Cloughjordan to pay homage to local poet, patriot and educator Thomas MacDonagh

Easter Rising

Cloughjordan to pay homage to local poet, patriot and educator Thomas MacDonagh

Cloughjordan will pay homage to executed Easter Rising signatory, poet and native son Thomas MacDonagh over the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

This year's Thomas MacDonagh School co-incides with the day on which MacDonagh was shot in Kilmainham Jail along with Patrick Pearse and Thomas Clarke. They were the first of the Rising leaders to die on May 3, 1916.

One of the highlights of the school will be the unveiling of a bronze statue of MacDonagh on Main Street on Monday afternoon, May 2. The statue will be unveiled by MacDonagh's granddaughter Muriel McAuley.

The unveiling takes place after a parade through the village at 2pm and all are welcome. Traffic restrictions will apply.

The school itself starts on April 28, and among the highlights are: Thomas MacDonagh Summer School (speakers; Lucille Redmond on MacDonagh the Teacher; Prof Ruairí Brugha on those who fought and fell in 1916; Brian Hughes on Micheal Mallin; Ian Kelly on Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell, and Seán Ó Gorman with May McGill on Dublin in Easter Week) . There will be a memorial concert on Saturday night. The Sunday lecture, Married to MacDonagh, will be given by Michelle Drysdale, great grand-daughter of Thomas MacDonagh.

A full programme and how to book can be found at www.macdonaghheritage.ie and Cloughjordan 2016 facebook.