The village of Shinrone, Birr will this Sunday, March 6, honour the leaders of the 1916 Rising with a day of remembrance starting at 2pm in St. Mary's Church with an Ecumenical service led by Fr. Frank Meehan PP.
After the short service the assembled will move to Dr Patrick J. Doyle memorial cross, where the Proclamation will be read, a wreath will be laid in remembrance of all who lost their lives in the Rising and the Tricolour will be raised to full mast.
The Pipe Major will then lead down to the nearby Community Centre where an exhibition of 1916 era memorabilia will be on display, with some items not seen in public before. The Heritage Group is grateful for the loan of such items for this historic event.
A Ferbane native, Patrick Doyle was a fervent nationalist joining the IRB while still a student studying medicine at UCD. He fought with distinction at Marrowbone Lane under the command of Cmdt Con Colbert. He was captured and imprisoned in Frongoch, Wales, and released at Christmas 1916, going on the run in Offaly. He qualified as a doctor in 1918 and retained an interest in public life, becoming a member of Seanad Eireann from 1938-49. He was appointed GP for Moneygall / Shinrone district in 1920 - a position he held for 44 years.
The memorial erected in his memory in Shinrone was unveiled in 1966 by Eamon Bulfin, Derrinlough, Birr, the man who hoisted the flag over the GPO at the start of the Rising.
Shinrone is steeped in history and people connected with military life, from Obama's ancestors to Edward Hand, one of Washington's Irish general's and a signatory on the American Declaration of Independence, all and many more were born within the district of Shinrone.
For more information see Shinrone Heritage Group on Facebook.