Nenagh councillors urged not have any conflict over focus of 1916 commemorations

An appeal has been made not to have any conflicts of interests over plans to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Tipperary.

An appeal has been made not to have any conflicts of interests over plans to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Tipperary.

At the March meeting of Nenagh Municipal District Council, Cllr Seamus Morris, SF, asked that a 1916 Garden of Remembrance be included in the proposed plans for Gills Garden at Nenagh castle, along with a copy of the Proclamation, seven trees to represent the seven signatories and a flag pole.

However, Cllr Ger Darcy, FG, said that while he had no objection to 1916 being commemorated in the town, he didn’t want a conflict of interest as Cloughjordan, the birthplace of Tomas MacDonagh, had a steering committee in place to mark the centenary.

Cllr Morris said it was a matter of putting something in place at a site that was already available.

However, district manager Marcus O’Connor pointed out that a Part 8 public consultation process had been gone through in relation to Gills Garden. “A sum of E10,000 has been allocated to Cloughjordan and that should be the main focus,” he said.

District administrator Rosemary Joyce, who represents the council on the steering committee, said that they were looking at putting something in place to remember MacDonagh on a permanent basis. “We need to look to the future as well as the past and may look at something in education,” she said, pointing out that MacDonagh was a founder of the ASTI and his parents had been local teachers. She said the committee would look at funding for a garden.