Monument to Ricard O’Sullivan Burke at Kinneigh

CAHCS Heritage Week Event 2009

On Sunday evening 30th August 2009 at 6:30pm a monument was unveiled at Kinneigh by Brian Crowley M.E.P. to commemorate the extraordinary life of Ricard O’Sullivan Burke. Despite the inclement weather conditions a sizable crowd attended. CAHCS chairman Colum Cronin welcomed everybody & introduced the special guests.

Seamus O’Donoghue spoke in fascinating detail on the life of Ricard who was born in 1838, just a short distance from Kinneigh. (Seamus & Mary Lynch co-wrote a book entitled “O’Sullivan Burke, Fenian”) Mary Lynch explained her reasons for erecting this monument in memory of her great grand-uncles Ricard (& Morgan) O’Sullivan Burke. Brian Crowley M.E.P. spoke words of praise for Mary & Seamus for their literary achievements & in particular for Mary’s efforts which culminated in the erection of this monument. As Brian performed the unveiling he said; “May all who pass here be inspired by the history, and may all who stand here recognise the greatness that’s before us” A piper played a lament, followed later by the National Anthem, while the tricolour fluttered in the rainy breeze beside a green harp Fenian Flag.

Everybody was invited to An Caipín for refreshments where, amid welcome cups of tea & coffee, tales of old & new were exchanged in jovial banter.

Brian Crowley unveils Ricard O'Sullivan Burke memorial watched by (left) Colum Cronin (right) Mary Lynch: Photo: Stephanie Larkin

Brian Crowley unveils Ricard O'Sullivan Burke memorial watched by (left) Colum Cronin (right) Mary Lynch: Photo: Stephanie Larkin

Brian Crowley with Berni Whyte of Ballineen Enniskeane Heritage Group.  Photo: Colum Cronin
CAHCS ladies with Brian Crowley  Photo: Colum Cronin
CAHCS ladies with Brian Crowley      Photo: Colum Cronin
THE MONUMENT  Photo: Colum Cronin

THE MONUMENT Photo: Colum Cronin

Podcasts/Audio Recordings

Brian Crowley’s speech:

Seamus O’Donovan’s and Mary Lynch’s speeches:

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