Carrie Acheson Hon Life President of the Third Tipperary Brigade Old IRA Commemoration Committee and its former dynamic Hon Secretary for over four decades in a Pres Release issued, recalls her memories and doings, challenges and the immense satisfactions she derived from her demanding but fulfilling activities, honouring the men and women who delivered in their youth, the long sought freedom from British rule, as Hon Secretary of the Third Tipp Brigade Old IRA Commemoration Committee
Carrie Acheson stated. “Reflecting on my involvement of over two score years one of my important roles was arranging military funerals for the comrades of the Third Tipp Brigade Old IRA who after achieving freedom lived on to contribute in the making of the New Ireland, that has established itself among the nations of the world. How their families felt so proud and appreciative of the national flag and the military funerals accorded on such occasions. The availability and co operation of the then local military garrison in CJ Kickham Barrack Clonmel (alas no longer with us) was always first class. Such funerals were special occasions where old comrades met and exchanged greetings and recalled by gone times.”
Continuing Carrie Acheson stated. “The annual commemorations especially for Sean Treacy in Kilfeakle over the years have been and still remain one of the premier gatherings for our remembrance ceremonies held by his grave in Kilfeakle Cemetery in October each year. The old comrades of the Irish Republican Army and the ladies of Cumann Na Mban the greatest ever generation of our people, have now all departed to receive their eternal rewards from their Creator in Heaven. They were in life and will be in history our greatest ever generation, over coming massive odds against the worlds greatest ever Empire to achieve our freedom from foreign rule.”
Concluding her Press release Carrie Acheson said. “I thank all who helped in anyway including the media, and those who over the years who held and contributed to our Church gate collections that enable the Commemoration Committee to maintain the large number of monuments that mark the places of historic significance related to the War of Independence throughout South Tipperary. The work of the Third Tipperary Brigade Old IRA Commemoration Committee goes on and will continue while grass grows green in Ireland.