By John J Hassett PRO 3rd Tipp Brigade Old IRA Comm. Committee
“This is not a thank you and farewell occasion, it is a recognition of a milestone of 47 years of dedicated service by Carrie Acheson as Hon Secretary of the Third Tipperary Brigade Old IRA Commemoration Committee in remembering the dead who died for Ireland and all who participated in the movement for Irish freedom from 1916 to 1923 to free our country from British rule.” Sally Ryan Chairman of the Commemoration Committee said in her opening remarks at a special function to mark the elevation of Carrie Acheson as the first Hon Life President of the Third Tipperary Brigade Old IRA Commemoration Committee held in the Park Hotel Clonmel on February 10th.
The unique occasion brought together members of the Committee for a memorable assembly to mark fittingly the outstanding role Carrie Acheson played as Hon Secretary for over 47 years of the Commemoration Committee, as well as being Mayor of Clonmel, a member of Dail Eireann, actively involved at local and national level in the Ploughing Association and a Senior Director in a number of major Commercial Companies. Carrie in her response to a presentation she received from the Committee, recalled the many monuments erected over the last half century by the Committee, that mark the actual sites where ambushes occurred, where members of the IRA were killed in action, and where IRA members were interred in unmarked graves, from Carrick on Suir to Lisnagaul in the Glen of Aherlow. Carrie has an amazing power of recall of long past events, amusing happenings and colourful characters within the Committee of which she can so ably paint a vivid picture of in your mind with her apt descriptive words.
It was Carrie at her best, looking forward to what can be improved and what still needed to be done, playing a mid field role doing what she had done so well with sincerity commitment and still prepared to play her part, to perpetuate the memory of all who served in the Third Tipp Brigade Old IRA to make our land a Nation once again. It was a night when all felt the Spirit of Tipperary and the Fenian Faith radiating around the assembly room. Thank you Carrie and all present and everyone who in any way helped and helps the Committee to do its work.