty to support the events from 6th-8th May.

The early morning vigil outside of Kilmainham jail on Thursday, 12th May was very special for our family, so I want to thank Seamus and Michael Shanley, Sean O’Suilleabhain and any others who organised the bus from Kilty, all the passengers on the bus, especially the youngest – James Shanley (Michael’s grandson). I will never forget the beautiful rendition of ‘Sean from Cornmore’ sung by Rosie Steward. So a big thank you Rosie.

My granduncle Sean would have been so proud of each and every one of you – so again thank you.

If I’ve left anyone out please accept my sincere apologies.

- Maura Mylonas Grant Grandniece of
Sean MacDiarmada.

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