By John J Hassett
Pouring rain driven by gale force winds tested the commitment of all who travelled to Kilfeakle, last Sunday to commemorate Sean Treacy and his comrades of the Third Tipperary Brigade Old IRA. Despite the weather and the water saturated clothing of all present, the occasion was marked by a commemorative Mass in the parish church followed by an oration by Mr Tony Lane Kinsale, Treasurer of Crossbarry Kilmichael Commemoration Committee. The Sean Treacy Pipers Band of Moycarkey Borris led the parade to the adjoining cemetery which marked their 77th year commemorating the name of Sean Treacy. Wreaths were placed on the grave by the Third Tipp Brigade Old IRA Commemoration Committee. By Billy McGuire President Irish Republican Brotherhood. Councillor Martin Brown presided over the Sinn Fein Commemoration and the Carrick on Suir Republican Band contributed with their music to the proceedings.
Mr Tony Lane in his oration posed the question would Sean Treacy and his comrades be happy with how Dail Eireann have managed and continue to manage the affairs and business of the State, particularly with our emigration levels and the impact it has on local community life especially in Provincial Ireland, where parishes that have been the home of hurling and football, are now in danger of being unable to field teams next year. Our core values and national and Christian ideals are under critical assault by a materialistic driven Dublin media intent on lowering standards and destroying people’s local and national pride that activates economic recovery.